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High PH and ALK

My clorine is 1.6 and Ph 8, ALK 217. Can I use normal pool chemicals to lower the PH and ALK while using a Intex Salt generater? I want to be sure these chemicals don't cause any problems with the system.
One mistake I have made is to add more salt when the 91 code came on instead of checking for clogged plates first. As the 91 code came one again, 3 times in the last 1 1/2 weeks, I checked plates and they were clogged with white stuff from either salt or too much ALK.
Working fine at this time, but more salt than necessary. And water bills are nasty in this area with draught laws.

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Yes you can. You need to lower the Alkalinty by adding the Muriatic acid in colums in the deep end of the pool. Then address the ph. It will come down somewhat with the lowering of the Alkalinity.

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