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    baking soda vs washing soda

    The Pool Calculator recommends a value to add to raise PH using washing soda (sodium carbonate) I have a very large bag of sodium bicorbonate (baking soda) left over from the previous owner and am wondering about using that. It's my understanding that sodium carbonate is more caustic than sodium bicorbonate. So is there some way I can convert the figure for sodium carbonate into sodium bicarbonate untill the quantity I have is gone? Thanks
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    Re: baking soda vs washing soda

    Using baking soda to raise PH will cause your TA to increase too much. Baking soda Primarily increases TA, while washing soda impacts both TA and PH.
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    Re: baking soda vs washing soda

    You could also use 20 Mule Team Borax to raise pH and The Pool Calculator will also tell you how much to use. Finally, if the pH is low and you don't want to raise the TA at all, you can aerate the water to raise the pH with no change in TA.
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    Re: baking soda vs washing soda

    If your pH is consistently low, then you might need to raise the TA. I see that you list an in-line chlorinator. When using trichlor, you need a higher TA than when using bleach or a SWG.
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