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    High Alkalinity

    Hello!

    New pool owner here. Getting everything balanced, and I'm getting really close on the proper chemistry. One item I can't seem to get back down is the Alkalinity. It's over 200. The test strip says 180 is high.

    I've been looking through here and haven't found a discussion that specifically mentions high alkalinity, so I thought I would pose the question.

    Thanks for any help!

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    Re: High Alkalinity

    Greetings!

    First off, test strips other than for measuring salt or borates are unreliable. You need a good test kit. The TF-100 (link in my sig) or the Taylor K-2006 are good.

    For total alkalinity correction, try this: pool-school/lowering%20total%20alkalinity
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    Re: High Alkalinity

    Yeah, I was hoping to get back here to remove my post. I was looking at that exact article. I should rephrase my question: Short of all my other numbers looking good, will high TA (as I understand it to be now) cause any sort of problems to people swimming if that's the only level I'm seeing high. I was reading and it was saying to get the neighborhood kids in there and get to splashing.

    Much appreciated.

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    Re: High Alkalinity

    High TA doesn't cause any direct problems. What usually happens with high TA is that the PH goes up fairly rapidly, and high PH can cause problems.
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    Re: High Alkalinity

    That's what I had thought, based on the article on how to lower it. Appreciate it.

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