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Thread: Borate levels to high, is that a bad thing???

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    Borate levels to high, is that a bad thing???

    I apparently added to much 20 Mule Team Borax when I decided to go the Borate route. My current Borate Levels are 90ppm! I keep draining & filling back up & waiting/circulating, then draining again, but the levels won't go down. I know the correct levels are 50-55ppm, so is the levels being this high anything to be worried about?

    Thank you in advance for your time, efforts & information!
    Type: Doughboy 16x32 Oval Above Ground w/ 7' Deep End
    Volume: 17,500 gallons
    Chemicals:SoftSwim, Borax & Acid
    Testing Method: Colorq Biguanide Pool/Spa 5
    TA:135
    Ph:7.9
    Biguanide (SoftSwim B):35ppm
    Biguanide Shock (SoftSwim C): 49ppm
    Borate: 90ppm

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    Re: Borate levels to high, is that a bad thing???

    Hi there~~

    It seems odd that you are draining and filling and still are getting the same test results. Either something might be wrong with your test strips, or something with the Soft Swim is stepping on the borate test.

    If I suddenly found my borates at 90, I wouldn't do a thing. I'd just wait for the filter backwashes and the splashout and refilling to reduce the borates.

    Try testing again in a day or so. Also consider getting a fresh container of test strips.

    Lana
    23,600 gallon, refurbished 1960's inground concrete, Jandy sand filter w Jandy 2 hp variable speed pump, Pool Pilot Digital SWCG+Chemtrol 2100+CO2 tank; PebbleTec White Pearl with 10% Cobalt Blue Dark Beadcrete by Olympic Pool Plastering, Georgia. Taylor K-2006 Test Kit; Aqua Check Salt test; LaMotte borates test, and Jack's Magic Sequest test kit; SparklyPoolitis level: extremely high.

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    Re: Borate levels to high, is that a bad thing???

    Quote Originally Posted by Lana537
    Hi there~~

    It seems odd that you are draining and filling and still are getting the same test results. Either something might be wrong with your test strips, or something with the Soft Swim is stepping on the borate test.

    If I suddenly found my borates at 90, I wouldn't do a thing. I'd just wait for the filter backwashes and the splashout and refilling to reduce the borates.

    Try testing again in a day or so. Also consider getting a fresh container of test strips.

    Lana
    Lana, Thank you for taking the time to respond! I found out the level was 90 by getting the water tested at the pool place using the computerized method. The test strips show it at least 80. I just want to make sure it's not going to hurt anything or anyone being that high until it comes down.

    Thank you!
    Type: Doughboy 16x32 Oval Above Ground w/ 7' Deep End
    Volume: 17,500 gallons
    Chemicals:SoftSwim, Borax & Acid
    Testing Method: Colorq Biguanide Pool/Spa 5
    TA:135
    Ph:7.9
    Biguanide (SoftSwim B):35ppm
    Biguanide Shock (SoftSwim C): 49ppm
    Borate: 90ppm

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