How Often Should You Test Swimming Pool Chlorine?

In general, chlorine levels should be tested at least twice per week. However, the answer to this question depends heavily on how often your swimming pool is used, who uses your pool, and weather events that may introduce a large amount of fresh water into your pool.

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How to Test, Raise, and Lower Swimming Pool Chlorine

Chlorine is the most important chemical when it comes to maintaining sparkling clean water that is safe to swim in. Chlorine sanitizes your pool water by attacking and killing harmful microorganisms, called contaminates, that could lead adverse health consequences. Therefore, it is critical to know how to test the chlorine in your pool or hot tub, as well as what to do when your chlorine levels are outside recommended ranges.

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The Relationship Between Pool Chlorine and pH

The degree to which chlorine is effective in sanitizing your pool by breaking down contaminants is highly correlated to the degree to which pH is kept in balance. In this article, we dive into the relationship between chlorine and pH, and how pH of water changes the effectiveness of chlorine.

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What Should Chlorine Levels Be in Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs?

The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals recommends free chlorine levels for both swimming pools and hot tubs be kept between 2.0 and 4.0 ppm. However, the Center for Disease Control recommends free chlorine stay above 1 ppm in pools and 3 ppm in hot tubs.

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