First pool. High alkalinity.

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Kerry
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First pool. High alkalinity.

Postby Kerry » Fri 30 Jun, 2017 22:35

This is our first pool and I'm trying to balance but my alkalinity is high and I don't know how best to lower it. Please advise on what I should be doing to balance the alkalinity and pH so I can continue opening the pool.

Round Intex 15' x 42" 1,000 gal/hour filter

Using Clorox Pool and Spa chemicals and test strips with the phone app.

Hardness: 250
Total Chlorine: 0
Free Chlorine: 0
pH: 7.8 (yesterday was 7.8 and used pH down. Today was 6.8, aerated pool to bring up pH and it worked faster than I thought and I overshot pH while TA stayed the same)
Alkalinity: 180
Stabilizer: 0


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Re: First pool. High alkalinity.

Postby Denniswiseman » Sat 01 Jul, 2017 05:17

Forget the TA for now and get some stabilisor and chlorine in ASAP otherwise you will soon have an algae pond
Use Pool Levels to determine what level to use and Pool Maths to work out how much
Use Muriatic acid (hydrochloric acid) to lower pH and TA then aerate to raise pH and continue the cycle untill your TA is low enough (lowerTA will stabilise your pH)
Just concentrate on lowering pH

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