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Thread: Am I odd that I think a ph of closer to 7.8 is ideal?

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    Am I odd that I think a ph of closer to 7.8 is ideal?

    I've been noticing something this year. When I have the ph down closer to the target of 7.5 the water dries my skin more. If I let ph slowly rise to 7.8 ish the water has a better feel both in and out of the water once the skin dries. I have a virtually constant FC level that I micro treat every day, but I do the acid balance 2x a week.

    Is this normal? It's a very slight observation. Also, this is the first year I've done borates. I didn't notice this effect prior to adding borates.
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    Re: Am I odd that I think a ph of closer to 7.8 is ideal?

    I would say it is all because of the borates instead of pH. I certainly can't say I've ever noticed any differences in the feel of differing pH in that range.
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    Re: Am I odd that I think a ph of closer to 7.8 is ideal?

    Others have reported higher pH is more comfortable.
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    Re: Am I odd that I think a ph of closer to 7.8 is ideal?

    Our pool was "trouble free" for 6-7 years and we always ran at a higher pH. Our water naturally tends to go that way and I suspect I run into more trouble fighting it.
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    Re: Am I odd that I think a ph of closer to 7.8 is ideal?

    Generally, acceptable range for pH is 7.2 - 7.8. I don't personally detect any difference in the water as long as I stay within that range.

    If the higher pH seems better to you, it's fine for it to be there but you don't want it to slip up to 8.0 or higher as some other complications can occur.

    We suggest a pH of 7.4 - 7.6 as a starting point and that seems to be ideal for most people.
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    Re: Am I odd that I think a ph of closer to 7.8 is ideal?

    I would have to say I also prefer a higher pH. I actually think I can tell, without even doing the test, when my pH drops below 7.4. Just by feeling the water. So no, I don't think you are odd.
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