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Water Testing

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Office Hours:
Office: 8 am - 5 pm Mon - Thur
Store: 9:30 am - 5 pm Mon - Thur
Our address:
514 Lyndell Ln, Panama City Beach, Fl 32407
Call us:
850-235-0095

Professional Water Testing

Having well-balanced pool water is the number one key to maintaining a pool and keeping it safe to swim.  Improper pool chemistry can lead to serious damage to your pool’s surface and equipment, including metal corrosion, pitting, scaling, and stains. In some cases, it can void your pool warranty. In addition, improper pool chemistry can lead to a host of health problems including itchy skin, red eyes, stomach illness and yellow hair. In addition to your weekly pool testing, we recommend having your pool’s water professionally tested by Coastal Pool Concepts once a month. We will provide a detailed printout outlining the steps needed for balancing your pool water’s chemistry. Tips for taking a water sample can be found below.

Balanced chemical parameters are listed below.

Suggested NSPI Standards – Swimming Pools

Minimum Ideal Maximum
Free Chlorine, ppm 1 1.0-3.0 3
Combined Chlorine, ppm None None 0.2
Bromine, ppm 2 2.0-4.0 4.0
pH 7.2 7.4-7.6 7.8
Total Alkalinity 60 80-120* 180
Total Dissolved Solics (TDS), ppm 300 1,000- 2,000 3,000
Calcium Hardness, ppm 150 200-400 500- 1,000
Cyanuric Acid, ppm 10 30-50 150**

* 80-100 for Liquid Chlorine, Cal-Hypo and Lithium Hypo; 100-120 for gas chlorine, dichlor, trichlor and bromine compounds.

** Except where limited by Health Dept. requirements, often to 100 ppm.

Suggested NSPI Standards – Spas

Minimum Ideal Maximum
Free Chlorine, ppm 1 1.0-3.0 10
Combined Chlorine, ppm None None 0.2
Bromine, ppm 2 2.0-4.0 10.0
pH 7.2 7.4-7.6 7.8
Total Alkalinity 60 80-120* 180
Total Dissolved Solics (TDS), ppm 300 1,000- 2,000 3,000
Calcium Hardness, ppm 150 200-400 500- 1,000
Cyanuric Acid, ppm 10 30-50 150**

* 80-100 for Liquid Chlorine, Cal-Hypo and Lithium Hypo; 100-120 for gas chlorine, dichlor, trichlor and bromine compounds.

** Except where limited by Health Dept. requirements, often to 100 ppm.

Information needed to test your pool water

In addition to bringing in 8oz of pool water, please have the following information:

  • Pool volume. Calculate your pool volume here.
  • Pool surface: vinyl, gunite, or plaster.
  • Filter type: sand, diatomaceous earth, or cartridge.
  • Sanitizer type: Chlorine or salt.
  • Water Features?
  • Heater type: gas or electric.

How to take a water sample

  • Use a clean cup or bottle with a cap (not glass).
  • Choose an area of the pool that is away from skimmers or jets. Try to take the sample from the middle of your pool.
  • Hold the bottle upside down and insert into the pool elbow-deep. While still holding the bottle under water turn it right side up to collect the sample. We need up to 8 oz.
  •  Cap the bottle and take it to us immediately.