The COVID-19 supply chain shortages have hit the swimming pool business. A parallel consequence of the chlorine shortage is now an acid shortage. This article will explain how to reduce acid demand by balancing your water chemistry in a more favorable way. You will learn how to stop chasing pH, and instead, learn how to contain it. The results will be less wasted chemicals and more predictable water chemistry.
pH vs. alkalinity
It happens all the time. Swimming pool pH climbs, or sometimes spikes, and all sorts of problems like calcium dust and carbonate scale can occur. But what causes high pH in pools? Why does the pH sometimes climb, and other times stay relatively steady? In this article, we will discuss pH and how it shifts, and offer some remedies to correct the pH, based on each situation.
Alkalinity is one of the primary things measured in water chemistry. But what is it? Total Alkalinity (TA) often gets confused with pH and words like alkali, alkaline, etc. I think this topic is one of the least understood in pool management. Many pool service pros know how to test for TA, but may not even know what it actually is, what it does, and why it's important.