Keeping your swimming pool looking clean, clear, and refreshing can seem like a daunting task. But keeping a few simple tips in mind will result in a better experience for you. Properly testing your pool water on a regular basis is of the utmost importance. Regular testing allows you to know which chemicals need to be added or removed to keep your pool healthy and your family safe. Failing to regularly test your pool water could be detrimental to you and your family’s health and well-being.
Here are some simple tips you can use for testing your pool water:
- Take the sample at the appropriate depth for the best reading. The ideal water sample will come from a depth of 12”-18” below the water surface. The sample should also be taken far away from the inlet or outlet of the water filter to ensure that you get an accurate reading.
- Knowing the best time to test your pool water will also give you the most accurate reading. After your sample has been taken, tested, and analyzed, you will know what needs to be done to keep your pool healthy. Chlorine levels can deteriorate as the day goes on, so testing in the morning will give you the best results. This allows the sun to remain a dormant factor in the testing process.
- Items within a test kit can expire, so it is suggested that you check your kit for accuracy at least once a year. After each test, rinse your test kit in the sink; not in the pool. Thoroughly dry all of the equipment and store it in a cool, dry place. Be extra cautious to make sure that the area designated for storing the kit is not accessible to children due to the unwanted consequences that could happen.
Accurate Readings Are Important
Without accurate readings, the health of your pool will suffer. Discolored water, algae, and health issues can arise from inaccurate readings, so make sure your pool water is tested correctly. Testing your pool water at the proper depths during the appropriate time, as well as properly cleaning your kit, can provide you with more accurate readings. This makes for a safer swimming experience.