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PROPER WATER TEST STEPS
WATER TEST KIT

A Test Kit enables you test two important factors, 1) Combined Chlorine level and 2) pH level (directions for use are included with the Kit). A brief description of the tests are as follows:

A. CHLORINE LEVEL: This test indicates how much combined chlorine (measured in Parts Per Million or PPM) is available in the water. It should be 1.5 to 2.0 PPM.

B. pH LEVEL: A very important test, which indicates the amount of acidity or alkalinity in the water. The ideal range is 7.2-7.6. A low pH indicates acidic water and a high pH indicates alkaline (basic) water. pH SHOULD ALWAYS BE ADJUSTED TO THE PROPER RANGE BEFORE THE ADDITION OF CHLORINE OR OTHER CHEMICALS; otherwise it will seriously affect their performance.

TIPS ON PROPER TESTING

    1. TEST OFTEN. The best way to treat pool water problems is to prevent them from happening in the first place. Testing enables you to compensate for changes in the water before problems develop, caused by bather load, weather, and other environmental factors. Test each end of the pool a minimum of twice per week.

    2. PROPER STORAGE. Keep your Test Kit in a cool dark place. Too much heat, sunlight or freezing may chemically change the indicators.

    3. KEEP YOUR HANDS CLEAN. Dirty fingers may contaminate the test.

TEST STRIPS

    1. REMOVE. A test strip from the bottle and replace cap tightly. Dip a AquaChek Dip and Check Strip into your pool for 1 second and remove.

    2. HOLD the strip level, pad side up, for 15 seconds. DO NOT shake excess water from the test strip.

    3. COMPARE the pad nearest the handle to the Total Alkalinity color patches on the label. The Alkalinity pad will turn a shade of green depending on the Total Alkalinity of the water sample. WRITE DOWN THE RESULT. NOTE: Low pH readings may result when Total Alkalinity is less than 80 PPM. If the Total Alkalinity pad turns blue or yellow, adjust the Total Alkalinity. Re-test until the test shows the Alkalinity between 80 to 120 PPM.

    4. MATCH the pH pad in the middle of the strip to the pH color patches on the label. The pH pad should be red-orange, between 7.2 to 7.6. WRITE DOWN THE RESULT

    5. COMPARE the pad on the end of the strip to the Free Chlorine color patches on the label. If you have enough Free Chlorine in your water, the pad will turn a shade of medium purple. The right range is 1 to 3 PPM. WRITE DOWN THE RESULT.

OTHER TESTS

1. PRO-COMPUTERIZED WATER ANALYSIS. The ultimate in computerized pool water analysis. Take one pint of water to your local pool dealer (where available) and in a short time you will have a computer printout giving you not only results of eight comprehensive tests, but several step-by-step instructions on how to restore and maintain clear sparkling water all summer long.

2. CALL IN TESTING. Use your Test Kit and phone the results to your local pool dealer. His Computer System (where available) will analyze your results and he can give you step-by-step instructions on how to restore and maintain your pool water.

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Last updated on February 16, 2012 by Swim TexSun