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Pool Water Testing for Beginners

19 July 2017

Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MAWe have all heard of “testing the waters” but when comes to swimming pool maintenance, water testing is the best route to an easy to maintain pool.

You have to do more than touch the water to test anything more than the temperature. Test kits, strips and readers can be used to check pool water balance levels. You can also bring a water sample to Monnick Supply in Marlborough or Framingham and we can test your pool water for you and tell you exactly what you need. Did you go on vacation and come home to a green pool? We can help you figure out what products you need AND how much you need for your particular pool size.

A swimming pool is just a hole in the ground without water, and swimming is no fun if not experienced in clean, clear and healthy water.

Since swimming pools are generally used by multiple people at any given time, it is imperative that pool water is tested and treated regularly to prevent the spread of infectious illness and enhance the pool experience.

In order to have a sparkling clean and well-balanced pool, you have to ensure that the levels of pool chemicals stay within the ideal range of:

  • pH: 7.2 - 7.8
  • Chlorine: 1.0 - 2.0 ppm
  • Total Alkalinity: 80 - 120 ppm
  • Calcium Hardness: 200 - 400 ppm
  • Cyanuric Acid: 20 - 50 ppm
  • Total Dissolved Solids: below 5000 ppm

Testing your pool water and maintaining perfect chemical harmony is not rocket science but it definitely involves regularity and consistency on your part. It is recommended to test pool water weekly and add chemicals if you see an increase/decrease in ideal chemical levels. There are several types of testing supplies and pool chemicals available on the market varying in price and accuracy.

For more information on pool water testing, contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough or Framingham.


Marlborough Store

135 Maple Street,
Marlborough, MA
Call (508) 318-4788


Mon-Sat 7:00am to 5:00pm

Framingham Store

759 Waverly Street,
Framingham, MA
Call (508) 386-9876


Mon-Sat 7:00am to 5:00pm

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135 Maple St.
Marlborough MA 01752
United States
(508) 318-4788
Mon-Fri 7am - 6pm
Sat 7am - 5:30pm
Sun 12pm - 4pm
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759 Waverly St.
Framingham MA 01702
United States
(508) 386-9876
Mon-Fri 7am - 6pm
Sat 8am - 5:30pm
Sun 10am - 4pm