Wisconsin Swimming Pool Water Testing
Swimming Pool Water Testing in the Milwaukee Area
Poolside’s staff offers free hot tub spa and swimming pool water testing to ensure your pool water is chemically balanced and free of harmful microorganisms. Much like going to the doctor for a checkup or changing the oil in your car, testing pool water is important to ensure your pool is in good health. If your swimming pool or hot tub water is not regularly checked, potential poor water quality can be hazardous to the structure and inner workings of your pool. Our swimming pool maintenance staff will provide a comprehensive analysis to ensure the pool water is free from any potentially damaging aspects like an overabundance of chemicals or bacteria. To take advantage of our free swimming pool water testing service, bring a sample of your pool or hot tub water to our showroom and let us perform a water analysis. We’ll be able to ensure the PH and other aspects of the water are up to par with typical swimming pool standards. If your pool water is not up to the standards of a normal pool, our friendly staff will advise you of ways to improve the quality of your pool water. You deserve to get the most out of your pool and with the help of our swimming pool specialists, your pool will remain clean and safe for years to come.
Pool Water Testing Methods
There are many different ways to test your pool water. Some only test for one chemical at a time while others are able to test for multiple chemical levels at once. The two most common at-home methods are test strips and testing with drops. Fortunately, both methods have some similarities for easy testing.
First, allow your pump and filtration system one hour before testing to ensure water is equally mixed. Next, collect a water sample from about 1’ deep (or the length of your elbow) for the most accurate results.
Always test and adjust your water in the following order:
- Bromine or Chlorine
To easily remember the order, just follow the ABCs. Alkalinity is first, followed by Bromine or Chlorine (depending on your pool), with pH being tested last.
When using test strips, you will need to submerge one end of the strip into the collected water sample. Depending on the type, this may last from 5 to 15 seconds. Shake off any water drops to avoid an inaccurate reading.
Within a few moments, the special pads on the strips will begin to change colors. These colors represent the amount of each chemical, so pay close attention to the exact shade and hue. Match the color on your strip to the provided guide to determine the amount of chemicals in your water.
- Ideal alkalinity levels are 80-120 parts per million
- Ideal bromine levels are 3-6 ppm
- Ideal chlorine levels are 1-3 ppm
- Ideal pH level is 7.2-7.8
- Other chemicals will list their acceptable amounts on included charts or guides
Reagents may provide more accurate results than test strips. To test your water with reagent drops, pour the collected water into the provided test tube. Next, add a few drops of the reagent as instructed to the water sample. Shake the mixture for a few seconds. Once the water settles, compare the color to the provided guide to determine the chemical balance.
Always use a new water sample for each test to avoid contamination. If you are ever in doubt about your results, bring in a water sample to Poolside in North Prairie for a free water test!
Hot Tub Water Testing
Testing water from a hot tub or spa is essentially the same as testing pool water. Using the right amount of chemicals in hot tub or spa water is especially important. Too many chemicals can cause damage to the jets, filters, and heating equipment.
The more often you use your spa or hot tub, the more you will want to ensure the water is clean and balanced. Anything from sunscreen to body lotion or hair spray can leave a residue in your spa water which will affect the chemical content.
Why Do Pools Need Testing and Treatment?
It is important to keep your pool and spa clean. If water is not treated at all, it may accumulate bacteria which cause infection and disease. On the other hand, too much of a chemical in the water can cause injury or irritation. Poolside wants to help you achieve the right balance for your water.
Chlorine and bromine most often associated with keeping pools clean. This chemical is able to destroy bacteria and microorganisms in the water. There are many other chemicals which may be used to keep your water free of bacteria, microorganisms, and algae. The staff of Poolside will gladly assist you in finding the best chemical treatment system for your pool.
Unbalanced pool water can cause burning eyes and skin irritation for swimmers. The human body usually has a pH level between 7.2 and 7.8, meaning a pool with this pH balance should not irritate the eyes or skin.
When Should I Test My Pool Water?
Depending on which chemicals you use in your pool, testing should occur daily, weekly, or monthly. Chlorine should usually be tested twice a week while shock treatment is only needed once a week. Ask the pool specialists of Poolside for help creating a testing schedule for your water.
On top of your usual testing, you should have your water professionally tested several times throughout swim season. The staff at Poolside will do more than test your water; we’ll then help you select which chemicals to use to get your pool clean and balanced.