Balancing your pool’s pH level is one way you can be sure you are swimming in a clean and healthy pool. Although chlorine is a much better agent for lowering your pool’s pH, it can sometimes cause skin irritation, especially when the pH level is too low.
There are other ways you can manage your pool’s pH level without chlorine. You can choose to add muriatic acid, dry acid, or balance the pH using CO2. Most pool owners, however, prefer to go for either muriatic acid or dry acid. There are a few differences between these two acid types, and we will be looking at them in this article.
What Is Dry Acid?
Dry acid or Sodium Bisulfate is one of the safest agents you can add to your pool. It is safer than muriatic acid and is more expensive. This acid type comes in a powdered form and is very easy to use. In most pool stores, it is called pH Down or pH minus. Dry acid is commonly used to lower pH levels and reduce the alkalinity in a swimming pool.
However, this expensive acid substance needs to be handled with care and requires a special storage condition because it is corrosive. You can add it directly to your pool water as its granules easily dissolve in water. After application, you can check in about six hours to see how it has effectively lowered your pool’s pH level.
What Is Muriatic Acid For Pools?
Muriatic acid is popular in most hardware stores and pool stores. It was commonly referred to as Hydrochloric acid or spirits of salt in the past. The muriatic acid comes in different acid concentrations, but most pool stores have ones higher than 30%.
You should also keep in mind when using this type of acid to avoid any situation where this Hydrochloric acid comes in contact with bleach. It will produce very toxic chlorine gas. It would help if you had your gloves on and goggles when applying this product. The yellow-colored substance comprises hydrochloric acid and some impurities like iron.
How To Add Muriatic Acid To Swimming Pool
If you need to balance your pool’s pH level, you can add some muriatic acid. However, before you begin, follow these steps for safety reasons:
Test Your Pool’s Levels
The first thing you need to do is check your pool’s pH level. If your pool’s pH level is too high, you can proceed to add muriatic acid.
Wear Protective Gear
Due to the harsh nature of muriatic acid, it is important you stay safe. Exposing your skin to this acid can cause severe burns and irritation. In addition, make sure that your clothing covers your hands and legs fully to prevent any contact. You will need a pair of goggles and acid-resistant gloves. If you get a splash of acid on your skin, quickly get cool water and apply it to the affected area to dilute the effect of the acid.
Dilute the Acid
The next step will be to dilute the acid. You can’t add muriatic acid directly to your pool water because it is potent. Do not add water to the acid before diluting because it would cause the acid to spray out of the container and on your body. When diluting, fill a 4 to 5-gallon bucket with clean water, and the acid you pour will be around 10% of the water in the bucket.
Turn On Your Pool and Apply Acid Slowly
Turn on your pool, and then you can add the diluted acid to the water. Allow the water to run and circulate fully before applying the acid in the pool. When adding the muriatic acid, allow it to disperse around the pool and avoid swimming in your pool for about 30 minutes. You need to add the acid slowly to prevent any splashes that can burn your skin. After applying the acid, recheck your pool’s pH level.
What Will It Be; Dry Acid or Muriatic Acid?
You can use dry acid or muriatic acid to balance your pool’s pH level. The only difference between these two, apart from the cost, is their safety. Dry acid is safer to use with lesser risks, but they both do a good job lowering your pool’s pH level.