July 31, 2013 : 5 Tips for Taking Care of Your Swimming Pool

5 Tips for Taking Care of Your Swimming Pool

On a hot day in the middle of the summer there is nothing better than taking a dip in the pool. Purchasing an above ground pool and having it installed at home could be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make. They are great for helping you stay in shape, teaching your kids to swim, or just to relaxing and cooling off.

Owning above ground swimming pools is a responsibility that requires a lot of time for cleaning and maintenance but these five tips should help to make your life that much easier.

1. Cleaning – When it comes to a swimming pool the most important task is cleaning it. Bacteria in your swimming pool can lead to all sorts of infections, so it is very important that you clean your pool regularly. One of the best tips for keeping the water inside your pool clean is to wash down the area around the outside of the pool first. This method of cleaning will help to prevent any unwanted dirt being dragged into your above ground pool. Make sure that the pool water is tested regularly with pool test kits to ensure that no microorganisms linger after you have cleaned your pool.

2. Get A Swimming Pool Cover – A great way to help maintain your pool is to get swimming pool covers for the different times of year. A swimming pool cover will stop leaves and litter from being blown in the swimming pool and a summer one will help keep the heat in. You can also find safety swimming pool covers, which are a great solution if you have young children that might accidentally fall or run into the pool.

3. Chemicals – It is a good idea to get a swimming pool test kit to make sure you’re using the right amount of swimming pool chemicals in your pool. This will make sure that the levels of swimming pool chemicals are suitable enough to kill bacteria without irritating the eyes and skin.

4. Take Care Of Your Filter – A swimming pool filter is one of the most important pieces of equipment in your swimming pool. The main function is to remove any dirt from the water and this means that they need to be cleaned a lot. To do this with a sand filter you need to back wash it, which is where the water is sucked up through it. For those of you with paper filters it is simply a case of washing them with a hose but you will find that you will still need to replace them on a regular basis.

5. Keep An Eye On Your Pump – Your swimming pool pump is very important as it keeps the water in the pool moving around to prevent it becoming stagnant as well as pushing the water through a filter. You will find that you will get frequent minor issues with swimming pool pumps so you need to look out for them. It is common for threading and seals to wear away so you need to check for drips and leaks regularly and if you find one then it will need to be replaced or repaired.
pool test kits can keep this pool clean 

June 25, 2013 : What our pool test kits can test for

What our pool test kits can test for

Summer is here, which means plenty of time to get outside and cool off in the pool. If you're operating a pool this summer, be sure that the water you use is clean and free from common contaminants. Our pool test kits can test for a variety of factors in pool water including the following:

Bromine: Bromine tests are used to determine whether or not unsaturated compounds such as alkene and alkyne are present in the water.

Copper and iron: Copper and iron can sometimes be found in large concentrations of water, making the water appear discolored although not cloudy. This discoloration has the ability to stain surfaces in the swimming pool as well as the hair and nails of swimmers in the pool. Copper and iron can come from a variety of sources close to the pool and can be easily tested for as well as eliminated with proper care.

pH: A pH balance that is too high or too low can be too acidic or too alkaline respectively. These opposite ends of the spectrum can lead to a bevy of problems such as dissolving a pools surface, corroding pool equipment, water becomes murky, and swimmers will feel the discomfort of dry and itchy skin as well as a burning sensation in the eyes and noses.

Calcium hardness: If calcium hardness is not properly balanced in pool water and it becomes too high it can produce a crusty white scale on pool equipment and pool surfaces as well as make the water cloudy and make pool heaters inefficient. If the calcium hardness is too low, concrete pool surfaces will become pitted, grout will dissolve and plaster in the pool will be destroyed over time.

Cyanuric acid: Also known as chlorine stabilizer, it is included in some pool test kits in order to make sure that the sun’s ultraviolet rays do not consume the chlorine in your pool.

Our pool test kits also test for Chlorine including free and total chlorine and basic alkalinity levels. If you are look for a pool test kit to get your pool up and running this summer, Test Kit Central has the pool test kit you are looking for.

March 31, 2013 : Pool Water Test Kits and Swimming Pool Maintenance

Pool Water Test Kits and Swimming Pool Maintenance

Owning or running a pool can be a lot of fun, it means constant access to water activities as well as ample opportunities to have neighbors and friends over to enjoy your pool as well. If you want to be a responsible pool operator though, you need to make sure that the water in your pool is safe for everyone to enjoy. This means being vigilant in testing the water using a variety of methods to ensure that the pH balance is correct and safe. If the pH balance is too low, the water will become too acidic, meaning that swimmers’ skin can become dry, itchy and irritated. Acidic water can also burn swimmers’ eyes and noses as well as bleached meaning that new bathing suit will look worn and ragged pretty quickly. In addition to this if the water in a pool isn’t within the correct pH range, the chlorine you use in order to keep bacteria and algae at bay will not work, this can lead to unsafe swimming conditions and possibly even illness if the problem is not remedied immediately.

A responsible pool operator will constantly have pool water test kits on hand to ensure that the water in the pool is neither too acidic nor contain too much alkaline. Pool water test kits are easy to use and take the headache out of trying to figure out the proper pH balance to maintain in the water. Pool operators will want to measure the pool’s chlorine level, Alkalinity and its pH levels in order to make in biologically safe. The remedy to pH levels being imbalanced is usually fairly simple and can include actions that are as easy as adding ‘pH minus’ or ‘pH plus’ to your pool, these can be found at any pool and leisure specialty store. Make sure you have a thorough conversation with your local pool specialist or chemical dealer prior to using these chemicals in order to ensure your safety and the safety of those who will be enjoying their free time in the pool you are operating. For more information on swimming pool test water kits call or click today.

August 3, 2012 : Clean Swimming

Clean Swimming

On a hot summer's day, nothing  is better than cooling off by jumping into a swimming pool. That is, of course, unless there are dead bugs floating all over the water. It’s disturbing to swim in a pool full of muck, death, and decay, however, unwanted filth in pools is bound to happen. It’s a hassle to keep outdoor pools covered whenever people aren’t using them, and therefore things are going to fall, walk, crawl into the pool. People may attempt to remove all the fragments from the pool with a large leaf net, but I am still always uncertain if the pool is really clean or not.

On the other hand, it would seem that indoor pools would stay pretty clean because they don’t have leaves falling into the pool, or dead bugs floating on the surface, but in reality they are still dirty because people come in and out of them all day. People’s natural oils, and any other dirt they had themselves is transferred into the pool. In addition, you never know what else people are putting in the pool. At a couple pools I’ve gone too, I’ve even seen signs that say “Welcome to our OOL, notice how there is no P”, hoping that people will keep the pools clean by not contaminating them with urine. It’s troubling to think that the pool might look completely clean but in reality others have contaminated it.

The only time that I feel certain that the pool is clean and okay to swim in, is when there is a pool maintenance person who is responsible for making sure that the pool stays clean all day. They aren’t just keeping it clean by using a leaf net and removing debris, but instead they use pool test kits to make sure that levels of chlorine and pH are what they should be. Using pool test kits like the ColorQ series kits, make sure that the pools are clean to swim in. Without them, who knows what we would be swimming in.