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Thread: How to lower PH without lowering TA ?

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    College Station

    How to lower PH without lowering TA ?


    I have a new plaster pool about month old. First couple of weeks used lots of acid to lower the TA and finally got it where wanted. Took about 7 gallons of acid.

    Anyhow I find myself having to add acid now just because of PH. PH creeps up to 7.7-7.8 range and every couple of days I find myself adding pint or 2 of acid. I don't mind doing this but am very worried I'll end up dropping the TA.

    So how to drop the PH without dropping TA ?

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    Re: How to lower PH without lowering TA ?

    Likely your pH will keeping rising for a while, adding acid will lower TA. Until your plaster fully cures, you will have to keep an eye on both pH and the TA. Finding a sweet spot on the TA will help.
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    Re: How to lower PH without lowering TA ?

    It is OK to let your TA drop down as low as 60, even 50 if you PH remains stable. If not then you can raise TA with baking soda without raising PH much.

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    Re: How to lower PH without lowering TA ?

    With our new pool walmart baking soda was a staple for the first 6 month or so. I was going through 4 pounds every 3 to 4 weeks.
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