Dip and read strips test quickly for chlorine or bromine residual, pH, total alkalinity, and calcium hardness. An easy and popular testing method for backyard pools and spas.
Testing the water is an important part of routine swimming pool or spa maintenance. The BioGuard 5-way Water Test Strips are a quick and easy way to test for Free Chlorine, Total Bromine, pH, Total Alkalinity, and Total Hardness. At the start of a new pool season or with new pools or spas, it is important to test the water 4 to 5 times per week. Once the appropriate levels of Free Chlorine (or Total Bromine), pH, Total Alkalinity, and Total Hardness have been established, test the water twice each week. By testing pool and spa water at the same time of day and before adding products, it is possible to detect changes and prevent problems from developing.
INSTRUCTIONS: Follow “How to Use” instructions on the side of the bottle precisely. Dip a strip into water for 2 seconds and remove with pads facing up. Do not shake off excess water. Hold strip level for 20 seconds. Compare the color of the test pad to the color chart on the bottle.
Free Chlorine: The sanitizer residual in the water. Maintain a level of 1.0 to 4.0 ppm for residential pools or 3.0 to 5.0 ppm for spas. If too low, add Bioguard chlorinating products for pools or SpaGuard chlorinating products for spas.
Total Bromine: The sanitizer residual in the water. Maintain a level of 1.0 to 3.0 ppm for residential pools or 2.0 to 4.0 ppm for spas. If too low, add Bioguard brominating products for pools or SpaGuard brominating products for spas.
pH: Ideal levels should be between 7.4 and 7.6 for best results. If too high, add BioGuard Lo ‘N Slo for pools or SpaGuard pH Decreaser for spas. If too low, add BioGuard Balance Pak 200 for pools or SpaGuard pH Increaser for spas.
Total Alkalinity: Total Alkalinity is a very important measure of the water’s ability to resist pH swings. It should be between 125 ppm and 150 ppm. If too high, add BioGuard Lo ‘N Slo for pools or SpaGuard pH Decreaser for spas. If too low, add BioGuard Balance Pak 100 for pools or SpaGuard Total Alkalinity Increaser for spas.
Total Hardness: A measurement for the amount of dissolved calcium and magnesium in water and should be maintained between 175 ppm and 275 ppm, depending on the pool surface. If too low, add BioGuard Balance PAK 300 for pools or SpaGuard Calcium Hardness Increaser for spas. If too high, add BioGuard Scale Inhibitor for pools or SpaGuard Stain & Scale Control for spas.
Note: See BioGuard & SpaGuard product labels for specific dosage instructions. Pools and spas will be sanitized by chlorinating products or brominating products but not both. In chlorinated pools or spas, you will only test for chlorine. In brominated pools or spas, you will only test for total bromine.