Ways for Testing Swimming Pools


In order to determine the water chemistry in your swimming pool, you need to test the water in the swimming pool. Make sure to the testing periodically so that your pool water will always be clean and safe for usage. All you need to have is a pre-made testing kit to do the testing on your own. It can easily be purchased at your nearby swimming pool store. The commonly use to test the water level of a swimming pool are chlorine, pH, total alkalinity, plus also total or general hardness. The testing kits which are available in the market can be used to test all of the mentioned factors even when you do the testing at the same time. There are two types of testing kits that you can choose from namely the liquid chemical tester type and also the dip stick type that will change color just a few seconds after you dip it into the pool water. Even though the liquid type takes quite a longer time than the dip stick type, it is considered as the one which is more accurate. Therefore, it is good for you to understanding the pool chemistry and makes an effort to do regular testing on your swimming pool. This will definitely help you keep and always maintain a safe and healthy swimming pool.

To test swimming pool, you need:

  • Pool test kits
  • Pool chemicals
  • Rubber Hand gloves
  • Eye protector or goggles

Testing a Swimming Pool

Ways for Testing Swimming Pool

  • First thing that you need to do is to wear protective safety glasses and rubber hand gloves before doing any testing on your swimming pools in order to protect yourself against splashing, spills or accidental mixing.
    • Take a sample of your pool water and fill it into the testing kit. With the help of a pool testing kits, you would be able to know how much water that you should be adding into the pool.
    • Make sure that place the testing kit at least one foot beneath the surface in order to fill the testing kit and also obtain a much accurate measures than using surface water.
    • Apart from that, you can also use test strips for testing the level of chlorine, alkaline, pH and bromine.
    • The testing of chemical levels must be done at least 2 or 3 times in a week in order to ensure the safety of swimmers who uses your swimming pool.


  • The next thing that you need to do is to add the drops of the testing chemicals into the pool water.
    • Always follow the instruction provided by the product’s manufacturer.


As for testing kit that only allows one sample at a time, make sure that you empty and rinse the testing kit in between each of the samples.

  • Then, you have to place its cap back on the sample.
    • Shake the testing kit in order for the water to mix along with your testing chemicals.
    • If you notice that the sample of your pool water changes color, you need to make comparison of the color against the color chart provided by the testing kit’s manufacturer.

For those of you who are using the test strip, you should dip it inside the pool water.

Always allow the test strip to be totally submerged.

  • After that, take the test strip away from the water and wait for at least 10 seconds. You can do comparison of the test strip color against the color chart available on the container where it will show you which chemicals are in an unbalanced condition.
    • Once you know which chemicals are unbalanced, you would be able to add the appropriate chemicals by following the instruction provided by the chart.
  • If you have the budget, you can simply hire a pool company who has better equipment to do the testing for you.
    • Other option that you can do is to take sample water of your pool to the pool company’s office to enable them to do the testing for you.

The testing chemicals that you used must be kept in a cool, dry and shaded area. Make sure that the area is out of reach from your children as well as pets.

Always remember that whenever you want to test your swimming pool,

  • Whenever you do adjustment on the chemical level of your pool, make sure you do it in an alphabetical order. For instance, start adjusting the alkalinity first, followed by bromine or chlorine before proceeding to the pH.
  • Determine the type of chlorine to use for the pool. For example, you need to know whether the chlorine used has the capability of killing bacteria, algae as well as microorganisms. They are normally available in bottles, 3-inch tablets, 1-inch tablets, sticks or even granular form.
  • Over time you will find that the testing chemicals will lose its power and you need to replace it with a new one. Testing kit produced by different manufacturer will definitely be different. Therefore, you must always read the instruction provided by the manufacturer and follow it accordingly.
  • Remember not to combine mixture of pool chemicals or pool water testing kit chemicals as it might be dangerous that could result to chemical reactions. Always do your testing in a very well-ventilated area or in an outdoor area.

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