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    Newbie, PH question

    Hello again,

    I have a question regarding my 12 by 36 Summer escapes pool. I have the basic "drops" tester that I picked up at Wallmart. The Chlorine shows very high, and the PH very low. My question is, can household baking soda be used to raise the PH?
    -Approx 1900 gallon Summer Escapes 12 x 36
    -Standard cartridge filter
    -Above Ground

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    Re: Newbie, PH question

    No. Baking soda will raise TA. Use borax to raise the PH. Borax can be found in the laundry isle of most larger grocery stores.
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    Re: Newbie, PH question

    Thank you for your reply. I was not aware Borax could be used. I will give it a try later today. Just dump a bit in, and check it again?
    -Approx 1900 gallon Summer Escapes 12 x 36
    -Standard cartridge filter
    -Above Ground

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    Re: Newbie, PH question

    Quote Originally Posted by jay11789
    Thank you for your reply. I was not aware Borax could be used. I will give it a try later today. Just dump a bit in, and check it again?
    You really need to read POOL SCHOOL it will help you. The POOL CALCULATOR will get you the proper amounts to add.
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    Re: Newbie, PH question

    Got it, thanks.
    -Approx 1900 gallon Summer Escapes 12 x 36
    -Standard cartridge filter
    -Above Ground

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    Re: Newbie, PH question

    OK, so after some education....is it safe to say that if I have had a cover on the pool for most of the week, the PH will be low?
    -Approx 1900 gallon Summer Escapes 12 x 36
    -Standard cartridge filter
    -Above Ground

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