Water Care & Test Kits Articles




Learn about types of swimming pool sanitizers and chemicals, and discover easy maintenance tips and products to keep your pool clean and safe. Find information about chlorine, as well as non-chlorine sanitizers such as bromine and biguanide. Learn how to follow a maintenance routine to test the water in your swimming pool to make sure it's at the proper level. Read the articles below to determine the best water care method for your pool.

To learn about filtration systems and automatic options--including saltwater chlorinators and ozonators--check out Water Technology Articles.


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Pool Maintenance: Tools for Your Pool Tools for Your Pool Maintaining your swimming pool can become a simple routine when you have the proper set of equipment on hand. See options in pool cleaners, sweepers, and vacuums; filters and pumps; sanitizers and test kits; and pool covers. Read more >> 

 


Treat Your Water Right
 

Explore your options in pool and spa maintenance systems and how they keep your water crystal clear. Read more >> 



Pool Maintenance Guide

A comprehensive guide to maintaining your inground swimming pool. Learn how pool covers, cleaners, filters, testing systems, chemical and sanitizers, and other types of pool equipment or systems help keep your pool water crystal clear. Read more >>


Measure Your Options

Determine the water care method that fits your lifestyle and maintenance needs. Read more >>


 

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Pool Care Basics


How to sanitize, test, and balance your swimming pool water. Read more >>



Keeping It Balanced

From chemical sanitizers to saltwater chlorinators, discover your options in pool and spa water care.
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How to Close Your Pool for the Winter 

If you live in an area with a seasonal climate, the early fall typically marks the end of your swimming season, and you will soon need to close your pool for the winter. Here are the key steps and important tips to follow when closing your pool for the winter. Read more >>



Tools for Your Pool 

Maintaining your swimming pool can become a simple routine when you have the proper set of equipment on hand. See options in pool cleaners, sweepers, and vacuums; filters and pumps; sanitizers and test kits; and pool covers. Read more >>



Treat Your Water Right 

Explore your options in pool and spa maintenance systems and how they keep your water crystal clear. Read more >>



Pool Maintenance Guide
A comprehensive guide to maintaining your swimming pool. Learn how pool covers, cleaners, filters, testing systems, and sanitizers all help keep your pool water crystal clear. Read more >>



Measure Your Options

Determine the water care method that fits your lifestyle. Read more >>



Test Kits for Treating Your Pool Water

There's a variety of test kits on the market today—learn how each one works and get tips for more accurate readings. Read more >>



Sanitizer Selection and Routine Testing

Learn how chlorine and non-chlorine products keep pools and spas looking and feeling great. Read more >>



Clean & Easy

Pool and spa water care, done well, should require as much concentration and expertise as washing your hair or brushing your teeth (so, hopefully, not much). You should be able to get the products you need, establish a routine, follow the routine, and enjoy the clean, healthy results. Read more >>


Chemicals: Better Choices

 

Walk into a pool or spa store, or visit a virtual one online, and, if you do not already know exactly what swimming pool chemicals or water care products you are looking for, the choices can be overwhelming. Read more >>



Easy Water Care for Pools & Spas

Caring for a pool or hot tub can be intimidating. But keeping its water clean, shimmering and inviting can be a cinch. The key is regular testing to ensure water is properly sanitized and balanced. Read more >>



Pool & Spa Water Care Glossary

Terms to help you understand the lingo of pool and spa water care and technology. Read more >>



Worry-Free Chemistry: Best Treatment Combinations

Chlorine, bromine, and biguanide are considered primary sanitizers because they maintain a residual for effectuve sanitization. They can also be used with certain supplemental sanitizers. Read more >>



Biguanide: A Chlorine-Free Method

Products with polyhexamethylene biguanide (PHMB), better known as biguanide, offer a complete alternative to chlorine. In fact, chlorine and biguanide are incompatible and cannot be mixed. Read more >>



pH Basics for Pool Water

Pool and spa water should be tested at least once week for its pH -- the measure of its acid / alkaline level. The range should be between 7.2 and 7.8, ideally 7.4 to 7.6. But why? Read more >>



Water Care Glossary

Acid: A pH below neutral; also refers to a liquid or dry chemical to lower the pH. For more terms pool owners need to know, read on. Read more >>



Expert Advice on Water Care

Question: My new pool is designed with a narrow patio on one end, with the lawn just a few feet from the water's edge. Do I need to be concerned about chlorine harming the grass? Read more >>