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How Long Do Pool Chemicals Last in Storage?

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How Long Do Pool Chemicals Last in Storage?

A display of brandless pool chemicals sitting beside a swimming pool.

Pool owners across the nation know that high-quality pool chemicals are a must-have and that they don’t last forever in storage. But before you go through your collection and toss everything you’ve had since last summer, check out our list to learn more about their shelf life. 

Chlorine-Based Chemicals

Chlorine is one of the most essential chemicals for pool maintenance. When stored properly, chlorine-based chemicals can have a relatively long shelf life. Unopened containers of chlorine granules or tablets, for example, can remain effective for about two to three years if stored in a cool, dry, and well-ventilated area. It’s important to note that chlorine can degrade over time when exposed to heat, moisture, or sunlight. Therefore, it’s recommended to check the expiration date on the packaging and use chlorine products within a year of purchase for optimal effectiveness.

pH Adjusters

pH adjusters, also known as balancers such as pH increasers and pH reducers, are used to maintain the proper pH balance of pool water. These chemicals can have a shelf life of two to three years when stored correctly. It’s important to keep pH adjusters in tightly sealed containers to prevent moisture absorption and degradation. Additionally, store them in a cool and dry location away from direct sunlight.


Algaecides are used to prevent and eliminate algae growth in pools. The shelf life of algaecides can vary depending on the specific product and formulation. In general, unopened algaecide containers can last up to two to three years when stored in a cool and dry place. It’s important to note that algaecides may lose potency over time, so it’s best to use them within a year of purchase for optimal results. Always check the manufacturer’s instructions and guidelines for specific storage and usage recommendations.

Other Pool Chemicals

Other pool chemicals, such as clarifiers, flocculants, and stain removers, also have a limited shelf life. These specialty chemicals can vary in their effectiveness and storage requirements. It’s best to refer to the manufacturer’s recommendations for each specific product. In general, storing these chemicals in their original, tightly sealed containers, in a cool and dry environment, away from direct sunlight, can help maintain their potency for the longest possible duration.

Proper Storage Guidelines

To maximize the shelf life of pool chemicals, here are some general guidelines to follow:

  • Keep chemicals in their original, properly labeled containers to avoid confusion.
  • Store chemicals in a cool and dry area, away from direct sunlight and extreme temperatures.
  • Ensure containers are tightly sealed to prevent moisture absorption and exposure to air.
  • Keep chemicals out of reach of children and pets.
  • Avoid storing chemicals near flammable materials.

It’s worth mentioning that as chemicals age, their potency may diminish, affecting their ability to perform optimally. Therefore, regular testing of pool water is essential to ensure proper chemical balance and adjust dosage accordingly.

At Aqua Pools, you’ll find BioGuard® pool chemicals for everything your swimming pool needs to stay crystal clear. Check out our online store or swing by our Homer Glen location to speak with our team of professionals. 

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