How to Lower the Alkalinity In Above Ground Pool?

Alkalinity in the swimming pool is a common thing to see, but there are still a large number of people who are not aware of the symptoms. Do you know that when there appears to the cloudy water or one can read the higher water pressure on the pool pump or there seems a scaling surface, it is clear that there is alkalinity in a substantial amount in the swimming pools?

Lower the Alkalinity In Above Ground Pool

As a swimming lover, you’ll definitely desire clear and balanced pool water with no stress of removing alkalinity as this may become the cause of irritation. The painful part is that both the skin and hair feel sticky and the eyes may burn. Hence, this needs to be adjusted or say balanced so that no damage takes place.

The reason behind the high alkalinity level

Water from the municipal water companies normally has a higher alkaline water level as this prevents the sewer lines and pipes from being corroded. This means that the local water source may be slightly alkaline. If you’ve chosen to help the pool owners, the detailing provided would assist you in managing as one can both test and reduce the level. Secondly, adding too much sodium bicarbonate or say baking soda also increases the alkalinity within the water. It is therefore suggested to add the portion and test if the water is adjusted.

“According to the researches carried out, the time for testing is normally between 6 to 24 hours”

2 Smart ways to lower the level of alkalinity in above ground pool

A majority of people makes a mistake when they add up the amount of chemical in the water by not measuring the size of the pool and the volume of the water it stores. There is a range of alkalinity that needs to be taken care of especially when one is to avoid irritation on the body and burning in the eyes. The ideal range for adjusting the alkaline is 80-120 parts per million (ppm).

  • Step by step guide to lowering the alkalinity in above ground pool with the dry acid (sodium bisulfate)

  1. Prior to adding up any of the chemicals in the pool, it is better to test the total alkalinity of the pool.
  2. Ensure that you stop the circulation within the pool by shutting the pool pump. To make sure that the circulation in the pool stopped, wait for at least an hour.
  3. Before proceeding towards the next step of adding the chemical, ensure that the product label is properly read out as the researchers have shown that the chemical is 93.2% pure. In case of having the alkalinity within the pool at 120 pm, it is now a need to reduce it to 100 ppm.
  4. Now prepare the chemical solution simply by diluting. Since the chemical is dry, you’ll have to make a solution by dissolving it into the water. Once the substance is properly dissolved, the solution is prepared.
  5. Once prepared, add up the solution into the pool with the trick that the PH level in the water is not at all disturbed. This can be done by having the chemical poured deep in the pool, keeping the stream narrow.
  6. After adding, let it rest for an hour in the pool and then you can open the pump and let the water circulate and properly mix the chemical added.
  7. Make a test of the pool water between 6 to 24 hours to find the level of alkalinity.
  8. If needed add more chemicals. Prior to adding up, make sure that you wait for 2 to 3 days as the alkalinity level within the water may decrease in this time period.
  • Step by step guide to lowering the alkalinity in above ground pool with Muriatic acid

  1. Prior to adding up any of the chemicals in the pool, it is better to test the total alkalinity of the pool.
  2. Ensure that you stop the circulation within the pool by shutting the pool pump. To make sure that the circulation in the pool stopped, wait for at least an hour.
  3. Before proceeding towards the next step of adding the chemical, ensure that the product label is properly read.
  4. Now prepare the chemical solution simply by diluting or add a dry chemical. Once the substance is properly dissolved, the solution is prepared.

(Warning- this is a dangerous chemical and may affect both eyes and skin. Therefore, it is suggested to wear gloves, goggles, and a long sleeves shirt)

  1. Once prepared, add up the solution into the pool with the trick that includes keeping the streaming tight so that the solution flows at the bottom.
  2. After adding, let it rest for an hour in the pool and then you can open the pump and let the water circulate and properly mix the chemical added.
  3. Make a test of the pool water between 6 to 24 hours to find the level of alkalinity.
  4. If needed add more chemicals. Prior to adding up, make sure that you wait for 2 to 3 days as the alkalinity level within the water may decrease in this time period.
  5. Also, ensure the PH level. If it has dropped down after adding the chemical, adjust it too.

Keeping the water balanced is key for maintaining healthy skin if you are one of the swimming lovers. Which chemical do you prefer for maintaining the alkalinity of your pool? Do share with us in the comment box as below!