Lowering The pH & Salt Water Systems..


The ph is too high and I am in the process of lowering it.

Will this effect the run cycle on my salt water system?

Thanks for the question

Adjustments to salt water pools are just like regular chlorine pools. You can make any adjustments you need to make, with a few minor exceptions.

Salt Water Swimming Pools

Swimming Pool pH Levels

You can keep running your salt water pool while making your adjustments to the pH level.

When adding any muriatic acid or pH decreaser, be sure to stay away from the skimmer. You don't want any acid to go directly into the system.

Broadcast the acid in the deep end away from the skimmers.

Have a great swimming season.


New Question: How Do I Lower Alkalinity In My Salt Pool

By: Ryan
Date: June 4, 2011

How to lower alkalinity in my pool.

I'm using a saltwater system.

I just installed it @ 6 days ago and already have to clean the system with vinegar.

It's a 5000 gallon pool. The pH is above 8.0ppm and the alkalinity is above 240.

I need help.

Thanks for the question Ryan

These pages go into much detail on how to lower your alkalinity and pH level:

Swimming Pool pH Levels

Pool pH

Pool Alkalinity

Total Alkalinity

Answered questions:
High PH and High TA

Confused About How To Lower Total Alkalinity..Decrease..

Total Alkalinity Too High..pH Too Low..Swimming Pool..

Take the time to read these posts as they are very similar to your alkalinity and pH problems.

Have a fun and safe swimming season.


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New Vinyl Liner & Salt Water Swimming Pool

by Kathy

I am having a new liner put in my pool this morning.

It is a salt water pool.

After I fill the pool, do I add the salt and let the salt dissolve or do I add the salt and turn on the filter?

Thanks for the question Kathy

You want to make sure the filter is running whenever you make any adjustments to the pool, with the exception of adjusting the alkalinity.

If you just put the salt in the pool it will sink to the bottom and might cause staining of the liner. Salt is corrosive.

Probably the best way to add salt is to get a large bucket and dilute it in warm water. Then add it around the perimeter of the pool.

Sweep the bottom afterwards to break up any salt that may have found its way to the bottom.

This is what I've done at the YMCA salt pool when I have to add 35 bags of salt during our annual shutdown.

If you haven't already done so, these are some pages that you might want to check out:

Salt Water Swimming Pools

Chlorine Generator

There are also many questions concerning salt pools and chlorine generators on the pool Q&A page:

Swimming Pool Questions and Answers

Hope this helps and have a fun and safe swimming season.


Follow Up Comment
By: Kathy
Date: May 22, 2011


Thanks so much for the reply. I have gotten mixed answers when I talk to my local pool companies but your answer is what I thought should happen!

Appreciate your help!

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