How to Check Pool Chemicals with a Taylor 2005 Test Kit

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There are many ways to check the chemicals in your swimming pool. A professional-quality test kit like the Taylor 2005 can be intimidating, but its instructions are very easy to follow. In no time, you’ll be maintaining your swimming pool just like a professional, and at a fraction of the cost.


Step 1

Once you purchase your test kit, familiarize yourself with its different elements and read the helpful manual, which can also be used as a reference when performing water-sample tests on your swimming pool.

Step 2

Test your chlorine levels. Dip the comparator vial into your swimming pool, about 18" deep. After filling the vial to the 9-milliliter mark, add five drops of R0001 Regent and five drops of R0002. Cap your vial and shake it to mix the chemicals. Now match the color of your mixture to the color standard on the vial. Ideally, your chlorine should be between 1.0 parts and 5.0 parts per million.

Step 3

Test your pH level using the 44-milliliter side of the vial set. It will be clearly marked. Add five drops of R0004 to your vial, cap it and shake it to mix the chemicals. Compare your chemical sample to the color standard, just as you did in the chlorine test. Ideally, you want the pH to be between 7.2 and 7.8 parts per million. If your pH is too high, add one drop of R0005 at a time to the sample. Count the number of drops added to the sample; use the manual that comes with your kit to calculate how much chemicals you need to add to bring your water to the correct pH level.

Step 4

Test for alkalinity. Add a sample of pool water to the 25-milliliter mark on the comparator vial. Add two drops of R0007 and five drops of R0008 to the sample. Cap your vial and mix the sample, which should now turn green. Add drops of R0009 and swirl to mix until the color changes from green to red. Multiply the number of drops you added by 10 to obtain the total alkalinity. The ideal range of alkalinity is between 80 and 100 parts per million.

Step 5

After each water-sample test, clean out your vial with fresh, clean water. You don’t want any residual chemicals left in your test vial. Make sure all of your chemicals are sealed tightly to prevent leakage and kept out of the reach of children and pets. Store your test kit in a safe, dry place to keep your reference manual from getting wet or damaged.

Tips and Warnings

Always perform a fresh test each time you use your pool, to ensure your chemicals are correct. Store your test kit away from pets and children.

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