How To Test Pool Water Ph? [Answered!]

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You wake up one cold and blustery November morning, longing for that hot bubble bath that will make you forget all about the elements that make for a miserable day ahead. As you walk towards the pool area, stiff joints and cold muscles remind you that this is best postponed until the warmer months, but it’s too late! You’re already in the pool, relaxing with a book and a glass of wine, when your phone rings, breaking up your poolside moment. You reluctantly pull yourself out of the pool and answer the call…

It’s the pool service. You asked them to call before they come round, so you can have a good soak, but now it’s 15 minutes past the agreed time and they’re not even at the door. That’s bad pool karma. You should never be rude to pool service.

But it’s too late to change what’s already happened. You told them you’d had a previous appointment and couldn’t make it, instead of the other way around. They’ll come when they come, so you decide to make the best of it and dry off in the meantime. You head back into the pool to finish off what’s left of your wine and get ready for your daily jog, when – ping! – your phone rings again.

It’s the same pool service. This time they’re not even going to bother with the “Hello, how may I help you?” nonsense. They’ll just come straight to the point.

“Sorry to bother you again, but your pool water is a little high. It needs to be tested for chlorine levels. If you’d like we could come round and do that for you, or you can pop over to the shop and get some bottles of pool water and do it yourself. It’s up to you.”

You feel a bit annoyed. Not because they’re coming round to test your pool’s ph, but because you don’t want to leave the warmth of the pool. What if they break in and steal your wine while you’re gone? You’d be mad as hell!

You quickly pull yourself out of the pool and dry off, slipping into your running gear. As you hurry to leave, your phone rings again. This time it’s a different number, but it’s still the pool service. They’re either playing tricks or – more likely – don’t know how to tell you that your ph is OK. Either way, you’re annoyed.

You arrive at the shop, impatiently browse the aisles for the cheapest and smallest bottles of pool water you can find, and leave, only to find the same annoying people at the door, blocking your escape. You tell them you’re on your way out and head back, glancing at your watch, trying to hurry. If you’re lucky, you’ll get away without any trouble. If not…

It doesn’t end there. As you drive away, your phone rings again. This time it’s an emergency – your friend needs help! – but it’s too late to do anything, except pray that this will be the last time you have to deal with this.


Even though it was a total nightmare and you don’t want to experience it again, you have to admit that there’s something refreshing about going through hell to save a few bucks. That’s what you get for being cheap! You could’ve left the house a few minutes later and avoided all of this, but you were in a hurry, right? Who cares about a few extra minutes, when you’ve got a whole new set of problems to deal with?

You can avoid all of that hassle by simply testing your pool’s ph. If you’re not comfortable doing that, then get a pool pump and do it yourself. It’s not that hard and there’s a wealth of information online, if you’re stuck for ideas. Doing it yourself will also give you some peace of mind, that the test was done correctly. If it was, then great. But if it wasn’t… Well, you’ll know what to do next. That’s all that matters. No stress, no anxiety and no regrets, simply because you wanted to save a few bucks.

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