Become a TFP Supporter Pool Math Forum Rules Pool School
Results 1 to 3 of 3

Thread: 20 mule team borax vs A&H washing soda for increasing pH

  1. Back To Top    #1
    mariane's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Southeast Michigan
    Posts
    289

    20 mule team borax vs A&H washing soda for increasing pH

    Does anyone notice a difference when using one vs. the other? Pool Math indicates less oz. when using washing soda, more when using borax. Also, would using the borax just be a way to add borates vs. using washing soda which does not add borates?
    Thanks everyone for your help.
    16 x 28 Doughboy Mystic Garden AGP with 7' deep end (used expandable vinyl liner) ~11,800 gals. Deep end main drain. Thru-the-wall skimmer, one return at deep end. Media Master 150# sand filter. Doughboy PowerPak II pump, 1 hp. Pentair MinimaxCH 150m natural gas heater. Polaris 65 when it feels like working . TF-100 test kit. No longer 'pool stored' 5 years and counting. In sunny but fickle metro-Detroit.

  2. Back To Top    #2
    JoyfulNoise's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Location
    Tucson, AZ
    Posts
    11,626

    Re: 20 mule team borax vs A&H washing soda for increasing pH

    Washing soda will increase both the pH and the TA of water. Borax raises pH but has minimal impact on TA. The amount of borax used to raise pH is so small and the need to raise pH so infrequent that it is not generally an efficient way of adding borates in any reasonable time frame. You can add borates to pool using the borax/MA method but the amount of borax used in that process is much much larger.
    Matt
    16k IG PebbleTec pool, 650gal spa, spillway and waterfall, 3HP IntelliFlo VS / 1.5HP WhisperFlo, Pentair QuadDE-100 filter, IC40 SWCG, MasterTemp 400k BTU/hr NG heater, KreepyKrauly suction-side cleaner Dolphin S300i robot, EasyTouch controls, city water, K-1001, K-2006 and K-1766 test kits, Mannitol test for borates

  3. Back To Top    #3
    mariane's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Southeast Michigan
    Posts
    289

    Re: 20 mule team borax vs A&H washing soda for increasing pH

    Thanks JoyfulNoise. I understand it now.
    I love TFP, and quick answers.
    16 x 28 Doughboy Mystic Garden AGP with 7' deep end (used expandable vinyl liner) ~11,800 gals. Deep end main drain. Thru-the-wall skimmer, one return at deep end. Media Master 150# sand filter. Doughboy PowerPak II pump, 1 hp. Pentair MinimaxCH 150m natural gas heater. Polaris 65 when it feels like working . TF-100 test kit. No longer 'pool stored' 5 years and counting. In sunny but fickle metro-Detroit.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •