Why does Total Alkalinity matter?

Getting Total Alkalinity: The Boss on Your Side

Total alkalinity can be tested with any of the various pool and spa test strips out there such as Aquacheck.  Total alkalinity or TA is one of the most important things to test in your pool or spa cause without it nothing else will work. Simply put total alkalinity is measure of the water in your pool/spa to resist changes in pH.

TA the Buffer

Why is this important you may ask? This is because TA is a buffer in your water chemistry and by buffer we mean ionic compounds that resist change in your pH.  Think as TA as the foreman that supervises the pH.

Low Total Alkalinity

If you TA is too low it causes what we in the industry call a pH bounce which simply means that you pH will swing wildly from high to lows.

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