Making sure that your chemicals are dispersed evenly is an important responsibility for a swimming pool owner. Improper chemical balance could lead to illness for those using the pool as certain bacteria can thrive. Improper chemical balance could also damage parts of the swimming pool system. It is a certain indication that the chemical levels need to be checked if a pool owner notices that swimmers have changing hair color, red eyes, or skin irritation when using the swimming pool.
Sunplay offers a variety of chemical test kits (Liquid, tablet, and test strip) to help a swimming pool owner be sure that his/her chemicals are well balanced. Choosing which test kit to use is as individual as the person who is going to use it. Each type of water test kit offers accurate results as long as they are used properly. The basic chemicals that can be tested with a kit are the sanitizer level (bromine, chlorine, or salt), the pH level, and alkalinity level of the swimming pool.
A liquid reagent is a substance that is added to a system in order to bring about a chemical reaction, or added to see if a reaction occurs. Liquid kits require measuring samples and counting a certain amount of drops of reagent. If the person doing the test isn't careful with their measurements or counts, the results may not be very accurate.
Test strips work well and are easy to use. Pool owners would just need to dip a strip into the water at elbow length, and then read the results on the strip after waiting for at least 30 seconds to allow the colors to appear.
Tablets come in packages which make it easy for a person to push through foil to get out, and disperse into a test tube containing water from the swimming pool. Once the tablet dissolves it will change the color of the water which will indicate whether anything needs to be adjusted at that time.
Each type of chemical testing kits comes with a color chart to compare the results to, either done manually or digitally, which will indicate whether any type of chemical should be adjusted at that time. If stored in a cool and less humid area, each kit should have a shelf life for up to 2 years.
In order to be sure that the chemicals in your residential pool are well balanced, Sunplay recommends checking them at least two times a week. A pool owner should check it more often if the swimming pool is being used more than usual. The best time to test your chemicals is at dusk when the water has had time to settle from use of the day. It is best to not check the chemicals of your swimming pool water on a stormy day, or a day where the lawn has been mowed as the results could be inaccurate. If ever in doubt of your results, wait a few hours and test the water again. If you need to add chemicals then it is best to recheck the chemical balance of your water at least 6 hours later, and certainly before the swimming pool is to be used again so as to be sure it is safe.