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How to test/maintain your pool water

What chemical levels do I need to test for regularly?

The four main tests to perform with a test kit are pH, Chlorine (or other sanitizer residual, Total Aklalinity and Calcium Hardness.

You need to get a routine and test your water daily and stay up on the maintenance so that it never gets out of balance.

What are the recommended levels?

  • pH: 7.2 - 7.8
  • Chlorine: 1.0 - 2.0 ppm
  • Total Alkalinity: 80 - 120 ppm
  • Calcium Hardness: 180 - 220 ppm, though some say 200 - 400.
  • Cyanuric Acid: 25 - 50 ppm
  • Total Dissolved Solids: 500 - 5000 ppm