Swimming pool alkalinity/pH problem?
I have one of those blue easy set pools and started out with alkalinity around 280. I got it down to around 110 but with the alkalinity reduction the pH also dropped to less than 6.8. I have called the chemical company several times (I’m using HTH products) and they keep telling me to add the pH minus to get the alkalinity down and then pH plus to raise the pH. It’s counteracting itself and when I get the alkalinity right, the pH goes down and when I get the pH right the alkalinity goes back up. Anyone have any ideas besides a salt-water system. I plan on one of those for next year. Just not in the budget this season.
You can balance it quite easily. Concentrate on getting the alkalinity to the point of 110-150. Once there use 20 Mule Team Borax to raise the pH without affecting the alkalinity of the water. A cup or more may be needed to get the pH up to appropriate levels. Borax can be found in your local grocery store in the laundry detergent isle.
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