A swimming pool is fun for everyone, but in order to keep that beautiful clarity we all love, maintenance is required. Testing kits for pools come in many varieties and prices, so what should you choose? Before you make a choice, it’s important to know how to use these tests to make the right decision. Here is a comprehensive list of test kit types, and general instructions on how to use them. Remember! For specific details on use please check the instructions on whatever you purchase.
Here are the two most common methods of testing:
NOTE: Test strips include no chlorine neutralizer like other methods. High levels of chlorine can skew results inaccurately, so drops are more appropriate if your pool tends to be high in chlorine.
After these two pool testing methods there are other, less common methods. These are a lot more handy for the pool owner who doesn’t want the hassle of testing their water and trying. There are smartphone apps which measure the balance of your pool using test strips and tell you exactly what kind of chemicals you need to add, like the LaMotte Insta-LINK® Advanced Smartscan Kit. Products like these give you a treatment plan to fix any problems with your pool it diagnoses, and don’t require any looking at tiny print on an instruction booklet. If that is still too much work, and you don’t want to use any sort of test strips, there’s more options for automated pool testing.
Something like the ePool® Smart System monitors the pH, chlorine, and water temperature, sending you emails or even text messages when something goes out of whack. These systems are more expensive than simple strip or drop testing, but if you want that immediacy of knowing that your pool isn’t in balance as soon as it happens, this kind of electronic system is for you.
Testing your pool regularly is required to get that crystal clear water you want. There are many different ways to go about it, but don’t be intimidated! The most important thing is to read the instructions carefully. You’ll be an expert before you know it.