this is my first post on this forum. I am real glad i stumbled across it, i hope to be on here a long time and learn some really useful info. I am new to opening and taking care of a pool. We opened our pool May 26.
My first question i have for an expert is this: what do you do if you have low pH but HIGHT Total Alkalinity? my PH is 6.9 but my TA is 190 ppm. My chlorine ppm is very low, so i know i need to add some Shock in ASAP--but should i fix the pH BEFORE i add chlorine? (since i have heard that having low pH means it will just eat up chlorine very rapidly?)
I have heard that if you try to raise your pH, then you will also end up RAISING your T.A. but on the other hand, if you try and lower TA (through muriatic acid, eg), then you will LOWER the pH...so what the heck do you do if my pH is low by my TA is high? how the heck do i take care of one without worsening the other??
i have been given conflicting answers from local pool companies, so could i please get some advice from anyone reading this tonite? i would really appreciate it (and if this question has already been asked before, sorry, but i couldn't find anythign under "Search")