The most important thing that you can do for your swimming pool is to maintain proper water chemistry levels. You can do these two ways. One – Bring a sample of water to your local Bioguard dealer to have a computerized water analysis done or Two – Have a quality test kit that can accurately diagnose what is in your water from the comforts of your backyard.
The test kits we recommend are the Taylor K-2006 and Taylor K-2006C. The Taylor K-2006 is for residential use. The Taylor K-2006C is for commercial use. Both kits test Free Chlorine and Combined Chlorine, using the FAS-DPD titration test, as well as pH, Total Alkalinity, Calcium Hardness, and Cyanuric Acid.
As a side note, the Taylor test kit is also used by the State of Nebraska Health Inspector to test every single commercial pool. That’s how you know it’s a quality test kit that you can depend on.
The FAS-DPD chlorine test is especially important, since it is the only commonly available chlorine test that can measure FC (free chlorine) levels above 10 reliably. It is accurate enough to measure overnight FC (free chlorine) loss, which is critical when you have an algae bloom and need to shock your pool to kill it.
The Taylor K-2006 and K-2006C are available at your local Taylor dealer. No matter which kit you buy, reagents can also be purchased when you are running low.
For about the price of one month’s pool service, you can learn what your pool needs to be safe. Even if you do not maintain your pool yourself, the ability to know what the pool needs in the time between your pool techs visit is critical to a safe pool. A good test kit is cheap insurance when you are providing a place for your friends and family to spend a summer afternoon!