No matter what type of pool you own, there are loads of different contaminants that threaten to pollute the water and make it unfit for you and your family to swim in. In order to ward off these harmful contaminants, there a several things you will need to know. You need to learn and understand the type of water cleaning devices that are built-in as part of your above ground pool. Your pool may have to regularly be emptied and refilled to keep the water clean. Or you might have a recirculation system, or a water purification system that keeps the water fresh. Find out what your pool has installed.
After discovering the built-in helps your pool already has, the most important thing you can do is to learn how to properly test your water with a swimming pool test kit. These kits allow you to check chemical and pH levels. Understanding where chemical levels should be and how to adjust them will help ensure clean, safe water.
There are a variety of test kits available for private pool owners. The most basic kits allow you to test both pH and chlorine levels, but nothing else. More advanced kits can help you test alkalinity, calcium hardness, and varying aspects of chlorine levels. Investing in one of these advanced kits will prove very helpful in preventing water issues in your pool.
Some kits offer a testing method using strips of paper that are dipped into the pool water and then turn different colors to show pH and chemical levels. This is an easy and convenient water testing method, but may not be as accurate as more traditional testing. Ask lots of questions and read reviews on products to be sure you purchase a reliable kit.
Another important aspect of pool water testing is to know how often it needs to be done. Most large public pools are tested throughout the day, some hourly, to ensure water is not contaminated. Because home pools have far less swimmers, there is a much lower likelihood that the water will be quickly contaminated, therefore they can be checked less often. As chlorine levels need to always be consistent, these levels should be checked daily. Calcium hardness and alkalinity levels, however, will only need weekly readings.
Pool water test kits are inexpensive and easy to learn to use, offering a great benefit to home pool owners. Kits will need to be replaced in time, as testing solutions can lose effectiveness as they age, but keeping an up-to-date kit is well worth it! All public water venues from pools to spas and hot tubs are required by law to be regularly tested – this should tell you how important it is for you to test your home swimming pool water regularly as well. You will be happy knowing you are keeping your pool safe and free of harmful bacteria or other growth that could harm you or your family. Don’t hesitate to get a kit and start testing today!