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    Testing Chemicals

    I have a small storage rack to store some of my pool stuff and chemicals. I have noticed the plastic container feels warm when I take it out to test. Do the chemicals beome not as effective if they get too hot? I have since moved it into my garage to where it is warm, but has air flow around it as not to hold in heat. It is one of those plastic containers that have shelves and then doors to close it.

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    Re: Testing Chemicals

    We recommend you store the kits in a cool, dark place, where temp and humidity are well controlled. Ideally not a pool shed or a garage where both can fluctuate.

    I keep mine in the house in a closet.
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    Re: Testing Chemicals

    It is best to keep the testing reagents in a climate controlled environment. Somewhere inside the house where there is air conditioning in the summer and heat in the winter is best. They can lose their effectiveness over time with significant temperature swings.
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    Re: Testing Chemicals

    Well I will have to find a place for them. Maybe in the laundry room or something. I used to keep them inside and they seem to have a faint smell of chemicals along with them, so that is why I moved it outside.
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    Re: Testing Chemicals

    I'll admit to keeping my test kit in the pool shed during the season. My pool is quite a ways away from the house and doing the testing in the house simply is not convenient. I go through one set of chems per season and can't say I've noticed any degradation. When I open a new bottle of test reagents I always run a comparison test with the old against the new. If what's left in the bottle of the old reagent tests the same as the new bottle, I'll use up the old bottle even if it's now in its second season. The only one that seems to go off by the end of the year is phenol red. If my pH tests seem 'wrong' I get a replacement at Leslie's.
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    Re: Testing Chemicals

    I keep my (so far unused) kit in my kitchen on the top shelf of a cabinet that no one but me can reach.
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    Re: Testing Chemicals

    Quote Originally Posted by baudilus
    no one but me can reach.
    LOL "hands off-its mine"
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