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Your pool pH level can be one of the hardest levels to maintain. It seems as though the pH has changed by a little bit every time you check your pool. The good news is that pH only has to be within a specific range. However, if it drops below that recommended range, you can experience some less than desirable side effects in your pool. Increasing the pH of your pool is not difficult.
Here is our best advice on how to quickly raise the pH of your pool and get your levels back to where they need to be.
Your pH level should always be between 7.4 and 7.8. Anything lower than 7.3 will need your attention.
The two main things that will affect the pH level in your pool are rainwater and alkalinity. Anytime your pH is off, it pays to check the alkalinity to make sure there are no issues.
If you just recently had a rainstorm, your pH may be lower because of that. It is essential to check your pool levels after a rainstorm in case adjustments need to be made.
If you are thinking of letting your pool just work on increasing its pH over time, this is not the best idea. It is crucial to get the pH level back within range as soon as possible. Low pH can cause the following issues.
Unfortunately, there is no way to maintain the pH in your pool perfectly. It is a level that will vary from time to time, based on weather and environmental conditions. The best possible thing you can do is check your pH levels often. If something is just slightly off, it is a much easier and cheaper fix than waiting until you have significant issues.
If your pool’s pH levels are always consistent and you notice a dip, don’t panic. If you catch a pH problem right from the start, chances are you will be able to fix it before there is any damage to your equipment or irritation to your swimmers. The best way to keep any pool problem at bay is to check the water frequently. Luckily sodium carbonate is an easy chemical to work with, and it is quick and effective at increasing the pH in your pool.
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