Is Leslie’s pools free testing legit?

  1. That's kinda the tfp vs pool stores crap you'll see in tfp forums. Pool stores are a business, they exist to sell things. Yeah, they're gonna try to sell you expensive pH Down when muriatic acid works just as well. But their testing has to be at least a little accurate or they're gonna be trashing pools left and right, and that's not good for business.

  2. muriatic acid is pretty dangerous though, I literally have to use an army gasmask and a smock with long gloves like something out of breaking bad to use it. ph down wont immediately burn your hands or blind you...

  3. I use them and have had pretty good luck so far. I hear it boils down the employees running the test. I may score 60% but when the employee walks me through it he’ll generally tell me if the score is close enough in range not to worry. First time pool owner as well, I tried to test my own chemicals in the beginning, but found it way easier to take the sample in as I suck at the testing.

  4. My own opinion is I trust my Taylor kit more than any store. I buy pool floats and stuff from Leslie’s. But when I have tested water at three different places only one came close to my results.

  5. No test kit will match the accuracy of a computerized test. I’ve been in the pool business for over 20 years and I can’t get consistent results from a test kit like I can from out lab at the store. Reagents are more accurate than test strips, but also very sensitive to heat and light fluctuations. Test strips have about a 20% margin of error.

  6. This is not true. When’s the last time the pool store calibrated their machine? They use photo color detection. Fresh chemical reagent kits are the most accurate tests available to us.

  7. Employees at Leslie's are working based on commission so it's in their personal interest to sell you as many chemicals as possible. Their employees have a high turnover which should tell you something. Take their advice with a grain of salt.

  8. The testing they provide is only as good as the person testing it or the SpinLab it’s being tested on. Most times the personnel at Leslie’s doesn’t clean or calibrate the sensor probes that physically do the testing. I have customers all the time come to me with a print out they received at Leslie’s - we then test in real time at the pool and the readings are vastly different. It’s impossible for them to accurately test your chemicals, from a vial that may have contaminants, while also factoring in the scope of your pool and filtration system, along with other outside factors. Buy a Taylor K-2005 test kit and DIY yourself best bet.

  9. Learn how to do the testing yourself and understand your pool. You don’t need them to sell you chemicals every time you go.

  10. Depends on the store. I use our Leslie's and they are very helpful but wasn't always the case. The original manager when I first went there was a condescending jerk and wasn't helpful at all. Went back in the next year and they had canned that guy and they've been great since.

  11. depends on the test they're using and if they clean between tests at first my store was really good about cleaning between but now they don't care and values are all over the place

  12. their testing is somewhat legit. I've had bad readings and testing the same day at a different leslies with different results. they also adjust I think their TA with your cya levels. and they do upsell alot of chemicals. everytime they tell me I need something, I'll just add chlorine and wait a day, go back and magically my levels are perfect. I mainly use their testing for pH because I'm not great at the color match

  13. I like the test and the data. I often don’t follow their recommendations. I figure out why they say what they’re saying, decide whether I agree, and mostly use TFP’s pool calc app to determine how much of what chemicals to add.

  14. Leslies pool testing is a joke. Ask them to test with a test strip also. If you have a vinyl pool don’t buy the hardness. Never worry about the phosphates. It will correct itself. I’ve got many more tips.

  15. really all that matters is your acid buffering chlorine retention. also adding baking soda will increase the harness slightly conductivity if you are using a salt pool you really dont want it too hard anyway since its pretty much impossible to get the harness out without a ton of acid

  16. Leslie’s is a big corporation with only one goal and that’s to make money. That said there testing system is the same as everyone else’s however the levels that they say are optimal usually require you to buy more product specifically hardness which you mention. My company and Bioguard itself says 175-200 ppm while Leslie’s says 200-400 ppm so if you look at the test and see where your range is you may not actually need more. Also as a side note if you use salt to generate chlorine you should keep hardness on the lower side maybe 150-175 ppm as the calcium can cause build up in your salt system and mess it up.

  17. Phosphates is the Big Bad that they really push. Leslies calls 0-100 acceptable. Two local pools stores near my use 0-500 for their phosphate range. I have phosphates in my tap water so I'd probably go broke following their plan.

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