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    Low pH, high TA

    Testing with k2006 has been consistent for the last week with pH ranging from 7.0 to 7.2 and TA of 120-130.

    if I leave the solar cover on all day and only run the pump for 6 hrs the pH goes to 7.0 (maybe lower) I don't like to run the pump more than that as it lowers the water temp so much and I am lucky to get the pool up to 74-76 in a heat wave bc the nights are so cold.

    couple of kids swimming for half the day and it's never gone over 7.2

    should I try to raise the pH and not worry about the TA or just leave things alone?

    Its an an intex easy set approx. 4500 gallons

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    pH 7.2 ( kids were in playing lots today)
    TA 130
    CH 100
    16' round above ground intex simple set; 1000gph intex cartidge pump; Timmins, Ontario (8 hrs North of Toronto)

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    Re: Low pH, high TA

    As long as the kids' eyes aren't burning and you keep monitoring the pH it should be fine as it is. You can aerate the pool by churning the water using a return pointed at the surface or running a fountain inside the pool to raise the pH if you wish. Don't worry about the TA unless you are seeing wide swings in pH.
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    Re: Low pH, high TA

    My return isn't movable and the pump is barely big enough for the pool, the more I run it the colder it gets and the highest I've gotten it this year is 74. The temps at night go down to about 10 Celsius here so it's hard to maintain the heat! Kids wear goggles and have never complained so I guess I'll leave things alone thx
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    Re: Low pH, high TA

    Children splashing will do a thorough job of aerating the water.
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    Re: Low pH, high TA

    I was just wondering cuz even with my little guy in for 8 hrs (I think he's part polar bear bc our pool is usually only in the high 60's) I've never had pH over 7.2
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    Re: Low pH, high TA

    Just out of curiosity... is the pH reagent bottle discolored at all? It can go bad.
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    Re: Low pH, high TA

    Test kit is brand spanking new and I used my other pH kit just to confirm. I've never had pH over 7.2 in two summers
    16' round above ground intex simple set; 1000gph intex cartidge pump; Timmins, Ontario (8 hrs North of Toronto)

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