Swimming Pool Water Testing Basics

Everyone enjoys having a clean and clear pool, but maintaining perfectly balanced pool chemistry can be a challenge. It is necessary to learn what each pool test means and why it is important in keeping your pool in perfect shape. We will cover four components of pool chemistry: free chlorine, pH, total alkalinity and cyanuric acid.

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What is the right Cyanuric Acid Level for Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs?

The two most important factors to consider in terms of balancing your cyanuric acid levels are whether your pool uses a salt water generator and how much direct sunlight your pool receives. Most salt water manufacturers recommend higher cyanuric acid levels than traditional chlorine pools.

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The Relationship Between pH and Total Alkalinity

Maintaining both pH and total alkalinity in your swimming pool is important for keeping your pool properly sanitized and non-corrosive. Total alkalinity is to pH what cyanuric acid is to free chlorine. Total alkalinity stabilizes pH levels. The ideal pool pH level is 7.4 to 7.6. The ideal total alkalinity level is 80 to 120 ppm.

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