You are always welcome to come to the pool store to have your water tested by our dedicated sales staff. However, testing your water from home can be done easily and in a variety of ways.
The two most common types of water testing are paper test strips and color coded liquid test kits.
These tests will give you “ball park” figures and can assist you in accurately maintaining balanced pool water.
Test strips are the simplest way to test the water. Most strips will provide you with the 3 most common tests: pH, Alkalinity, and Chlorine. You can also buy test strips that test more such as calcium hardness, phosphate levels, and conditioner levels. The use of test strips is a fast and easy method. Here are some tips when using test strips:
Always read the directions on the label. Too many times, pool owners use directions from one manufacturer for another manufacturer. This can lead to extreme inaccuracies.
Test strips from different manufacturers often are not created equal. Make sure to always follow the directions on the bottle to avoid inaccurate readings and wasted money.
When not in use, keep the test strips dry. Once a test strip is in contact with moisture, it will lose its accuracy, or may not work at all. Store the test strips away from the pool so that water does not inadvertently touch them. Keep the cap on the bottle closed tightly.
Store in a dry location where humidity will not compromise the strips. Be careful not to allow water from your hands to soil unused test strips. Keeping your test strips dry will help keep them accurate throughout the summer.
Check the expiration date. Test strips have a definite shelf life and that life is normally not more than a year. The expiration date is typically listed on the bottle. Using expired test strips can lead to poor water balance.
The pool season only comes once a year, but knowing that your pool water is balanced will give you the confidence to enjoy owning a pool all year round.