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    Automated pH

    For a residential pool is it worth using a Solaxx pHTek or other system to automatically control your pH?

    I deal with pH probes at work and we are calibrating monthly and replacing at least annually.

    I like the easiness and automation but is it worth the $500. Opinions?
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    Re: Automated pH

    Depends on how quickly your pH rises.

    If you can get and maintain your TA pretty low, the pH may be fairly stable without the need to add a lot of acid.
    But, with a SWG and if you have any water features, you are more likely to have a pH that seems to be constantly rising.

    So, I would not recommend one until you know how your pool behaves, and then you have to decide if it is worth the $500 to you.
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    Re: Automated pH

    I do not have issues with TA but as you stated my SWG has me adding acid 1-2 times per week.

    What brands are available? And recommended?
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    Re: Automated pH

    What is your TA? If you lowered it, the pH rise would slow.

    I have no idea what units are available.
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    Re: Automated pH

    The only time automated PH regulation is worth the effort is for high TA fill water, where you will unavoidably be adding acid constantly. In just about all other situations it should be possible to balance your levels so that the PH is stable, or close enough to stable that automation is not needed.
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