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    Water Test Kits

    1. 1 decade ago
      GREAT
      The 4-Way Water Test Kit (Liquid Solution) is very easy to use ! It is a must have for any pool & can be used for testing domestic water supplies!!
    2. 1 year ago
      Unbalanced
      I have been having a problem with my pool this year and after the hurricane l decided to stop fooling around. I didn't believe my old test kit was accurate so l bought this. I got different accurate reading this time and can treat the water properly for excellent results.
    3. 1 decade ago
      Very easy to use
      We are new to pool ownership and testing our water was low on our to-do list untill to turned a brilliant shade of emerald green! Now we test regularly with this kit and it's much more accruate than the strips. I like the instruction card with everything you need on one page.
    1. 8 years ago
      Essential to a healthy pool
      I have used the Aqua Test Strips and Digital Meter for three years now. A base line for comparison: I use an automatic chlorine feeder with 3 inch tablets and the Natural Chemistry products for water maintenance. I have compared the accuracy with other traditional testing kits and find the results to be within 10% of each other. I haven't had an algae or any other water problem for three years.
    2. 9 years ago
      excellent test strips
      These test strips with my digital reader make keeping chemicals in balance so easy!
    3. 1 year ago
      Easy to use get results right away. Makes testing your pool water simple.
    1. 1 year ago
      iT DOES NOT FLOAT.
      I love it. A floating thermometer is not accurate because of the sun shining on it. I tether my thermometer on a line and it tells me the water temperature below the surface. I am able to read it despite my low vision.
    2. 3 years ago
      Consistent
      Consistent results - I can confidently add chemicals with this kit.
    3. 6 months ago
      increaser-PH
      PH increaser- bought 1 mo, works great, only had to use 1 time so far
    1. 4 years ago
      Easy to use and very accurate
      I used this kit and compared the results with those received from my local pool company test. They were the same.
    2. 5 months ago
      Pool Testing Simplified
      I have used Taylor tests kits since our pol was built in 2007. Great product, easy to use and provides accurate readings.
    3. 2 years ago
      Good product
      Needed to get water chemistry balanced in a newly re-plastered pool so needed to test more than Chlorine, PH, and Alkalinity. I followed charts in the kit regarding what to dump into the pool to get PH, calcium hardness, alkalinity, cyanuric acid in acceptable range. Numbers were within 2% - 3% of what I was shooting for upon retest (waited about 8 hours to retest) so I believe the kit is pretty accurate. I would purchase it again.
    1. 1 decade ago
      excellent product
      This is the best test kit on the market for a home pool owner. I have used many different kits in the past 15 years of owning a pool, and this is by far the best. Well worth the extra money.
    2. 2 years ago
      Great test kit
      Just wish there were more of the regents that you use more. Some regents may last years and some a month depending on how high your chlorine is
    3. 1 year ago
      Good quality
      Testing kit gives accurate and repeatable results. Includes excellent pool maintenace instructions, and tools. Comes in a heavy duty plastic case.
    1. 2 years ago
      Perfect for my needs...
      Accurate, easy to use, and perfect for my needs. Reasonably priced.
    2. 2 years ago
      Excellent and Easy
      These strips make it so easy to keep your levels perfect
    3. 2 years ago
      Always a smooth transaction
      Easy to read strips.:) easy to use and colors work for me since I'm colorblind.
    1. 4 months ago
      Not waterproof so be careful
      This has worked real well but my warning is that you can’t get it wet. It got in a bucket of water from a pump leak and that was the end of it.
    2. 4 years ago
      Saltdip Tester
      We just had a salt water pool put in almost 2 months ago, our pool tech was testing the pool I ask him what he was using to test it he said a saltdip. So I order one ! Simple to use I.love it Everyone needs one for salt water pool. Great
    3. 3 years ago
      Simple and fast
      Certainly better than test strips that give you different readings testing 3 to 4 times.
    1. 1 year ago
      Great product
      Gives you more accurate info to make adjustments for your pool experience
    2. 3 weeks ago
      Best Test Kit
      After purchasing my third different test kit I finally found the best one. It has all of the tests that I need in one kit. It takes all of the guess work out of the equation. No more trying to match a color or line up the camera in my phone to a card that does take the correct picture.
    3. 3 years ago
      Makes test much easier, no colors to try and match
      I have only used this about 5 times but very easy, directions make it easy once you get the hang of it.
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    In The Swim Knowledge Pool: Pool Testing

    In The Swim's Dr. Pool

    Pool Water Testing FAQ

    Testing your pool water regularly is the best thing you can do to ensure clean and clear water, and healthy water that won't make your swimmers sick. Water balance is when your pool has the correct levels of Chlorine, pH, Alkalinity, Calcium Hardness and Stabilizer. In addition to sanitary water that looks beautiful, balanced pool water protects your pool surfaces from stain and scale formation. 


    Why & When Test Pool Water?

    Testing your pool water is the only way to achieve 'water balance'; when pH, Alkalinity, Calcium, Chlorine and Cyanuric Acid levels are balanced with each other. And good water balance is important for healthy, sanitary water because it affects the potency of chlorine, and creates poor living conditions for algae and bacteria. Balanced pool water also protects your pool surfaces and equipment from corrosion, etching, staining and fading; all the soft and shiny surfaces.


    Pool Test Kits or Test Strips?

    Pool test kits, those with liquid or tablet reagents are almost always more accurate or trustworthy than test strips, which may miss the mark by 10-20%, and can be more difficult to discern small changes in color. Pool test strips are fast and convenient however, and some pool owners use test strips several times per week, but also have a full test kit to run more complete pool water tests every week or two, or to verify and re-check test results from test strips. In addition to greater accuracy, test kits also have additional tests and charts to help in calculating the correct chemical amounts, when adjustments are needed.


    Best Test Kit for Pool Owners?

    The best test kit will be one that you will use - regularly, and the worst test kit is one that sits on a shelf, never-used. For a complete pool water Test Kit, the Taylor K-2005 is the standard in the pool industry. If you really love pool chemistry, or happen to be color blind, look at the LaMotte ColorQ test kits with digital colorimeter. For Test Strips, we carry the entire line of AquaChek strips and also strips by LaMotte and Frog. For complete pool testing, the AquaChek Select 7-way and the Insta Test 6-in-1 test strips will run the full battery of pool water tests.


    Ideal Pool Chemical Levels 

       - pH: 7.2 - 7.6
       - Free Chlorine: 1.0 - 3.0 ppm
       - Combined Chlorine: 0.3 ppm or less
       - Total Alkalinity: 80-120 ppm
       - Calcium Hardness: 200 ppm or more
       - Cyanuric Acid (Stabilizer): 30 - 50 ppm


    Pool Chemical Level Adjustments 

    Test strips will tell you what the current chemical levels are - but not how much chemical to add to raise or lower levels. A good pool test kit will also have acid demand/base demand tests, and chemical dosage charts, to help you better determine how much of what, is needed to balance pool test levels. The pool adjustment chemicals for pH, alkalinity and calcium and cyanuric also have dose information printed on the bag or bucket label. 

    Also important is to adjust each pool chemical individually. Allow a few hours for a chemical to take effect before adding other chemicals, or before testing and adjusting the same chemistry level again. This is also true for adding winter chemicals, or when clearing cloudy or green pool water. For safety reasons, be sure to open only one chemical at a time, and never use the same scoop for different pool chemicals. 


    Pool Testing Pitfalls to Avoid

       - Store your test kit and test strips indoors, or in a cool and dry location. 
       - Completely rinse test vials before and after use
       - Do not interchange test reagent bottle caps
       - Hold test reagent bottle vertical when dispensing drops
       - Do not test surface water, but draw sample water elbow-deep 
       - Before making large adjustments, be skeptical and test again


    Pool water test kits and pool testing strips from In The Swim make the pool testing process easy and straightforward. Our pool water test kits also ensure accurate results so pool owners always know exactly what pool chemical adjustments are required to make their swimming pool a healthy and well balanced aquatic environment.