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    So probably the dumbest question......

    I know that low PH (below 7.2) is hard on the eyes, etc. What are the drawbacks of high PH?
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    Re: So probably the dumbest question......

    Quote Originally Posted by mpacheco72
    I know that low PH (below 7.2) is hard on the eyes, etc. What are the drawbacks of high PH?
    One thing I recall is that it increases scaling.
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    Re: So probably the dumbest question......

    Just a guess - hard on the eyes as well

    Your eyes are about 7.4 - so if your pool is 7.4 that will be most comfortable.

    Think of it on the extremes. A pH below 7.0 is acidic. Pouring lemon juice in your eye hurts.

    A pH above 7.0 is basic. Getting lye in your eye really really really hurts (and blinds you)

    Bases are just as reactive as acids. People tend to have a better image of acid - it burns, it eats things away, etc etc. A strong base is just as destructive.

    Aside from hurting your eyes, strong bases convert lipids (fats) into soap. You would get all slippery like

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    Re: So probably the dumbest question......

    Awesome. So my kids will come out clean? LOL.
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    Re: So probably the dumbest question......

    My pool water tends to be a little high on pH (Not bad, but with high pH fill water and high pH dust that gets blown into the pool, it tends to be around 7.6). I wear goggles.
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