How to Switch from Baquacil to Chlorine

The following article covers pool water conversion from pools using Baquacil to Chlorine. The best time to complete...

How to Switch from Baquacil to Chlorine

The following article covers pool water conversion from pools using Baquacil and that would like to convert to using regular chlorine. The best time to complete this process is when there is the least amount of Baquacil chemicals in the pool, generally in the spring when prepping your swimming pool for the upcoming season.

You may find after reading through this process that it is easier to simply change you water entirely since above ground pools typically have a lesser amount of water as compared to inground pools.

Convert Your Pool From Baquacil to Chlorine


Discontinue using all Baquacil products.

Discontinue using Baquacil to Chlorine

Completely clean your filter. If you have a sand filter, change your sand. If you have a cartridge filter, purchase a new cartridge. If you have a D.E. filter, soak and clean the fingers in a cleaning solution.

Baquacil to Chlorine clean your filter

Test and adjust pH and Alkalinity.

Baquacil to Chlorine adjust pH and Alkalinity

Pool Check 3-in-1 Chlorine Test Kit

Is a three way test kit tests for chlorine, pH and alkalinity levels. Proper levels keep your pool sparkling clear. One bottle contains 50 Strips. Learn more...

Pool Check 3-in-1 Chlorine Test Kit

Shock your pool with Non-Chlorine Shock or OxyShock. Use double the amount of shock as normal. For every 5,000 gallons, use 2 lbs. of OxyShock.

Baquacil to Chlorine Shock your pool

Focus Multi Function Shock 10oz. Bag

Focus Multi Purpose Shock is neccessary at the beginning of the season, during hot weather, and following heavy rain or windstorms. Focus Multi Purpose Shock is a highly effective sanitizer that kills harmful bacteria, aids in algae control and helps keep the pool clean and clear. Learn more...

Focus Multi Function Shock 10oz. Bag

Turn pool filter system on and continuously run for 2 days.

Baquacil to Chlorine Turn pool filter system on

After 2 days, test and re-adjust pH to neutral levels.

Baquacil to Chlorine re-adjust pH

Add chlorine in small amounts. Add chlorine in small amounts and take note of the pool water for any changes in color. Once a chlorine reading of at least 1 ppm is obtained, continue to add chlorine on a day-to-day basis until you reach 3 ppm.

Baquacil to Chlorine small amounts

In this scenario you would need to raise the level of pool chlorine

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Continue regular chlorine maintenance schedule.

Baquacil to Chlorine regular maintenance

Expert Tips from The Pool Factory

  • It is a good idea to continue to use Non-chlorine shock for the remainder of the swimming season. Problems could still arise later on by using the high doses of chlorine found in regular chlorine shock.
  • If any issues arise throughout the process with water clarity or color. It will most likely be easier to start from scratch, draining the pool of its current water, and replacing it with fresh water. No additional steps are needed when starting with fresh water. Simply begin using shock and chlorine once your swimming pool is full of new water. The above process is only a way to salvage your current water and avoid any high water bills.