One of the most enjoyable features of many homes is the swimming pool. Not only is it a beautiful factor in many outdoor living environments, it improves the value of the home and also provides much enjoyment for the entire family. In order to maintain your pool properly and to ensure that it is ready for use at any given time, you should check the chemicals regularly. This is often done with the home test kit, and understanding how to read the test kit will make a difference in how you use the chemicals properly.
Most home chemical test kits are going to test for pH, total alkalinity and the sanitizer within the pool, such as chlorine. It should be noted, these kits are similar to the ones that are used by the professionals but they are limited in certain ways. For example, professional test kits may also test for other chemicals factors within the pool, such as organic solids, free chlorine levels, stabilizer levels and calcium hardness levels. That is why it is not only important for you to use a regular test kit at home, you should also have a professional test your water on a routine basis. Medallion Pools can take care of that professional testing for you.
In most cases, a test kit is going to use varying degrees of color in order to determine the chemical level within the pool water. In some cases, you will put the reactor directly into some of the pool water and it will change the color of the water. In other cases, test strips may be used and the color of the test strip will be checked against a standard, which is usually included on the bottle.
One of the most important things to consider when checking your pool chemical levels is pH. The pH needs to be between 7.4 and 7.6, otherwise problems could occur. The chlorine level should also be checked and needs to be between 1 and 3 PPMs. If your test kit also checks for total alkalinity, this should be between 80 and 120 ppm. Take care of your pool test kit by storing it in a dry, cool location and make sure that you are checking your pool chemicals regularly.
Being able to read the test kit is only one factor that should be considered in maintaining your pool environment. You also need to know how much chemical to add to the pool, which may vary, depending upon the size your pool and the difficulties that you are experiencing. Additionally, you will want to check the pool equipment on a regular basis to make sure that no problems are occurring, which could be costly if they are an issue at some time in the future. Contact Medallion Pools for assistance in reading your test kit and in providing you with the professional services that you need for your pool.