The Houston weather is getting warmer and swimming pools are getting more use. As summer rolls around, testing your swimming pool water should become a routine part of your week, and a basic at-home testing kit is easy to come by. Here are a few testing tips from the professionals to get the most accurate results.
- The best time to test the pool water is at dusk.
- Make sure to choose an area of the pool where water does not come back from the filter, preferably the deep end and submerse the kit elbow deep.
- When you open your kit, be sure not to drop any water on the testing strips as they will become contaminated.
- Wait at least four hours after swimmers have left before you test the water.
- Wait at least eight to 12 hours after a rain or windstorm before you test the water.
- Weekends aren’t the best time to test as neighbors mow their lawn or fertilize and if it’s in the air, it can affect your reading.
- If you have a normal pH reading for three weeks and suddenly get a high or low reading, wait 24 hours and test again. If it’s the same reading then, adjust accordingly.
- Test your water at same time of day each time you use your kit.
- Run the pump at least one hour before testing the water.
Please remember these helpful tips when testing your swimming pool water. If you do not have the time to maintain your swimming pool, The Pool Man, Inc. offers pool maintenance service in Houston, Tomball, Spring, Magnolia and surrounding areas. Contact us today for more information on our pool maintenance services.
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