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Thread: sodium bicarbonate almost same as salt?

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    sodium bicarbonate almost same as salt?

    Does baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) act the was salt does in your pool besides adjusting alk? When you think salt ya thing sodium.....

    If so then after a period of time and several uses it will basically soften like salt does and will it eventually corrode as they say salt would in a pool?

    Whats the chances of having a warranty voided through the use of soda but not having a salt water pool?

    I know this sounds far fetched but after a period of time even through adding water from evaporation/splash out it doesn't actually go away it would just build up. possibly?
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    Re: sodium bicarbonate almost same as salt?

    Well, when you think of hydrogen, you think of hydrochloric acid, but water contains hydrogen too. No, they don't act alike. You don't have to keep adding baking soda unless the TA goes down, and if the TA goes down, that means that the bicarbonate has left the pool.
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    Re: sodium bicarbonate almost same as salt?

    In a little tiny way it does, but for all practical purposes they are completely unrelated. Many different products add salt to the water. It is essentially impossible to use enough of any of them in the normal course of caring for the pool to get the salt level up to where a SWG wants the salt level. The rate of salt addition is slow enough that splash out alone is enough to keep the salt level reasonably low.
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