Balancing your pool water is a key part of keeping your pool clean, clear and comfortable for swimmers. Testing your water is the first step to balancing your pool water, because your test will tell you which balancers you need to add. Follow these 6 simple steps to make testing and balancing easy. 

Step #1: Make sure your pump is running

You want your pool pump to be running when you add your balancers so they get distributed throughout the pool.

Step #2: Dip your test strip

Take one of your HTH Multi-purpose 6-way Test Strips out of the canister, careful not to touch the test pads. Holding the test strip in your hand, dip the test strip in the pool about up to your elbow, then remove it immediately. Don’t shake off the water – you’ll want that water to soak into the test pads for more accurate results.

Step #3: Check your results – 3 options to choose from!

Option 1: HTH FREE Textstrips Service – Snap a photo of your test strip within 20 seconds of testing your water, and text it to 484-123. Within seconds, our Textstrip service will respond and ask you to enter your pool volume. Then, you’ll get a text message with the specific products and dosing your pool needs. For best results, lay the test strip on a solid color background like gray or blue – avoid black or white backgrounds as those can sometimes return an error.

Option 2: Match the textured pads with the color chart on the side of the canister.

Option 3: Download the HTH Test to Swim app. Within the app, tap the HTH brand, then tap the “Test your water” icon. You’ll mark the colors you see on your test strip, and get recommended solutions. 

Step #4: Balance your pool water as needed (as indicated by your test strips)

If you have to make any adjustments to your pool 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 200ppm (parts per million).

Before beginning this process, make sure you follow these proper safety practices:

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

Once you’ve followed these easy steps, your pool water will be balanced and healthy. For info on how to shock your pool based on test strip levels, check out this article.