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    Borates?

    Hello,
    Are borates for me? SWG & constantly battling rising PH
    On the borates page it indicates they help raise PH but also control PH fluctuations?
    Given my rising PH situation will borates help stabilize my PH?

    Thanks
    Andrew
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    Re: Borates?

    The first thing to try is to lower your TA levels, if you haven't done that already.

    Borates help even things out, but they don't change the fundamental cause of rising PH, which is high TA levels.

    If you post a complete set of water test results we can give you much more specific advice.
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    Re: Borates?

    Thanks Jason

    Test Results
    CL - Finishing shocking process - just opened the pool
    PH - 7.4
    TA - 70
    CH - 130
    CYA - 40

    Through the summer TA was about 100, PH would rise to 7.8 - 8.0 every 7 to 10 days.
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    Re: Borates?

    Two minor optimizations would be to raise CYA to the 70-80 range, and don't lower the PH quite that low. Both are probably a result of opening/shocking.

    You are a good candidate for using borates. After raising borates to the 30-50 range, you can lower the TA further to around 50, which should help with PH drift noticeably.
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    Re: Borates?

    Thanks Jason.
    Correct, CYA and PH are a result of just opening pool and shocking.
    Typically CYA is at 70 and PH between 7.5 & 7.8

    Appreciate the help and love the forum
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