27 Mar THE ACCURACY OF TEST STRIPS- BENEFITS AND DRAWBACKS
Test strips are a super convenient for testing your water chemistry. But are they good at testing the pool chemistry? Not really. It really depends on what you are testing for. Pool water test strips are great for quick testing to verify if there is any sanitizer in the water or not. They are also good for a very rough estimate of the pH, Alkalinity and Calcium Hardness levels in the water. At best test strips are good for approximating the pH levels in the pool.
In addition to being not-so-great at determining pH, test strips also rely on the ability of the tester to judge specific color differences – especially in the yellow and red spectrums. It is really challenging to determine if the pH is a 7.2 or 7.4 just by looking at the color on the test strip. Since not every person has the same level of color differentiation this can lead to misinterpretation of the test results.
For more accurate water test results, bring an 8 ounce sample of your pool water into True Blue Pools so we can perform a DPD test and give you advice to properly balance your water.
True Blue Pools is Lexington’s premier in-ground fiberglass and vinyl liner pool contractor. Our services include weekly service, pool openings, pool closings, pump & filter installs, vinyl liner replacement, spring cleanup, salt system install, safety cover install, light replacement, chemical delivery, in ground pool installation, and water testing. We are located at 3323 Partner Pl #8 Lexington, KY 40503 and can be reached at 859-523-0755