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Thread: Is adding borates to my pool a good option for me?

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    Is adding borates to my pool a good option for me?

    My TA is currently at 60, do I need to increase it to the 70-80 range???
    I purchased a new Hayward Salt system for my pool beginning of the summer and have been noticing that my pH keeps jumping up into the 8's. I have around a 16-18k gallon pool and using the T-15 cell, I keep it around 60% and it produces plenty of CL.
    So far in the last 3 months I think I have went through 10 gallons of acid. My Cy Acid was at 50 which I just increased to around 75-80. I am thinking about adding the Boric acid to stabilize the pH better? Is this a good option for me?
    I have also been using my aerater at night to drop the temp of my pool, could this be another reason why my pH keeps jumping up?? I read in previous posts using aeration can increase pH, is this actually true, my pool store disagrees with me.

    pH: 7.6
    Salt: 3500
    Cl: 4.0
    Ca: 80

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    Re: Is adding borates to my pool a good option for me?

    Welcome to TFP.

    Borates may help a little, but since you're areating the water, that's certainly adding to the pH rising quickly.
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    Re: Is adding borates to my pool a good option for me?

    Welcome to the forum

    Yep, any form of aeration will push up pH, ie SWG's, water features, folks splashing, returns breaking the surface, etc.

    I think I would leave TA at 60 for now.
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    Re: Is adding borates to my pool a good option for me?

    Hey, welcome to TFP! I would see what aeration does for you at first and go from there.
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    Re: Is adding borates to my pool a good option for me?

    Please list your Calcium Hardness (CH) level as well. Also, for future reference, we normally list Cyanuric Acid as CYA, not CA, to avoid confusion with calcium.
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