High Pool pH - Easy Steps to Get it Back to Normal

by Pool Builders on 06-07-2009 in Articles

Swimming pool pH is probably one of the most important factors to pay attention to while maintaining your own pool. There are a lot of problems associated if the pH is too far out of its optimal range. In this article we're going to look at what to do if you have high pool pH and problems associated with it.

Common Problems Associated With High Pool pH:

Cloudy Water
Damages To Pool Equipment
Swimmer Problems Including Dry Skin, Burning Nose and Itchy Eyes
Sanitizer Ineffectiveness

In particular if you're using a sand filter, thanks to some basic chemistry, having too high of a pH balance is going to effectively turn that into a cement filter.

So what can we do?

Well, in this case we're going to be treating our pool with a form of acid. The two most common forms of acid include dry acid and muraitic acid.

In order to determine the amount needed for your size of pool, refer to the instructions that come with whichever chemical you decide to go with.

Now with the pump on, start pouring in bits of acid at the deep end of the pool. This will allow the acid to circulate through out the water easier. This will probably be an on going process, as you're going to have to keep testing the water every hour or so, and adding more acid depending on what the level of pH is.

High pool pH is brought on because of poor pool maintenance. This doesn't mean that it's your fault, what that entails is that you've been probably following bad advice given by pool "experts" whose job it is to get you to buy chemicals and equipment that are more often than not, useless or ineffective.

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