Swimming Pool Blog

- Water Balance
  • What Can You Learn From a Pool Water Test?
    Alicia Harris
    Swimming pool test kits and test strips are essential for maintaining balanced, sanitary water in your pool. But what can you learn from a pool water test, and what should you look for when purchasing a test kit? Which factors should you pay closest attention to in your water? And more importantly, what does ideal water chemistry look like? Not to worry...we’re here to help!
    Monday, July 02, 2018 12:38 PM
  • Common Questions about Water Testing
    Rob Cox
    Taylor Complete Water Test Kits, like t he K2005 and K2006 come with a great little booklet, called the Pool & Spa Water Chemistry Testing and Treatment Guide. Here is an excerpt from the Taylor Guide 2004B, Chapter 7: Common Questions about Water Testing.
    Monday, October 30, 2017 1:36 PM
  • Pool Water Testing Blunders
    Rob Cox
    If you want to really geek out on your pool chemistry - here's how to do it. 9 water testing errors to avoid, and a list of common pool testing problems or interference from other chemical levels affecting test results, with false high or low readings.
    Tuesday, March 21, 2017 2:49 PM
  • 7 Ways to Remove Chloramines
    Rob Cox
    7 ways to remove chloraminesChlorarmines aren't just a problem for pools, but for pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, brewmasters, aquariums and fisheries, combined chlorine creates challenges. Just out of Geeky Chemical Curiosity, here's 7 ways to remove chloramines from water.
    Tuesday, January 19, 2016 5:43 PM
  • Lowering Pool Calcium Hardness Levels
    How Do You Lower Calcium Hardness Levels in a Swimming Pool? There are 6 different methods listed that hard water area pool owners can use to lower calcium hardness levels, to prevent staining and scaling problems.
    Friday, July 24, 2015 1:35 PM
  • Disinfection Byproducts in Pools
    10 ways to deal with Disinfection byproducts in swimming pools - chlorine can produce up to 600 possible combinations in water treatment for drinking and swimming. Some of these may be hazardous ~
    Saturday, February 28, 2015 2:36 PM
    Tables for knowing how much chemical, shock or salt to add to a pool of any size. Also, how to know what size pool you have, in gallons, and what the ideal pool chemical ranges should be in your pool.
    Friday, January 30, 2015 3:49 PM
  • Taylor Test Kits vs. LaMotte Test Kits
    Rob Cox
    Battle Royale for test kit supremacy! We compare the LaMotte ColorQ Pro 7 test kit, and the Taylor K-2005 Test Kit - two well known and well loved pool and spa test kits. Which one is better - read to find out!
    Wednesday, June 11, 2014 12:44 PM
  • Good, Better, Best Pool Water Test Kits
    Rob Cox
    Taylor and LaMotte test kits - brief history of each of these depression-era Baltimore, Md companies, and a glimpse at 3 models of good, better and best test kits by each maker.
    Friday, May 09, 2014 1:24 PM
  • Swimming Pool pH - Who Cares?
    Rob Cox
    Pool pH - a measurement of the relative acidity or basicity of your pool water. Who Cares?!? Well, your pool surfaces care a whole lot. Low pH and Alkalinity can lead to etched plaster finishes or a vinyl liner that becomes less like vinyl and more like plastic. Plastic fittings on....
    Monday, October 17, 2011 3:08 PM
  • Accurate Pool Water Testing
    Rob Cox
    With test kits, the axiom holds true, you get what you pay for. If you want accuracy, you'll need to pay a few more dollars. For the average pool owner however, I would recommend the $50 K-2005 kit. This will test all of the parameters important to water balance. One more thing...there are some water testing techniques or tips that will also help improve accuracy.
    Friday, May 21, 2010 8:51 AM