Updated on 19 October, 2021
Do you test your pool's water for contamination? Or what unwanted chemicals are really in it and at what level? Or how much chlorine and what other chemicals to put in the water to make a safe and clean swimming environment? Well, yes, you definitely need to learn how to read pool water to ensure that you are indeed making a safe environment for your family. You absolutely must learn to test pool water on a regular basis, and then regularly do that in correlation with the correct types of filtration, cleaning and treatment systems for your type of pool or spa.
When we say routine, we mean testing your pool water at least two times a week for the period of swimming season. You also have to check your water PH balance. PH balance refers to the amount of calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron and other elements in the pool water that make it a healthy place for swimmers to swim. If you have any problems with your Ph balance - your water is probably too acidic, and you will want to add some alkalinity to bring the levels to more acceptable levels. In addition, you will likely have too high a level of calcium and need to bring down your salt levels.
Regularly testing your pool water ensures you are maintaining adequate levels of chemicals, pH balance and salt levels. There are many other factors that can affect these levels as well. These factors include weather, time of year, the amount of people using the pool, size of your pool and the types of equipment you have in place to filter, clean and treat your water. Fortunately, there are many simple, easy to follow and quick pool water testing tips that you can follow that will help you to determine what is going on, what to do about it, and which chemicals you should be adding, reducing or eliminating altogether.
When it comes to pool water testing, copper is one of the most commonly detected metals in tap water. Copper buildup on pool surfaces can be a major problem. This is because copper is non-biodegradable, meaning it will not break down and the buildup only adds to the problem by adding unsanitary bacteria to the pool. When testing copper on pool surfaces, experts look for brown or green stains on the surface of the pool, large or small.
The most widely used pool water testing kit includes a collection tap, test strips, and test strips to collect samples of your water. All of these items can be purchased at your local home improvement store. When testing your water for pH and copper levels, always remember to purchase more test strips than you think you'll need. Test strips come in different sizes and each one is designed for a specific type of chemical compound.
Another essential part of having your pools tested are testing devices called skimmers. Skimmers are designed to gently remove leaves, branches, insects, etc from your water. Without this essential part of pools maintenance, your pools will quickly become a cesspool of green goop. If you have a lot of leafy trees in your yard, skimming is especially important as some leaves can break off and float along the surface.
When it comes to pool water testing, there is a trick to making sure you're collecting the right type of sample. The simplest way to test your water is to purchase a home test strip kit and make sure you put the strip in the water and then wait for the indicator to read "passed". If the indicator doesn't change at all, make sure you replace the strip with a new one. The other method is to purchase an accurate pH test strip that can be attached to your finger. When swished against the water, the test strip will give you the reading of what the water pH level is at. Make sure you make a note of this number as you will need it later when testing your filters.
If you don't test your pool water regularly, you'll run into problems in the future that could have been prevented. One of the best ways to save money on your in-store testing is to purchase your test strips online. There are many great online stores that offer free shipping, so you save even more. However, if you do buy your test strips and do in-home pool water testing frequently, buying online may actually cost you less in the long run, as it's more likely that you'll get your chemicals for less on the Internet than in a local store.