Pool pH levels should stay between 7.2 and 7.6. Many pool manufacturers recommend the alkalinity in your pool be between 80 – 120 parts per million. Maintaining safe levels ensures safe swimming for your family. When the pH levels are too high, the chlorine can’t disinfect the way it needs to. Also, it will lead to skin irritation, cloudiness in the water, and lime precipitation.
Low pH levels can damage your pool’s mechanical systems and the liner of the pool. It will also cause irritation in your eyes.
To keep your levels correct, you’ll need to check your pool’s pH level by using a water test kit. This will show you whether or not the levels are too high, too low, or right on target. If the level is too low, you’ll need to add a product made of sodium carbonate directly to the water. In general, it takes 6 oz to raise pH levels by .02 in 10,000 gallons of water.
Reduce your pool’s pH level by adding muriatic acid or sodium bisulfate. To do this, turn off the pump and wait for the water to completely settle. Follow the directions on the package and let the chemicals sit for an hour before turning on the pump. Test the water after 5 hours to see the changes.
For best results, check your pool water 2 or 3 times a week and make adjustments as needed.
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