Levels out of wack

Problems relating to pH and total alkalinity.
Increase ph, increase TA. Reduce pH, reduce TA.
pH chemistry advice and techniques for the pool.
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Levels out of wack

Postby outback99 » Sat 16 Jul, 2011 11:44

After 3-4 days of thunderstorms, my saltwater pool (above ground) is cloudy. I tested with intex teststrips, the manufacturer of the pool. The results are:copper- 0
free chlorine- 1
ph- 8.0
total alkalinity- 0
how can i get these adjusted to the normal levels?

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Levels out of wack

Postby cpo2go » Mon 15 Aug, 2011 00:35

I can't tell you how much of which chemicals to add without knowing the volume of your pool. How deep is it and I can calculate. I would also need more current chemical levels.

I can say this based on your posted levels; chlorine and alkalinity are low, pH is high. easy to fix but need pool volume. You could also go to cpo2go.com. That is the web based water chemistry calculator I maintain. It will tell you what chemicls to add and in what amounts. It is free to use for 30 days.
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Levels out of wack

Postby chem geek » Mon 15 Aug, 2011 01:58

Test strips are close to useless. It is impossible for your water to have 0 TA and a pH of 8.0. A true TA of 0 would have a pH of 4.5 or below. You really should get your own good test kit, either the Taylor K-2006 or the TFTestkits TF-100 . Also, you can use The Pool Calculator to calculate dosages.

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