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Thread: How often do you test your pool?

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    Mar 2013
    Yucaipa CA

    How often do you test your pool?

    Plain and simple honest truth. Just curious how often people really test the pool. How often do you actually test your pool for chlorine?

    47 yr old(1977) 18,000gal Kidney shaped 38ft long plaster Pool with built-in Spa, Pentair Intelliflo VS3050 Pump, Pentair 48sf DE filter, Raypack RP2100 gas heater. HTH 5-way test kit

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    Jun 2012
    Louisville, KY

    Re: How often do you test your pool?

    Every day or every other day depending on results. pH is pretty rock solid so maybe twice a week. TA about every or every other week. CYA about once a month just to make sure I'm keeping proper FC levels.
    18x36 inground vinyl lined, Hayward sand filter and tablet chrolinator, approx 18k gallon

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    Apr 2010
    East Texas

    Re: How often do you test your pool?

    FC and PH every other day. TA twice a month, CYA once a month.
    16x32x52" Steel Cornelius Miramar AGP Vinyl liner 13,100 gal. Buried 2 ft.
    2 Speed Hayward Power-Flo Matrix 85 g.p.m. 22" 250lb. sand filter hard plumbed
    Pool Rover Jr., Pool Blaster Max, Diver Dave TF100 Test Kit/Speed Stir
    Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker, Liqour Chiller, & Drink Mixer & Party Tub----Collect 'um all!

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    May 2007
    SWSuburban Chicago, IL

    Re: How often do you test your pool?

    When I was a TFP Noob I tested Daily. As I grew more confident and "got to know my pool" I would skip a day. Still added bleach though. As I got to know my pool better, I was able to determine the avg chlorine loss and I either added or knew I could go a day or two between additions. My PH and other numbers were stable so I tested those weekly. I test when every someone is using the pool, cuz you just never know.

    My pool is often covered, unused for days at a time so I go through little chlorine during that time and know I can get by. I don't recommend this in general - I just know what I'm doing LOL .

    It's kinda sad really - I'm always in my clients pools but my poor old pool gets ignored. A happy pool is a pool that's used. I gotta find time to make my pool happier this year.
    Helpful links: Pool School; CYA/Chlorine Chart
    24' round AG pool, 52" high, Raypak heater; Waterway 2 spd Pump;
    150 Sq ft. Clearwater Cartridge Filter; Former and DISSATISFIED "Pool Frog" owner

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    Jul 2010
    Twin Cities, MN

    Re: How often do you test your pool?

    I am not sure a poll makes sense here. Different pools, number of swimmers, organic load, sun exposure, climate, pool maintainer experience, cya level, pool surface type, and many other factors make each pool different.

    Generally, on my pool I test approximately every other day with the OTO/ph test and weekly with the fas-dpd test. I test monthly for TA. I test once a year at the beginning of the season for CH, Borates and Salt(I actually test twice, first right after refill and then about a week after adjusting). There are other times I test some of the above parameters when I have a concern or am "doing an experiment".

    I watch my water carefully, and my children are quite aware of when the water is "off" and tell me right away
    TFP Expert who uses Pool School and my TF100 test kit along with PoolMath for my: Round 11K gallon AGP with deep end, 20" sand filter, Matrix 1hp 2spd, 6 2ftX20ft solar panels (and solar cover!), Intex SWCG (copper bars disconnected) and a Rubadub hot tub (chlorine). The SLAM process is not finished until: 1. CC < 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT < 1.0 ppm and, 3. The water is crystal clear.

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    Mar 2012
    North Georgia

    Re: How often do you test your pool?

    I agree, but if it was limited to people who never have any water quality issues, and they were grouped into categories based on size, location, and all the other variables listed it could provide interesting data, but that would require a much more detailed info input.
    18'x43' Sport Pool
    19,000 Gallons Vinyl Liner 3'-3.5'-4'
    SWCG and D.E. Filter
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    Apr 2013

    Re: How often do you test your pool?

    I'm checking twice daily, but I've only been maintaining my pool BBB for a week, so I'm still learning my pool!
    9k gallon, plaster, IG. Raised spa w/ spillover into pool. AO Smith Century Centurion / Purex Triton WisperFlo 0.5 HP, Hayward 1.5 HP (spa), Polaris 1-516-01 1.5 HP (blower). Hayward DE3620 36 ft2 72 GPM DE Filter, Polaris 145 cleaner. Pool built ~1980.
    Trouble-free, BBB since: April 25, 2013

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    Apr 2010
    Buckeye, AZ 85326

    Re: How often do you test your pool?

    In the summer I test once a week, or any time we are going to have a heavy bather load. In the winter I test maybe once a month if even that. This is after 3+ years of ownership.
    11,872 Gallon IG Shotcrete play pool
    Blue Granite Pebble Sheen finish
    Hayward SwimClear c4025, Navigator & Tristar 1.75hp pump
    2' Powerfall

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    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    San Rafael, CA USA

    Re: How often do you test your pool?

    Twice a week for me, but that's because I have a mostly opaque pool cover so only need to add chlorine twice a week as well. My usual daily chlorine consumption is less than 1 ppm FC so I'm typically swinging from 3 to 6 ppm FC or thereabouts (usually with 40 ppm CYA). Some weeks I just add (or have my wife add) the usual amount of chlorine mid-week without testing and test on the weekend.
    16,000 gallon outdoor in-ground 16'x32' plaster pool; Pentair Intelliflo VF pump; Pentair IntelliTouch i9+3s control system; Jandy CL-340 square foot cartridge filter
    12 Fafco solar panels; Purex Triton PowerMax 250 natural gas heater (200,000 BTU/hr output); automatic electric pool safety cover; 4-wheel pressure-side "The Pool Cleaner"

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    Oct 2012
    Mandeville, Louisiana

    Re: How often do you test your pool?

    I test every other day. I sit out on the patio, get out my TF100 kit and speed stir and have a cocktail as I test. Man, I love my speed stir. I hated chemistry in high school but I love it now!
    Gunite/Plaster pool at 13k gallons. All Jandy with CL340 series cartridge filter, 1.5 HP Jandy Stealth pump. Jandy 1400 SWCG and PDA4 controller. Dual waterfalls. Polaris 280. Pool installed August 2012. Southern Louisiana. And lets not forget my trusty TF100 test kit!

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    Apr 2007
    Sebring, Florida

    Re: How often do you test your pool?

    I agree with Linen. Each pool, pool owner, and circumstances are different and any "average" will be misleading. After 8 years, I test quite a bit less than I did when my pool and testing accurately were both new to me.
    Dave S. - Forum owner
    42k vinyl and concrete pool, 1.5hp pump, 140gpm filter
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    Jun 2011
    Long Beach, CA

    Re: How often do you test your pool?

    For CYA, CH, Ta, Salt, Borates once a month. FC twice a week. My pH has started to settle down in the last 6 months and I test that once a week now. When the wife starts lessons, FC and CC are tested daily, and I'll test the pH and TA more often also.
    16k gal plaster with raised spa, Jandy DEV60 filter, 2 HP 2-speed SHPF Jandy Stealth pump
    Hayward Aqua Rite T-15 SWCG, Jandy LXi 400k BTU NG heater, 350 sq.ft. of Sun Star solar panels, TF-100 Test Kit, Dolphin s300i Cleaner
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