Become a TFP Supporter Pool Math Forum Rules Pool School
Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: High TA water source, will I ever use BS?

  1. Back To Top    #1
    VoR's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    San Diego, CA
    Posts
    41

    High TA water source, will I ever use BS?

    Does Alkalinity ever drop on its own do to sunlight or bleach or anything else we put in the pool? With a high TA from our water it seems the best way to lower Ph when need be is to add acid and aerate right? Am I missing something?
    9000 Gallon Gunite Pool
    Pentair 1/2 HP Whisperflo Pump
    Pentair DE Filter
    Kreepy Krauly

  2. Back To Top    #2

    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Cupertino, CA
    Posts
    1,966

    Re: High TA water source, will I ever use BS?

    Alkalinity drops when you add acid. I don't think there's any other way for it to drop. If you have high TA fill water then yes you will probably never use baking soda. I am pretty sure I haven't; maybe once in the spa to recover from a screwup.
    --paulr
    BBB "Intermediate Swimmer"
    IG plaster pool 18.5K gal, Hayward Pro-Grid DE filter, 3/4 HP Hydramax II; Polaris 380, 3/4 HP booster
    AG spa 325 gal, probably Sundance of some kind
    Water testing instructions on one page

  3. Back To Top    #3
    Mod Squad JohnT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    SW Indiana
    Posts
    8,617

    Re: High TA water source, will I ever use BS?

    Probably not, since you can just use your tap water to add alkalinity. My well water is almost 500ppm TA, so I never add baking soda. Weekly muriatic acid the first 3 years, but now I only have to add MA when I add water to the pool.
    TFP Moderator
    20K Gallon 20X36 Vinyl Inground
    Hayward S244T Sand Filter with 1HP Whisperflo Pump. Liquidator C-201 and Solar Heat

  4. Back To Top    #4
    Guest

    Re: High TA water source, will I ever use BS?

    Many pools that use only unstabilized chlorine sources such as bleach rarely, if ever need baking soda or borax (for rasing pH). They are more likely to need acid on a somewhat regular basis.

  5. Back To Top    #5
    VoR's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    San Diego, CA
    Posts
    41

    Re: High TA water source, will I ever use BS?

    Thanks all. I guess this big bag of BS is headed back to Costco unless I open a bakery
    9000 Gallon Gunite Pool
    Pentair 1/2 HP Whisperflo Pump
    Pentair DE Filter
    Kreepy Krauly

  6. Back To Top    #6
    Guest

    Re: High TA water source, will I ever use BS?

    This is exactly why it's a good idea not to buy anything other than bleach until you test your water and fill water (and also why I have objected and still object to the name BBB since it really does not bear any reality to what is needed in the pool unless the primary sanitizer is trichlor and the bleach is just used to shock.) If you want a three letter acronym then ABC is more accurate for Acid, Bleach, and CYA. IF you buy these things you will use them all sooner or later!

  7. Back To Top    #7
    New2Me's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    SW Indiana
    Posts
    322

    Re: High TA water source, will I ever use BS?

    I'd add an "S" to that for "ABCS" if you have a SWG. Just re-filled my 24k pool and used 5 gallons of Acid, 6 bottles of bleach, 16 pounds of CYA, and 740 pounds of salt(NaCl?)

    Maybe it should be "AB2CS", 'cause I also used 88 pounds of Borax(20 Mule Team.)
    22 x 40 IG vinyl lined, 23,570 gal.
    1 hp. Pac-Fab Challenger pump 300# sand filter
    Intex 8110 SWG, Hayward CL220 offline feeder
    Hayward 250K Btu gas heater
    Aquabots

  8. Back To Top    #8
    reebok's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Lakeland, FL
    Posts
    1,268

    Re: High TA water source, will I ever use BS?

    Quote Originally Posted by waterbear
    This is exactly why it's a good idea not to buy anything other than bleach until you test your water and fill water (and also why I have objected and still object to the name BBB since it really does not bear any reality to what is needed in the pool unless the primary sanitizer is trichlor and the bleach is just used to shock.) If you want a three letter acronym then ABC is more accurate for Acid, Bleach, and CYA. IF you buy these things you will use them all sooner or later!
    it's probably not up for discussion, but I've been thinking about this since I read it and I definitely prefer the ABC acronym.
    16x32 21,000 gallon in-ground exposed aggregate, 1.5hp pump, 120 sqft catridge filter, birdcage, solar panels, aquavac tigershark qc robot.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •