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How to Test the Chemical Balance of Your Pool Water - TMC Custom Pools

Swimming in a pool that isn’t chemically balanced isn’t the best idea. The water can irritate your skin and dry out your hair, and you might be susceptible to germs and bacteria that can make you sick. Pick up a test kit from a trusted supplier and learn about the chemicals you’re balancing, and try not to stray from the schedule. Here’s how to test the chemical balance of your pool water.

Buy a Test Kit
Maintaining your pool water is a simple process that some people find relaxing. The first step is to pick up a test kit to see what chemicals you’ll need. Test kits should be accurate, but it’s still a good idea to buy one from a trusted pool company.

Know What You’re Testing
To keep your chemicals in balance, you should know what each one is and how it works. The more you learn about the chemicals, the easier it will be to decide what needs to be balanced. The pH level refers to how acidic or basic the water is. You want the level to be as close to neutral as possible, which would be a seven on a scale of zero to 14. Calcium hardness contributes to scale, but low levels can be corrosive. Total alkalinity describes the presence of alkaline substances, and a lack of balance can make your water more vulnerable to changes in the pH level.

Create a Schedule
You should test your pH and chlorine levels a couple of times per week, but calcium hardness only needs to be tested monthly. Test total alkalinity once per week and check on your metals every few months.

The chemicals in your water have to be balanced properly if you want your pool to be safe to swim in, and you can contact TMC Custom Pools and Renovations if you need help. We handle pool installations, repairs, and maintenance, so give us a call at (520) 797-0168 or (480) 545-7665.