The weather is getting hotter and everyone is looking forward to long summer days in the swimming pool.
Now is a great time to take a water sample from your pool into your neighborhood pool store. Improper water balance will damage expensive pool equipment not mention the irritation to swimmers eyes and skin.
The store should check the water for pool conditioner, pH, alkalinity, chlorine, and calcium hardness.
Once your neighborhood pool store has tested the water; they can advise you on what chemicals should be added to your pool.
Water balancing is much more than just keeping the chlorine level right.
Water test strips are probably the easiest way possible to check your water chemistry. With a quick dip in the pool, colored blocks on the test strip will indicate where your chemical levels are at. In a matter of seconds, you can see where your readings compare to the ideal ranges.
The ease-of-use of this option make test strips one of the most popular ways of testing water, especially since their accuracy is comparable to test kits using liquid reagents.