I have never gotten a handle on balancing my salt water pool... ph issues/ scaling etc.

Texgirl

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Sep 26, 2012
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I love my salt water pool... but the ph creep constantly has been so difficult to manage... had my pool since 2013.. i know we let it creep up too high. I feel like I need to add acid every few days to keep in check... what can we do to better maintain and get out of this constant ph of 8 or higher that we can never seem to get control of.....
 

ajw22

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Jul 21, 2013
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Northern NJ
What is your TA?

What type of pool? Please create your signature with details of your pool.

Needing to lower pH every few days is a fact of pool owners. Some folks install automated acid dispensers. They have their pros and cons and need watching over and periodic maintenance.
 

Texgirl

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Sep 26, 2012
249
What is your TA?

What type of pool? Please create your signature with details of your pool.

Needing to lower pH every few days is a fact of pool owners. Some folks install automated acid dispensers. They have their pros and cons and need watching over and periodic maintenance.
I think I created my signature... thanks so much. I have thought of the automatic dispenser!! I just get busy and forget to check it... I have read about borates to help stabilize the ph in salt pools.. Looking for thoughts on those sorts of products.
 

ajw22

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Jul 21, 2013
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After you give us a complete set of current test results we can discuss what you need to do and the use of acid dispensers.
 

Texgirl

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Sep 26, 2012
249
Ph yesterday was 8.0 ... added acid, today it was 7.6. TA 50 CH 450 , tc 3, cc 0

I am thinking about getting a water guru... help me stay on top of things better. I wonder if it has alerts.. like ph is 7.8 alert or something!
 

ajw22

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Jul 21, 2013
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Northern NJ
What is the pH and TA of your fill water?

You have an autofill on your pool?

You running any spa overflow or water features regularly?
 

Texgirl

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Sep 26, 2012
249
What is the pH and TA of your fill water?

You have an autofill on your pool?

You running any spa overflow or water features regularly?
I will need to test my tap water.. no autofill, yes spa overflow on regularly when pump running but no other features are on.
 

ajw22

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Jul 21, 2013
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Your spa overflow running when your pump is running is contributing to your pH rise. What is your daily pump runtime.

Do you have automation that can run your spa spillover for 15 minutes twice a day?
 

Texgirl

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Sep 26, 2012
249
Your spa overflow running when your pump is running is contributing to your pH rise. What is your daily pump runtime.

Do you have automation that can run your spa spillover for 15 minutes twice a day?
I have automation.... but when the pool is on it overflows.... I don't think I am able to not have it spill over....or if I am somehow I don't know how....
 
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ajw22

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Jul 21, 2013
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Northern NJ
Post pics of your pool equipment pad and valves. Especially around your return line.

Your signature does not show any automation. Many automation systems have a spa spillover function. What automation do you have?
 

Texgirl

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Sep 26, 2012
249
Post pics of your pool equipment pad and valves. Especially around your return line.

Your signature does not show any automation. Many automation systems have a spa spillover function. What automation do you have?
corrected my signature! I have hayward pro logic 4. I will take a pic tomorrow. thanks so much!
 

Texgirl

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Sep 26, 2012
249
I have water guru, it definitely helped to keep on top of my pH on a daily basis.
awesome! Tell me about it!! It seems like it would really help me... were you having scaling issues etc? If so, did it help you get a handle on things better? Thanks so much, KIM
 

dorgan

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Apr 13, 2017
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Rockledge, FL
Yes the water guru really does help. Brought in a local pool guy to help brush and treat for the next couple months, as well as look at treatment options. Worse comes to worse we'll do an acid bath.