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    Alkalinity high?

    Last week, I had high alkalinity and high pH. I tested both today after my daughter complained that her eyes were burning and found the pH to be at 7.6 and the alkalinity was 200. I hve never had to knowingly adjust the alkalinity so not sure what to do here and am short on time to research it a long time. Anyone able to offer some help here? What raises alkalinity anyway? Thanks!

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    Re: Alkalinity high?

    Here is a good article on lowering your TA level.

    A PH of 7.6 is just fine. And neither PH at 7.6 or TA at 200 would cause eyes to burn. Usually eyes burning is from CC being above 0.5 or PH below 7.2.
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    Re: Alkalinity high?

    Burning eyes are usually from Combined chlorine,especially if the pH is 7.6 . To lower TA see the article in pool school
    category/pool-school/lowering%20total%20alkalinity
    and this thread
    viewtopic.php?f=8&t=5341

    Posting a FULL set of test results would be most helpful.

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    Re: Alkalinity high?

    thanks for the quick response! So, as I read that article, I shouldn't do anything to my alkalinity level unless I am having a problem (which I am not)?
    27' AG round pool; vinyl liner; 1 HP pump; 40 GPM Tagleus sand filter

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    Re: Alkalinity high?

    IF your pH is staying stable (which it probably isn't with a TA of 200 ppm) then don't worry about it. However, if you are finding that your pH rises quickly then lower the TA.

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    Re: Alkalinity high?

    got it...thanks!
    27' AG round pool; vinyl liner; 1 HP pump; 40 GPM Tagleus sand filter

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