Pool chemical levels are always fluctuating, which is why DIY pools owners need a good pool chemical calculator kit for testing pool water weekly.
Over the years I’ve tried several pool test kits but I keep coming back to the basic 5 way kit.
How do you test pool water?
Pool chemical levels.
The kit includes 5 bottles of solution that are used to test swimming pool chemistry for:
- Acid Demand
- Total Alkalinity
Pool test results.
Depending on the test results you will be instructed to follow the recommendation for adjusting pool chemistry.
This can include adding acid, ash, sodium carbonate and chlorine.
In Arizona, the hot sun tens to burn off chlorine pretty quickly so I’m always adding chlorine tabs. The water also tends to be high in phosphates from all the dust.
Pool Testing Kit Alternatives
I recently also started using pool chemistry test strips for quick checks but I still prefer the 5 way test.
7-Way Strips Measure:Free Chlorine, Total Chlorine, Bromine, Total Hardness, Total Alkalinity, pH and Cyanuric Acid. Just dip and wait 15 seconds for the test strip to show the results.
Pool Pal Chemical Calculator App
Once you have the pool water test result you can plug them into a cool Pool Chemical Calculator app that runs on most Android phones. Get Pool Pal App
As you see, there are many ways to Control your pool chemistry!