When warm weather sets in, it can only mean one thing — the commencing of the pool season in the country is about to begin. But before it even happens, do things right first and begin by checking if the quality of your pool spa water is okay. Water quality for your pool that’s within the acceptable standard will help ensure that you will have pure fun and entertainment in the water, every single time you take a dip into it, even if it does not come with Australian spa parts.
Regardless of what you have is a traditional swimming pool or a pool spa instead, the need to carry out a routine check for chlorine, acid demand, pH level, and total alkalinity is there.
Many people think that this is a complicated task, but the reality of it is it is not. If you are among those people who didn’t ace their chemistry class back in high school, no need to worry here because there are test kits that you can use for this purpose. They are use-friendly, just make sure that you follow all the given directions to a tee.
A four-way pool water test kit
Obtain Your Water Sample
Grab your plastic tester and dip it into your pool. See to it that the water you’ll draw is from a depth of at least 18 inches. This will give you an accurate “catch”. The water chemistry obtained anywhere near the surface of the pool is not considered typical as the rest of its other deeper parts.
Check out the vial levels
Ensure that you fill the vials to the “fill” line marking. Proper and reliable reading would necessitate a precise pool water ratio to your testing solution.
Mix the Solution
Return the caps on your vials. Turn the vials upside down or invert them a couple of times. By doing so, you will evenly mix the pool water sample into the solution.
Compare the colors
Hold on for some time. After a few seconds make a comparative analysis of the color on the vial with the standard colors that are indicated on your plastic tester. By this measure, you will have an accurate free chlorine level reading.
Bear in mind that kits available today come with 2 separate tests, for residual and free chlorine. Both would be requiring different tablets or solutions.
Measure Your Pool Spa’s Water pH Levels
You need to raise your tester clean and have the large tube filled to the solid line on the top with pool water. This water must be obtained from a depth of at least 18 inches.
Add a drop of your solution and mix it thoroughly to give it a gentle swirling motion. The solution that you now have is sodium thiosulfate, a qualified chlorine neutralizer. Then add 5 drops of solution 2, the red phenol indicator, and give it a thorough mix.
Then finally, analyze it by examining the pH color standards against the plastic tester. Doing so will help you determine the pH level of your pool spa. The results should be reliable, even if your pool spa does not come with Australian spa parts.
But we are discouraging you from carrying out this test should you find that the residual chlorine is more than 3.0, as this will just obscure the accuracy of your pH reading. It is important to adjust first the residual chlorine to normal levels.