Want to balance your pool water? Finding it hard to maintain the chemical level of your pool water? Want to know how you can treat your pool at a professional level? Then don’t worry. You are at the right place.
Maintaining a proper balance of the pool water is a must for a clean and healthy pool. If you don’t check the chemical level of the pool then the water may become imbalanced. His will not only affect the pool water and its surface but also can cause skin irritation. So you need to find a way to keep track of the chemical balance of the pool water.
Pool Water Test Kits are the best way to check and track the water chemical level. There are several types of test kits you can use according to your need. Here are some common yet important chemical components you need to keep track of.
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Pool Water Test Kits:
You need to use a different type of test kit for different chemical components. Such as:
Testing for salt:
Testing the current salt level regularly and keeping to the recommended amount is really essential. The correct amount of salt will ensure the chlorine generator is working at the top efficiency. For this, the recommended salt amount is 2500-4500 ppm.
For keeping this salt level constant you need to run tests frequently. But there are various types of tester kits available in the market. Which kit you should go for depends on how often you are going to run the tests. Now let’s dive into the types of the salt testing kits.
Salt testing strips:
This one is more like a basic kit which will let you know the salinity level and other chemical levels in a minute. But these strips have a certain range I which they work well. These strips measure salinity level between 500-7000 ppm.
But if your pool has a salinity level out of this range then you won’t most likely get the accurate result you want since they have a range error of 200-300 ppm. So these are mainly for basic salinity test of the pool and don’t expect many details from it.
Complete saltwater test kit:
These are titration based kits and give you more detailed and accurate information about the salinity and other chemical components. They are more than a regular basic test kit. You can take the decision on adjusting the chemical level of your pool by using these kinds of kits.
This kind of kits uses silver nitrate as a tester in a dropper bottle. If you go for the bromine test kit, then you will get a salt water hot tub with it. This tub comes handy during the testing process.
You can also go for the all-in-one Taylor technology K-2006 test kit series. This alone can take care of all the pool related tests. You can get information about free chlorine to micro particles which come really handy for professional pool handling.
This is the most accurate and faster way of getting all the chemical level updates of the pool. Digital testing kits will replace the strip and titration type kits. These can be used for multiple times so these are beneficial in long run and saves money. Besides, you can get accurate data and maintain your pool to a professional level. You will also need pH testers.
Testing for Copper:
Copper is another common chemical present in the pool water. Usually the quantity of copper increases day by day. So you need to keep a track of copper level in your pool. For this, there are two ways to go to.
This one is easy and basic go to test kit. All you need to do with these strips is take it out from the packet and skin it to the recommended level mentioned in the packaging. Stir it in the pool water for 5 seconds. And in case of hot water sample keep it for 1 second. Then keep the strip on a flat surface for 1 minute. Don’t place it under direct sunlight. Now the strip will change color and compare your result with the test chart to get the data.
Copper test kit:
This way you will get more detailed data. ‘LaMotte’ makes one of this kind copper test kits. Just take out the test tubes and fill them with water to the full line. Then add the first reagent in the tube and see the color. If the color is yellow-brown then copper is present in your pool water. Again id the color doesn’t appear yet then add the second reagent and wait for the color. After the color has appeared to compare the two color to get the result.
Testing for Iron:
The maximum recommended level for iron in pool water is 0-1 ppm. Iron component usually works and accumulate as the same as copper components. So you need to keep track of iron as well in the pool water. Checking the iron level once per month is enough for your pool. For this purpose:
Iron testing strip:
Use these for a regular checkup as they won’t give you accurate results. The process is similar to copper testing. ‘LaMotte’ manufactures some good iron testing stripes.
Liquid testing kits:
You can use the liquid testing kits for a better result. ‘LaMotte’ and ‘Taylor’ makes some great iron testing kits. You can give them a try.
Watch this video below to know How to Remove iron from your swimming Pool:
Testing for Calcium:
When it comes to the calcium level in the pool water, the word ‘calcium hardness’ is often used. Calcium hardness is a way of knowing how hard or soft your pool water is or the amount of calcium present in the pool water at a certain time. The recommended hardness level is 150-400 ppm. This range will keep the pool water clear and healthy for your skin as well.
So you need to keep a record of the calcium hardness level from time to time. There are several ways of doing this. Such as:
Calcium hardness testing stripes:
These are regular test strips and won’t give you accurate results. But you can test calcium and magnesium level at the same time as these. The process is also simple.
Take out the strips and dip them in the pool water to the recommended height. Dip it for 15 seconds. After that keep the strip on a flat surface for 1 minute and wait for the result. Don’t place it under direct sunlight. After 1 minute the strip will show color and you can compare it to the color chart to get the result.
Calcium Hardness test kit:
You can find different types of calcium hardness test kits in the market. This way you can get the most accurate results.
‘Taylor’ manufactures some great calcium hardness testing kits. For these kits, you need to fill the comparator tube to the recommended amount. Then add the calcium buffer reagent and give the solution a good mix. Then add some drops of calcium indicator and mix it with the solution. Then add the hardness reagent and keep mixing until the mixture turns blue.
Take a count of how many drops of hardness agent you added to get the blue color. Now multiply the drops you took by 10. This is your result of calcium hardness in ppm. You can decide how to adjust the hardness level by comparing it with the chart.
If the result is below 150-400 ppm then you need to increase the calcium level. Likewise, if the result is above the range then drain half of the pool water to decrease the calcium level in the pool water.
Watch this video below to know How To Test and Adjust Calcium Hardness in a Pool
Testing for Phosphates:
The ideal phosphate range for the pool is 0-1000 ppm. Phosphate of more than this range will ruin the balance of the pool water. So keep the phosphate level in check. For regular maintenance, you can use several ways.
Phosphate testing strips:
You will get an immediate result by using these strips. They are less expensive and easy to use. Just dip the strip in the pool water and keep it for the recommended time. After that keep it on a flat surface to let it sit and change the color. After that, you can compare the result of the chart to get the data. ‘LaMotte’ manufactures phosphate testing kits in a range of 3000-5000. So you can get more data up to the higher range.
Liquid test kit:
You can also go for liquid phosphate test kits for more accurate values. The ‘Taylor’ company makes some great test kit for this purpose. They give you the most accurate result in no time. This works in a range of 0-1000 ppm. And they also have a card comparator included in the packaging.
Watch this video below to know How to Test your Pool Water Phosphates:
All these Pool Water Test Kits are necessary to keep the pool balanced and clean for daily use. You can run the tests as many times you feel necessary. But try to run the test at least once a month. You can but the test kits at any store or online. Even if some test kits are going to cost you some extra money especially the liquid and digital one, but they are worth the investment. To buy the best one and keep the pool water properly balance to ensure the healthy use.
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