4 steps for a proper test of your pool water
Follow these steps for results you can count on
One of the most important things pool owners should do on a regular basis is to learn the proper way to test their pool water. You cannot tell whether your pool water is properly chemically balanced just by looking at it. Although a green color or cloudy appearance will definitely indicate a problem, there can be an imbalance that you need to address even if the water looks perfectly clear.
For this reason, testing the water and knowing how to test it correctly are essential for optimal swimming pool maintenance.
4 Steps for a successful test of pool water
1. Collect a sample from the pool in your testing block. Lower the block at least 12 inches into the water – this will give you a more accurate reading than testing the water at the surface.
2. Add five drops of the red testing chemical to the pH side and the same amount of the white chemical to the chlorine side.
3. Compare the colors that result to the scales on the testing block. The pH should be between 7.4 and 7.6 and chlorine should measure between 1.5 and 2.0 PPM.
4. If the levels are off, refer to the owners manual for instructions about which chemicals to add and how to add them. Be sure to retest the water after any chemicals are added to gauge the effectiveness of your treatment.
Test it yourself or find a professional
As the pool owner, test the pool water yourself at least biweekly, and have the water tested by the local pool professional monthly. These stores offer free testing on a monthly basis and will be able to do a more complex workup than you can do yourself.