Alkalinity and pH balance


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Total Alkalinity

The Total Alkalinity is the measure of alkaline materials dissolved in the water.
Proper levels of Total Alkalinity serve as a buffer to prevent fluctuations in the pH.
Total Alkalinity should be between 80 and 120 ppm.
A low Total Alkalinity allows the pH to easily “bounce” below its ideal range.
A high Total Alkalinity causes your pH to “bounce” above its ideal range.
To increase your Total Alkalinity, add Total Alkalinity adjuster or sodium bicarbonate.
Follow the instructions on the container.
In general 3 lbs. of Total Alkalinity adjuster will raise the Total Alkalinity level of a typical 20,000 gallon pool by 10 ppm.
If the Total Alkalinity is high, you may need to add doses of acid or dilute the pool water with fresh water that has a lower Total Alkalinity content.
Test Total Alkalinity monthly. If your test kit doesn’t test for Total Alkalinity,
take a sample to your local pool store’s water lab each month.

IncreasePoolVolume
PPM1000 GAL5000 GAL10000 GAL15000 GAL20000 GAL25000 GAL
100.15lbs0.75lbs1.5lbs2.25lbs3.0lbs3.75lbs
200.3lbs1.5lbs3.0lbs4.5lbs6.00lbs7.5lbs
300.45lbs2.25lbs4.5lbs6.75lbs9.00lbs11.25lbs
400.60lbs3.00lbs6.00lbs9.00lbs12.00lbs15.00lbs
500.75lbs3.75lbs7.50lbs11.25lbs15.00lbs18.75lbs
600.90lbs4.50lbs9.00lbs13.00lbs18.00lbs22.50lbs
701.05lbs5.25lbs10.5lbs15.75lbs21.00lbs22.65lbs
801.20lbs6.00lbs12.00lbs18.00lbs24.00lbs30.00lbs
901.35lbs6.75lbs13.5lbs20.25lbs27.00lbs33.75lbs
1001.5lbs7.50lbs15.00lbs22.50lbs30.00lb37.50lbs

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