Pool water Testing Made Simple

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Simple Water Testing For Your Pool

Testing your pool water can feel like a chore when you're not used to it but once you've got your system and chemicals set up, it should only take a few minutes. Your pool water should be tested at least once a week, and more often over the summer months when it's in heavy usage. Making sure your pool water is chemically balanced means there's no risk to the health of swimmers, the water stays beautiful and clear and the pool and equipment will need less maintenance.

The Water Sample

Before you can test your water, you'll need to take a sample. Use a clean cup or bottle and hold it upside down so that the opening is facing the bottom of the pool then insert it into the water until it's fully submerged and turn it upside down to fill with water. The sample should be collected from the centre of your pool away from any jets, pumps or skimmer openings.

Using Test Strips for Your Home Pool

This is the most popular way of testing pool water as it's a very straightforward process which is hard to do wrong and gives accurate results. Your kit will contain many blank testing strips in a small container with a colour matching chart on the back. Take your water sample and drip one dry strip into the water and then hold it still to dry for 10 to 15 seconds. When it's time to check your results, compare the colour of the test strip to the chart and if the pH, alkalinity or free chlorine level is outside the safe zone then you can add chemicals accordingly.

Using a Liquid Water Testing Kit

To use a liquid testing kit, add specific amounts of certain chemicals to a water sample and use the colour of the solution to determine your results. You start by collecting a sample of water and adding various chemicals to test the pH, chlorine level, total alkalinity and acid demand.

Precise instructions for how much of each chemical to use will be included with your kit, and once you've added them and shaken the catcher to mix the liquids you can compare the colour you see with those on the catcher chart. Examine the liquids against a white background to make sure you're getting accurate results.

Salt Testing Kits

If you have a saltwater chlorination system, you?ll also need to maintain the salinity of the water through regular testing and adjustments, although it should remain fairly stable unless there is heavy rainfall or you have to top up your pool with fresh water. You can use a very basic salinity testing kit or testing strips but these are not usually included as part of standard test kits so they will often need to be purchased separately. We recommend getting your salt levels tested instore monthly, with a free water test, for the most accurate results.

For more help on testing your swimming pool water, call Maple Pools now on (02) 9604 6644 or visit our contact page for more ways to get in touch. You can buy your pool accessories online from our website.