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Benefits of Sodium Bicarbonate:
Along with raising the water’s alkalinity while hardly impacting pH levels, sodium bicarbonate has other benefits for the swimming pool as well. For example, since it is not a potentially harmful chemical when bought in baking soda form, it’s relatively safe to use around children and pets who might be frequent swimmers in the pool.
It’s also a very cost-effective way to keep the pool water clear, allowing pool owners to stay on top of their water’s acidity levels. And finally, it is very easy to find in grocery stores whenever it’s needed, which makes pool maintenance even more convenient.
How to Use Sodium Bicarbonate in a Pool:
For those who are new pool owners and wonder how to use sodium bicarbonate in the pool’s water, the good news is the process is extremely easy and effective. Along with the baking soda, you’ll need an eyedropper and a pH test strip.
Begin by removing some of the pool’s water with the eyedropper, then placing the water sample on the pH test strip. The strip will then change color to indicate the pH level of the water, letting you know what to do next.
After testing the water’s pH level, it’s time to turn on the pool’s filter system to allow the baking soda to mix with the pool water. when to add sodium bicarbonate to your swimming pool
As a general rule, add 3-4 pounds of baking soda for every 10,000 gallons of water if the pH level is 7.2 or less. If it’s between 7.2-7.5, add two pounds per 10,000 gallons. If the pH level is higher than 7.5, no baking soda should be added. Whatever amount of baking soda is added, it should be allowed to filter through the water until no chunks of it are still visible.
And of course, there should be no swimming in the pool until all the baking soda has dissolved.
By using this inexpensive but effective form of sodium bicarbonate, your pool’s water can once again be clear and have much lower levels of acidity.