Hi TFP! I'm new to this whole pool thing. We've got a small above ground (seasonal) pool, blue with the inflatable ring. I've been doing my best to maintain it, but we don't have the money for the chemicals (borax) until the first and the kids want to swim now! In the mean time, everything seems to be just about fine except for the PH, which is getting dangerously low. We have cyanuric acid, which is in the process of coming up to 40, but tfp tells me it can take a week because we have the granules. We have some baking soda, but I'm worried if I add enough baking soda to adjust the PH as needed, I'll raise the TA way too far. My question is thus, I 'spose:
Can I raise my PH simply by aerating my little pool without having used acid to lower the PH so far? Would it be better to use baking soda to explicitly raise my TA and PH?
Thank you all! and here are my pool tests as of 5 minutes ago.
FC - 1.5, just added some cal-hypo 48% targeting 4.0
CC or TC - Don't have this test
pH - 6.8-7.2 somewhere. Don't have better granularity.
TA - ~30
CH - Don't have this test
CYA - ~20