Regular testing of your pool water is an essential part of maintaining the health of your pool and your family. Keeping your water balanced is vital for your pool, your pool’s equipment and its longevity as a whole.

6 Reasons to get your water tested!

Water testing is crucial for maintaining a safe and enjoyable swimming pool.
Here are several reasons highlighting the importance of regularly testing your pool water:

Balancing Chemical Levels

Pool water needs to be chemically balanced to ensure it's safe for swimming. Testing helps monitor the levels of pH, chlorine, alkalinity, calcium hardness, and other chemicals.


Chlorine or other sanitizers in your pool are essential for killing bacteria, viruses, and other contaminants. Regular testing ensures that the sanitizer levels are adequate to keep the water clean and safe.

Preventing Algae Growth

Imbalanced water chemistry can lead to algae blooms, turning your pool green and cloudy. Testing helps maintain proper chemical levels that inhibit algae growth.

Water Clarity

Balanced pool water looks inviting and clear. Testing helps prevent cloudy water caused by imbalances in pH, alkalinity, or calcium hardness.

Preventing Equipment Damage

Unbalanced water can damage pool equipment such as pumps, filters, and heaters over time. Testing and maintaining proper chemical levels extend the life of your pool equipment.

Cost Savings

Regular water testing can help you catch issues early, preventing more significant problems that could be costly to fix later. It also reduces the need for excessive chemical use.

Bring us your water sample

How to collect a water sample

The important factors to consider are the location from which you take the sample and the method used to obtain it. Ideally, collect the sample from the central area of your pool. Avoid sampling near the skimmer or any return jets.

  • 1 Use a clean cup or bottle (with a cap if you’re taking it to the pool store).
  • 2 Hold it upside down so the opening is facing the pool floor.
  • 3 Insert the cup into the water elbow-deep, and then turn it right side up to collect the sample.

What you need to know before coming in

  • What type of test is it?

    Please tell if this test is for your pool opening (before chemicals have been added) of if it is a check-up (any time after chemicals have been added).

  • How does the water look?

    Clear, green or cloudy?

  • Can you see the bottom?

  • How long do you run the pump for?

    Please round to 0, 6, 12, 18 or  24 hours

  • Did you clean your filter at the end of the season?

  • What is the reading on your salter generator?

    (if applicable)

  • What size is the pool in litres?

  • Is your pool concrete, fiberglass or does it have a vinyl liner?

  • Do you have a sand or cartridge filter?

  • What is the method of sanitizing your pool?

    Salt, chlorine or bromine
    If salt, what model of salt system do you have?

Get your water Tested!

Visit us at our Ancaster store. No appointment necessary.