Currently, there are three methods in which you can test your pool water. These three methods include using a test kit, test strips or taking a sample of water to your local pool store, where they will test it professionally.
The right sample means a lot! The most important part of testing the water, is taking the right sample. Although your whole swimming pool might be cloudy, and it seems as if all the water is exactly the same, this is not the case. When you take a suitable sample for testing you should not take water from the surface of the pool or close to a skimmer opening or any return jets. The best place to take a water sample from will be in the center of the pool. To take a proper sample, you should hold a bottle upside down; push it down until it is about elbow-deep. While the bottle is upside down, the air in the bottle will prevent surface water from entering the bottle. When the bottle is elbow-deep you can turn it upright and collect the sample. If you want to transport the water to your local pool store, you might want to use a cap to prevent any spills.
The first method: using test strips. Apart from having the water tested at a pool store, this is by far the easiest method. It’s – literally – child’s-play to test your water with this method. It is also a very popular method, because it is very accurate and leaves room for very little human error. Basically, the only thing you can do wrong is if you shake the excess water off of the strip after dipping it into the water.