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How To Manage Your Pool's pH Levels

How To Manage Your Pool's pH Levels

20th May 2021

When it comes to enjoying your beautiful, refreshing swimming pool, there’s one thing that’s crucial from the beginning; the pH level. A pH level that’s too high or too low can have an effect on your skin and irritate eyes. It can also have an effect on the equipment you use to clean your pool as well. Let’s dive into how to maintain the perfect pH level in your swimming pool using the proper chemicals.

If you’re not familiar with pH levels, the pH scale goes from 0 to 14, with 7 being neutral. Water above 7 is considered basic while water below is known as acidic. As a swimming pool owner, you should keep these levels in mind.


7.4 to 7.6


7.2 to 7.8

To help you balance out your swimming pool’s pH level, follow these simple steps to get that perfect swimming pool water.

Items Needed:

Safety Gloves

Safety Glasses

Muriatic Acid

Swimming Pool Water Alkalinity Increaser

Swimming Pool Water Test Kit/Strips


  1. If by chance, you find your swimming pool’s water level below 7.2, you need to add a chemical like our Swimming Pool Water Alkalinity Increaser or soda ash. These chemicals will help adjust your swimming pool’s pH levels.
    • Simply follow the instructions on the container for proper use when diluting. Add the chemicals to a clean bucket of pool water. Get a piece of equipment that you can use to mix the chemicals and pool water in a bucket. Before pouring the mixture around the perimeter of your swimming pool, make sure your circulating system is on. We recommend giving it a few days before testing your pool water and making any adjustments.
  2. If after adding the chemicals above bring your pH levels above 7.8, add Muriatic Acid or Sodium Bisulfate. Do this at 16 ounces per 10,000 gallons every four hours. Note; retest your water before adding additional products. Follow the simple steps below to dilute your acid.
    • Make sure your pool’s circulation system is off.
    • Follow the instructions of your specific acid product to determine the exact amount for your swimming pool. Note; to keep you from going over 7.8, never add more than 1 quart per 10,000 gallons of water at any time.
    • Pour 1 gallon of water into a bucket.
    • Pour the acid into the water. Note; always add the acid to the water as precautions.
    • Add the diluted bucket of water into the deep end of your swimming pool. Note; do not pour the mixture around the perimeter of the swimming pool.
    • Wait around one hour and then turn your circulation system back on.
    • We recommend giving it a few days before testing for new pH levels. 

Maintaining your swimming pool’s water pH level can help keep it safe for your swimmers. Take the time necessary to do this, and enjoy safe, clean water all season. If you need tips on how to maintain your pool year-round, we have you covered with our blogs!