Pool chemical testing is one of the most important steps in the care of your swimming pool. Pool chemical testing is essential in pool maintenance. Proper pool chemical testing will help to ensure you always have clean, chemically balanced swimming pool water.
You should perform pool chemical testing to determine what chemicals are needed to balance the water at least weekly. One week you may have to add just chlorine. Other weeks you may have to add pH or Muriatic acid due to the results of your pool chemical testing.Properly balanced water will keep your pool’s surface and equipment from being damaged. It will also help to prevent eye and skin irritation. Pool water test strips make pool chemical testing easy to perform. Accurate results on the strip will tell you which pool chemicals are out of balance. Errors in pool chemical testing of pool water can lead to unsafe pool water conditions and damage to the pool equipment. It is very important that you take the following steps to make sure the pool chemical testing is done accurately.
Things to remember when pool chemical testing:
Always follow the test kit instructions. Deviating from them can cause inaccurate results.
Remove one test strip from it’s container & close the lid tightly.
Dip the test strip in the pool water for 1-2 seconds.
Do not shake off the water from the test strip.
Remove it and hold it perpendicular to the deck for 15 seconds while the colors change on the strip.
Compare the colors on the test strip to the colors on the test container. The container will tell you what the normal range is for each test.
Don’t wait too long or the colors may continue to change causing an inaccurate reading.
Wait at least 2 hours after adding chlorine and/or muriatic acid before re-entering you pool.
Pool Chemical Test Kit Care
Replace & tighten all caps after use.
Store test kit out of direct sunlight in a dark cool area.
Never store pool chemical test kit with pool chemicals.
Use test strips prior to the expiration date.
If the pool chemical test strips change color or appearance discard & replace it with a new swimming pool test strip kit.