Taylor Pool And Spa Water Chemistry Guide: Everything You Need To Know

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Having a pool or spa is a great way to relax and enjoy the outdoors, but keeping the water clean and safe can be a challenge. Chemicals are necessary to maintain the proper balance of pH, alkalinity, and sanitizer levels. In this guide, we’ll go over the basics of water chemistry and how to use Taylor test kits to keep your pool or spa water balanced.

Understanding Water Chemistry

Before you can properly maintain your pool or spa, it’s important to understand the basics of water chemistry. pH is a measure of how acidic or alkaline the water is, with a range of 0-14. The ideal pH range for pool and spa water is 7.2-7.8. Alkalinity is a measure of the water’s ability to resist changes in pH, with an ideal range of 80-120 ppm. Sanitizer levels, such as chlorine or bromine, are necessary to kill bacteria and keep the water safe to swim in.

Testing Water Chemistry

The best way to ensure proper water chemistry is with regular testing. Taylor test kits are a popular choice for pool and spa owners. These kits include test strips or liquid reagents to measure pH, alkalinity, and sanitizer levels. Follow the instructions carefully and record your results. Depending on your readings, you may need to add chemicals to adjust the water balance.

Adjusting Water Chemistry

If your pH is too high or too low, you can add chemicals such as soda ash or muriatic acid to adjust it. If your alkalinity is too low, you can add baking soda. If your sanitizer levels are too low, you can add more chlorine or bromine. It’s important to follow manufacturer instructions and avoid adding too much of any chemical.

Tips for Maintaining Water Chemistry

Here are some tips to help you maintain proper water chemistry:

  • Test the water regularly, especially after heavy usage or after adding chemicals.
  • Keep your pool or spa covered when not in use to reduce evaporation and debris.
  • Clean your pool or spa regularly to reduce the amount of contaminants in the water.
  • Balance your water chemistry before adding any new chemicals.
  • Check your equipment regularly to ensure proper function.


Maintaining proper water chemistry is essential for a safe and enjoyable swimming experience. With the help of Taylor test kits and these tips, you can keep your pool or spa water balanced and inviting all season long.