Now we will focus on different ways to test the pool water. Testing the water accurately will ensure the proper readings which are essential to a chemically balanced pool. This guide will help you determine which method works best for you.
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There are several different ways to test your swimming pool water. Beginners often opt to use test strips. Test strips offer accurate reading an are simple to use. The only downside to using test strips is that most people are unable to tell the difference between various color shades. To use a test strip you would simply dip the test strip into the water for approximately 15 seconds, pull it out and match the colors to a color chart.
Liquid test kits are used by a majority of swimming pool owners and swimming pool technicians. They offer very accurate readings. I have used these liquid test kits to perform thousands of water tests. To use a liquid test kit, you would add water to a comparator's indicator lines then add the testing reagent. Depending on the chemical you're testing for, you will need to add a certain amount of drops to get a reading. The downsides to liquid testers is either the incorrect amount of water is added to the comparator or the reagent bottle is held improperly causing different sized drops which will result in an inaccurate reading.