Keeping your pool balanced is essential to maintaining clean and clear water, and the key to proper balance is testing your water often. We recommend using hth® multi-purpose six-way test strips, of course 😉. The process itself is easy if you just follow these 6 simple steps.

Step #1:

Make sure your pump is running.

Step #2:

Take a test strip and dip it up to your elbow in your pool’s water, then remove it immediately. NOTE: Don’t shake off any water.

Step #3:

Match the textured pads with the color chart on the back of the test strip box. NOTE: it should be very easy to see your levels.

Step #4:

If you have to make any adjustments to your pool’s water, do it in this order:

Start with alkalinity, which should be between 60 and 120 ppm (parts per million).

Adjust pH, if necessary. It should be between 7.2 and 7.6.

Finally, adjust your calcium hardness, which should be above 200 ppm (parts per million).

Before beginning this process, make sure you’re in accord with proper safety practices by following these basic rules:

  1. Make sure you have on protective gloves and eyewear before working with chemicals.
  2. Never mix different chemicals or dissolve them before use.
  3. Always follow product label instructions.

Once you’ve followed these easy steps, your water will be clear for summer fun!

Happy swimming!