Tests for salt


Active member
Aug 10, 2007
Chesapeake, VA
Is there a home based test for salt?

I have 2 different test from the pool stores..both about 3000.

The new Turbo cell reads about 5000...ouch.

Is there a different test for salt besides the display on the box, strips or the pool store?

The usual test for salt is a titration test using a chromate indicator and silver nitrate as the titrant. The test is slow and easy to do wrong, however. My recommendation is to use the AquaChek salt test strips which are actually reverse titrator strips that use the same silver nitrate chemistry but without the chromate indicator. The strips are extremely accurate, easy to do, and inexpensive. The only drawback is that they are slow (5-10 minutes) but if you are doing a battery of tests then test salt first and check it last.