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How do you raise the Ph in a salt water pool if soda ash only raises the alkalinity?


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Answered 2006-08-22 21:51:14

Soda ash raises both alkalinity and pH in fresh water; I would assume the same in salt.

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How do you raise pH without raising alkalinity?

You can raise pH only by using sodium carbonate which is mostly sold as pH plus. Don't use bicarbonate which will raise pH but also raises the alkalinity.


What do you use to raise the ph in a swimming pool?

the pH can be raised by adding an alkaline chemical such as soda ash (which also raises total alkalinity quite a bit) or borax (which has only a slight effect on total alkalinity), or by aeration of the water to outgas CO2 (which will raise pH with no impact on total alkalinity). Soda ash actually has very little effect on Total Alkalinity. Baking soda is the chemical to use to raise T/A.


Will soda ash raise pool alkalinity?

In some cases, soda ash can be used to raise total alkalinity. Pound for pound, soda ash raises alkalinity 60 percent more than sodium bicarbonate and is cheaper than sodium bicarbonate. The problem with using soda ash to increase alkalinity is it drastically increases pH. This can cause cloudy water and scale formation. Soda ash should only be used to increase total alkalinity if you also need to increase the pH or if only small increases in alkalinity are needed.


Can you substitute baking soda for pot ash in a swimming pool?

Baking Soda (sodium bicarbonate) is used to slightly raise pH but more often to raise alkalinity. Ideal range is between 80-120. Baking soda will only raise the pH so much. Dense soda ash raises pH only and is more "powerful" and is used to raise pH when alkalinity is at a correct level. In otherwords. Balance alkalinity first then if pH is still low raise it with Soda Ash.


Can you use baking soda to increase the Ph level in your swimming pool?

Baking soda actually raises the total alkalinity of your pool. This does also increase your pH, but should only be used if your test kit shows low alkalinity. Otherwise you'll raise both pH and alkalinity and then have to use alkalinity down. Borax will raise PH and not alkalinity, but it raises it a lot. Start slowly by adding 1/2 box per 10,000 gal of water. Check the pH after 24 hours to see if you need more. Be sure to use only Borax and not detergent with Borax.Answer by TS( It must not contain detergent ) Only use 20 Mule Team Borax Laundry Booster. It can be found at any grocery store. Try using the same amount as you would with PH plus 1 lb. to 10,000 gallons, and wait 2 to 4 hrs. Then check your PH reading. If it's still low, add some more until you get it to 7.2 to 7.8 range. Caution - check your alkalinity before using borax, because borax raises PH only, without affecting your alkalinity. If your alkalinity is also low you can use baking soda to raise your alkalinity and PH. Baking Soda raises PH and Alkalinity at the same time. Baking Soda has the same ingredients as Alkalinity plus, but half the price. Take a look at this web site for more information on Borax. http://www.poolsolutions.com/gd/borax_20mule.html(copy & paste to use link)


When can you swim after adding alkalinity to pool water?

Your question is confusing. You do not add alkalinity to a pool, alkalinity is a measurable component of a pools chemical balance. You normally only have to worry if a pools alkalinity is low and then the only impact is on the pool equipment. Baking soda is added to raise alkalinity, which is harmless to people so you can add baking soda to a pool while people are in it.


How much borax in a 13500 gallon pool?

Only use 20 Mule Team Borax without detergent. This raises your PH without raisig alkalinity. Try using the same amount you would with PH plus, and wait 2 to 4 hrs. and check your PH reading. If your alkalinity is low you can use baking soda to raise your alkalinity. Baking Soda raises PH and Alkalinity. Baking Soda has the same ingredients as Alkalinity plus, but half the price. Take a look at this web site for more information on Borax. http://www.poolsolutions.com/gd/borax_20mule.html TS


What amount of borax do you use in a swimming pool?

It depends on the how much water and what your pH is reading. I've used Borax in many pools when trying to raise pH and not raise Total Alkalinity. As a general rule of thumb you can use about the same amount as you would use Sodium Carbonate ph+. Follow the guidelines on a pH container if you have one or list the particulars and I can advise. Only use 20 Mule Team Borax Laundry Booster, ( It doesn't contain detergent ) This raises your PH without raising alkalinity. Try using the same amount you would with PH plus, and wait 2 to 4 hrs. then check your PH reading. PH (7.2 to 7.8 ) If your alkalinity is low you can use baking soda to raise your alkalinity. Baking Soda raises PH and Alkalinity at the same time. Baking Soda has the same ingredients as Alkalinity plus, but half the price. Take a look at this web site for more information on Borax. http://www.poolsolutions.com/gd/borax_20mule.html == ==


Can you use baking soda to soften pool water?

No, baking soda raises total alkalinity, it does not decrease calcium or magnesion hardness. the ONLY way to easily soften pool water (lower the calcium hardness) is by water replacement with softer water.


What kind of borax do you use to raise the pH in a pool?

( It must not contain detergent ) Only use 20 Mule Team Borax Laundry Booster. It can be found at any grocery store. Try using the same amount as you would with PH plus 1 lb. to 10,000 gallons, and wait 2 to 4 hrs. Then check your PH reading. If it's still low, add some more until you get it to 7.2 to 7.8 range. Caution - check your alkalinity before using borax, because borax raises PH only, without affecting your alkalinity. If your alkalinity is also low you can use baking soda to raise your alkalinity and PH. Baking Soda raises PH and Alkalinity at the same time. Baking Soda has the same ingredients as Alkalinity plus, but half the price. Take a look at this web site for more information on Borax. http://www.poolsolutions.comas/gd/borax_20mulhtmle. TS


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Can you use soda ash to raise the PH IN YOUR pool if so how will this affect the alkalinity?

Yes you can. In fact pool stores will sell you soda ash. It's pretty much the only place you can get the stuff. It will raise the Total Alkalinity and the PH of your pool.


How do you raise pH levels in a inground pool?

by adding sodium carbonate or sodium bicarbonateAnswer by TSYou can use sodium carbonate (soda ash -- Washing Soda at Walmart) or you can use 20 Mule Team Borax Laundry Booster. It can be found at many grocery stores. Try using the same amount as you would with PH plus 1 lb. to 10,000 gallons, and wait 2 to 4 hrs. Then check your PH reading. If it's still low, add some more until you get it to 7.2 to 7.8 range. Caution - check your alkalinity before using borax, because borax raises PH only, without affecting your alkalinity much. If your alkalinity is also low you can use baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) to raise your alkalinity and PH. Baking Soda raises PH and Alkalinity at the same time. Baking Soda has the same ingredients as Alkalinity plus, but half the price. Take a look at this web site for more information on Borax: www.poolsolutions.com/gd/borax_20mule.html


To raise the pH in a pool you use sodium carbonate I was told that you could also raise the pH in a pool by using sodium bicarbonate Is this true?

Answer The most commonly sold product for that purpose is sodium carbonate, aka soda ash, sold as Ph Up by pool stores and as "Washing Soda" by grocery stores. You can also use 20 Mule Team Borax Laundry Booster. It can be found at many grocery stores. Try using the same amount as you would with PH plus 1 lb. to 10,000 gallons, and wait 2 to 4 hrs. Then check your PH reading. If it's still low, add some more until you get it to 7.2 to 7.8 range. Caution - check your alkalinity before using borax, because borax raises PH only, without affecting your alkalinity. If your alkalinity is also low you can use baking soda to raise your alkalinity and PH. Baking Soda raises PH and Alkalinity at the same time. Baking Soda has the same ingredients as Alkalinity plus, but half the price. Take a look at this web site for more information on Borax: www.poolsolutions.com/gd/borax_20mule.html


Can you use borax to raise pH in swimming pools?

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