What You Need to Know About Liquid Pool Testing Kits
If you are preparing to have a new pool built, have just built your first pool or have recently moved into a house with a pool, you may be unfamiliar with using a pool testing kit. It is important to use a pool testing kit regularly to test the water for things like the pH, alkalinity and chlorine levels. This helps to keep the pool clean and safe to swim in. Here are a few things every new pool owner should know about using a liquid pool test kit.
Where to Collect Water From
When you are collecting water for a liquid pool testing kit, it is important that you fill the device with water that is at least 18 inches below the surface. Water that sits on the surface of the pool is most likely to contain pollutants and debris. As such, you want to test the water a bit deeper below the surface. Reach your arm in the pool and fill your liquid testing device with water.
How to Use Liquid Pool Testing Kits
After you have gathered the water, the next step is to use the proper drops and chemicals for the kit you are using. These drops are called reagents. It is important to always buy the reagents that are the same brand as your water gathering and testing device. This is because different brands can give off different color variations, which can affect your readings in different containers. Always read the directions for which drops and how many drops need to be placed in which water tube. Add the number of drops specified by the brand of liquid testing kit you have and then mix the drops in thoroughly with the water by swirling it.
After the water and the drops are mixed, the water will begin to change color. Once it has settled on a color, compare the color of the water to the color chart on the side of the testing kit. This will give you the results of the test.
What You are Testing For
When you test your pool water, you are testing for many different things. This includes the water's pH, alkalinity, calcium hardness, chlorine, bromine and cyanuric acid. Ideally, you want your pool's pH level to be between 7.2 and 7.6, the alkalinity level to be between 80 and 120 parts per million (ppm), the calcium hardness level to measure between 180 and 220 ppm, the chlorine level to be between 1 and 3 ppm, the bromine level to be between 3 and 5 ppm and the cyanuric acid levels to measure between 30 and 50 ppm.
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