I installed 8 gallon Chlorinator and am trying to balance the water to manufacturer's recommended levels: TA 80-100, pH 7.2. I started the Chlorinator with my levels at TA 180 pH 8.4 and within 5 days the Chlorinator was plugged up with "white stuff", a common problem much discussed in the forum. TFP members have solved the "white stuff" problem by shooting for TA 80 and pH 7.2 and, in some cases, adding borates. This is the "white stuff" solution I am trying.
Over the last 5 days, I have added 3.5 gallons of 31.45% muriatic acid and the TA has dropped to the range of 80-100. But in the process my pH has gone to 6.00! I know the pH is far too low and needs to be brought up, but I don't know how to do it without increasing TA. Today I tried aeration through the spa jets, but I am afraid the process will be too slow.
What should I do now? If the next step raises my TA, how to I get to my targets? If the "white stuff" problem persists, at what point and how do I add borates? And what will borates do to my TA and pH?
18,000 gal IG plaster pool, cartridge filter, maintained last year with no problems using BBB