Hey everyone. New pool owner here. Still trying to figure out this testing and treatment!
I tested my water three days ago and I had
pH - 7.0
TA - 40
I punched that info with everything else into the Pool Calc and I got
Add - 183oz of Baking Soda for TA - to raise to 70
Add - 96oz of Borax for pH - raise it to 7.6
I didnt want to over shoot things so:
Two days ago I added 176oz (11 lbs) of Baking Soda. - PH is now between 60-70 (starts to clear up around 6 drops, 7 drops is almost too much). pH did not appear to change although I thought I read it would.
Yesterday I added in 76oz of 20 Mule Borax (1 box)
Today my pH is 8.0 or maybe higher. It is definitely 8.0 in my test kit. It appears to be 8.0 and not higher on a strip.
So I added 20oz less that what was called for by the Calc and overshot my pH by quite a bit.
Now the calc is telling me to add 5.6oz of liquid acid or 7.6 of dry acid to lower it back down to 7.8.
I really dont want to yo-yo back and forth on my pH. Am I doing something wrong? Can we still swim in the water with a 8.0pH? We had friends with kids coming over in a few hours to swim and I dont want anything to go wrong!