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Pool Water Testing

Pool Water Testing

At both Owego & Endicott Agway we know that testing and balancing your pool water can be discouraging to a new owner or even an experienced one (depending on the season!) Don’t get discouraged, we test pool water at both locations for FREE!! 

With our State of the Art Pool testing machine you get accurate readings of all the chemical levels in your pool in a matter of minutes!

You will also receive a detailed print out with a step-by-step guide telling you how much of each chemical you need to use to adjust the levels, and in what order you need to add them for maximum effectiveness! 

Our staff is pretty helpful too, and we sell all the products suggested making it easy to find exactly what you need! 

We will test your water for the Following Categories:

  • Free Chlorine
  • Total Chlorine
  • Combined Chlorine
  • pH
  • Hardness
  • Alkalinity
  • Cyanuric Acid
  • Copper
  • Iron

Before you bring in a water sample there is of information we will need in order to test the water correctly!

  • We need to know what type of liner your pool has. 

          -The different liner types are typically: Fiberglass, Vinyl, Painted, or Plaster.

  • We need to know what type of filter your pool has.

          -The different filter types are typically: Sand, Diatomaceous Earth (DE) or Cartridge.

  • We have to know if your Pool is an Above Ground or an In-ground 
  • We must know the Pools Dimensions & Depth: (Meaning the Length, Width as well as the Depth) 
  • Last but not least, we also must know the shape of your pool---Typically: Oval, Circle, or Rectangle. 

          -For Above ground pools-we need to know for example if it is 18 foot, 24 foot…etc. & the depth of the water. 
         -For In-ground pools-this means we need to know if it is a rectangle, oval, circle, or kidney shape.

             --The shape & dimensions are especially important when talking about in-ground pools. 
             --The average depth of your in-ground pool is also very important for an accurate reading. 

Unfortunately, we cannot just enter the number of ‘gallons’ in the pool, we have to input the correct dimensions and depth and the program will automatically account for the correct number in your specific pool. 

All of these numbers are VERY important to ensure that the chemical levels are not only measured correctly when the water is tested, but also the recommended chemical levels are added accordingly.

A Few Do’s and Don’ts before Bringing in a Water Sample:

“Dos” When Bringing in a Sample:

  • Use a Plastic Water Container of some sort when collecting your water sample. This could be a water bottle, plastic Tupperware container…etc. 
  • Bring us a water sample upon opening the pool for the season. This will help you get an accurate reading of what your pool needs after the long winter, without just guessing and buying unnecessary chemicals. 
  • You should also bring us a sample periodically throughout the season. Typically, you wouldn’t 
  • want to wait more than 2 weeks between bringing samples. 
  • Take your Water Sample from a depth below the water surface. We usually recommend you take the sample about ‘elbow deep’ in the water. Doing this will help get an accurate read of the levels of chemicals in the water.  
  • At the end of the season is another important time to bring us a water sample. This way you can close the pool with the correct chemical levels which will also make for an easier (and sometimes cheaper) spring start up. 

“Don’ts” When Bringing in a Sample:

  • Use Glass Bottles when collecting your water sample! We say this for several reasons. Old pickle jars for example contain a product that is low in pH which could retain some of the low pH from its previous product. This could result in the reading of your pools pH to be lower than it actually is. We also say this because no one wants broken glass anywhere near their pool and when collecting a wet slippery sample, you could potentially drop and break the jar. 
  • Don’t just guess when applying chemicals to the pool water. This can affect multiple factors; including requiring additions of products that were initially unnecessary as well as your comfort while swimming. 
  • Wait multiple weeks before bringing in water samples. This can result in more problems in the long run. 
  • Take the water sample from anywhere near the surface of the pool water. This will result in readings that are not necessarily accurate. Also, avoid taking your sample from near the skimmer-as this will result in high readings of chlorine, as the skimmer is typically where chlorine is dispensed from. 
  • You also should never use products that are not specifically labeled for use in pools! This can cause a ton of headache! It also can result in costly and time consuming adjustments to be made in order to restore the pool to its previous state. 
  • Also, you should never just ‘wing it’ when closing your pool. This results in a difficult opening in the spring.

Feel free to give us a call for more information or with questions regarding pool water testing.

You can reach us at:

Owego Store: (607) 687-4115 

Endicott Store: (607) 754-6660

We are open 7 days a week! Check out the Home Page of our Website to find our Daily Hours.