Pools – How to Check the Chemical Balance of Your Pool

That clean and clear water that sparkles in a swimming pool cannot be achieved by cleaning the pool often. In fact, it is not a sign of cleanliness as much as it is representative of a delicate balance of chemicals in the pool. If you have been tasked with keeping a swimming pool’s chemicals in balance, the look and smell of the pool is not enough of an indicator of the state of the pool chemicals. You need to check the chemical balance in your pool by taking the following steps.
1. Testing in a public pool is run often to ensure the safety of the swimmers. Most public pools test their chemical levels every hour. For the homeowner that is maintaining a private pool, testing can take place less often. A few times a week should be fine. If you are managing an issue, test once a day. Make sure to test the chemicals at least twice a week.
2. The first step to take when you want to test the chemicals in your pool is acquiring a good test kit that will test the four main indicators of chemical balance and imbalance: chlorine, pH, alkalinity, and calcium hardness. Those with outdoor pools should also check the level of cyanuric acid. While your local hardware store may offer a test kit, you are better off shopping with a full service pool store that will have a test kit that is appropriate to your pool. You should shop with a pool supply store that offers a full range of test kits. If you have questions, associates working in pool supply stores are experienced with all sorts of scenarios and will be able to help you with your specific situation.
3. You will find two types of chemical tests in a pool supply store. One type is the litmus papers that you dip into the pool, and the other requires capturing a sample of water. The litmus tests are one step. Dip them in the pool and await the results. However, keep in mind that litmus tests are usually limited to testing only the pH levels in a pool. The tests that require a sample of pool water will also need a few drops from chemicals provided in the test kit put in each water bay in order to receive a result. Read the instructions of your test kit carefully. The test that you purchase will have specific instructions on how to gather a sample and test for chemical levels. Once you have your test results, your test kit should have instructions on what to do next.