How to fix ph and hardness in my above pool
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First of all, I would NOT recommend you use muriatic acid as some people mention, unless your pH or alkalinity are extremely high. This is highly dangerous acid, and if you put in too much, then good luck getting your pH back up again.
You need to test your water with test strips, a droplet test, or bring it into your local pool store and they can test it for you. They should tell you at least your alkalinity, pH, and chlorine levels.
You want to make sure your alkalinity is balanced BEFORE you balance your pH. Alkalinity and pH are related - if your alkalinity is not stable (stable generally means it's between 80 and 120 parts per million or ppm), then your pH will be jumping up and down.
Once your alkalinity is between 80 and 120 ppm, then work on balancing your pH. As long as your pH is between 7.2 and 7.8, it is within a good range. If your pH is 7.8 or higher, you can buy pH decreaser or pH minus at the pool store. On the back of the container, it will tell you how many grams to put in, according to how many litres in your pool. If your pH is extremely high, like at least 8.5-9, then you could consider putting in muriatic acid.
If your pH is too low, you can buy pH increaser or pH plus and put that in your pool. Again, the container will have helpful instructions on the back of it. pH increaser is basically sodium bicarbonate (aka baking soda) so if you're hard up for cash, I've heard of some people just dumping baking soda in their pool. However, pH increaser is definitely better quality so I would recommend that first.
It's really that simple. If pH is above 7.8, dump in some pH decreaser. If it's below 7.2, dump in some pH increaser. You can buy them for under 10 bucks each at many pool stores.
Aug 09, 2010 |
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