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Swimming Pool Glossary: Test Strips

Most test kits for you pool will come with test strips. These strips determine the pH, alkalinity, water hardness, cyanuric acid, iron, and copper levels in your pool water.

Each strip is covered in a special chemical that will react with your pool water to show the presence of a certain element. You just put the strips in a sample of your pool water and wait for the results. The test strip should change colors as it reacts with the water. Depending upon the results, the strip will turn a light or dark color.

It is important to test your pool regularly in order to keep it a clean and an enjoyable place to swim.

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