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Water Testing

Water Lab Programs

We are currently operating one of the largest, most sophisticated pool water laboratories in the United States. However, it’s not magic. If you have a specific problem to be solved, we want to make sure that your expectations can meet our abilities.

The Standard Water Balance Test

There are two parts to your print-out: water balance, and sanitizer problems. The sanitizer portion is for Now, because the sanitizer is what protects the health of all who use the pool. The water balance portion is for Anytime, because water balance affects mostly the long-term condition of the pool, water, liner, plaster, ladders, filter and bather comfort while reducing the amount of money that you spend on pool care.

Within each part, you must follow the directions in order—there is generally a reason for the order. If you are told to wait a period of time between items, that period is a minimum. You don't have to get up at 2 AM to do the next step. The waiting periods are there to allow certain processes to work before the next starts. Waiting longer is generally fine.

Specialized tests are also available at Water Labs One and Two. If you would like to request any of these, there will probably be a charge, and we may need some extra time to complete it. Not everyone here has been trained in some of these tests. A couple of those tests are a little dangerous to do. If we request a specialized test ourselves, (generally because we want more information to help solve a problem for you), we will do the test for free.



Please remember that we spend a great deal of time and money doing water tests. It costs us around $10 per test, or close to $80,000 a year. You can leave your sample here to not wait and we will do the test when we can and email it to you. We have a Night Deposit box, so you can leave your test here even when we’re closed! To see more information on that, see our Water Test Drop-Off page, or print out our Water Test Drop-Off Sheet from our website, and fill it out before you get here. Please understand, though, we cannot read your results over the phone - you can only receive them in writing. It is a safety issue. We’re happy to mail, hold for pick-up, or email.

Once again, it is our pleasure to help you. Learn more at the following pages:

Specialized Pool Water Tests Available

Water Test Drop-Off