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  • Writer's pictureTodd Hansen

5 ways to check chlorine levels in my swimming pool.


A pool in St. George, Utah that was neglected
Green pool with no Chlorine

Maintaining proper chlorine levels is essential for keeping your swimming pool safe and healthy. Here are five ways to check chlorine levels in your swimming pool:


  1. Test Strips: Test strips are a quick and easy way to check your pool's chlorine levels. Dip the strip in the water for a few seconds, then compare the color of the strip to the color chart on the package. The color will correspond to the chlorine level in your pool.

  2. Liquid Test Kits: Liquid test kits are another common way to check chlorine levels in your pool. Fill a test tube with water from your pool, add a few drops of liquid reagent, and compare the color of the water to the chart provided with the kit.

  3. Digital Testers: Digital testers are more expensive than test strips and liquid test kits, but they are also more accurate. Simply dip the tester in the water, and the device will display the chlorine level on a screen usually as a measure of ORP.

  4. Automatic Testers: Automatic testers can be installed in your pool and will continuously monitor your chlorine levels. They can be set to automatically adjust the chlorine level if it falls below a certain threshold.

  5. Pool Service: Many pool service companies will test your pool's chlorine levels as part of their regular service. They can also provide recommendations for adjusting the chlorine levels if necessary.


It's essential to check your pool's chlorine levels regularly to maintain a healthy swimming environment. Aim for a chlorine level of 1-3 parts per million (ppm) in your pool. If your chlorine level is too low, you may need to add more chlorine to your pool. If it's too high, you can dilute the water by adding more fresh water to your pool or using a chlorine reducer.

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