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  • Writer's pictureTodd Hansen

How to test your pools PH.

Maintaining proper pH levels is important for keeping your swimming pool clean and safe. Here are five ways to check the pH level of your swimming pool:

  1. Test Strips: Test strips are a quick and easy way to check the pH level of your pool. Simply 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 pH level in your pool.

  2. Liquid Test Kits: Liquid test kits are another common way to check pH 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 pH level on a screen.

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

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

The ideal pH level for a swimming pool is between 7.2 and 7.8. If your pH level is too low, you may need to add a pH increaser, such as sodium bicarbonate. If it's too high, you can add a pH decreaser, such as sodium bisulfate or muriatic acid. It's important to check your pool's pH levels regularly to maintain a safe and healthy swimming environment.

By using one of these five methods to check your pool's pH level, you can ensure that your pool is always at the ideal pH range for optimal enjoyment and safety.

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