What is Alkalinity Up?
Alkalinity up is the commercial name for the chemical compound sodium bicarbonate and it’s used to raise alkalinity.
Sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO₃) should not be confused with sodium carbonate, though they sound similar.
Interestingly, sodium bicarbonate is also the same chemical in common baking soda.
With regards to recreational water treatment, the main difference between sodium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate is that sodium bicarbonate (alkalinity Up) will raise alkalinity more quickly without affecting pH as dramatically as ph Up.
What Form(s) Does Alkalinity Up Come In And How Do I Use It?
Alkalinity up comes in the form of powder and it should be added to your pool by adding in front of a return jet. It is water soluble and dissolves quickly, so you can also add this chemical it to the perimeter of your pool as well.
Safety Information About Alkalinity Up
You should always read and follow all safety precautions on the product labels. Keeping your pool safe means keeping yourself and others around you safe while maintaining your chemistry and your equipment. Some common recommendations include:
- Wearing protective gear such as gloves and eye protection.
- Store chemicals in ventilated areas and separate from one another to avoid chemical reactions from leaks.
- Do not mix chemicals.
Interesting Fact About Alkalinity Up (sodium bicarbonate)
- Can make your home homegrown tomatoes taste sweeter.
- Can be used to keep your sneakers from being stinky.