Can the Chlorine Genie be used to adjust/balance pH?

Yes.

One of the byproducts of the unit is sodium hydroxide – this highly alkaline solution can either be drained externally or routed into the pool water.

  • To increase pH, the alkaline sodium hydroxide can be routed into the pool.
  • To decrease pH, the sodium hydroxide can be routed out of the unit through the pH Discharge Valve , leaving a mild acidic solution being dispensed into the pool.

Controlling whether or not the sodium hydroxide will be drained or routed into the pool water is done via the pH Discharge Valve.



LOWERING THE pH IF THE pH IS ABOVE 7.8 PPM

  • Open the pH Discharge Valve by turning to the vertical position.
    • pH open
  • With the pH Discharge Valve open, sodium hydroxide is drained away from the unit and a mild acid solution is dispensed to the pool. This will automatically happen as the Chlorine Genie runs.
  • When the pH Discharge Valve is first opened, approximately 1½ - 2 gallons of water will quickly discharge.
  • After the initial discharge, the discharge will be a slow drip.
  • The pH of the pool water will slowly lower as the low pH, acidic solution is dispensed into the pool.
  • Continue to test the pH of the pool water for the next few days.
  • Leave the pH Discharge Valve open until the pH level is between 7.2 – 7.8 ppm (optimal level: 7.4 ppm). This can take up to a month but should be checked weekly. 
     
RAISING THE pH IF THE pH IS BELOW 7.2 PPM
  • Close the pH Discharge Valve by turning to the horizontal position.
    • pH Closed
  • With the pH Discharge Valve closed, sodium hydroxide is not drained away from the unit, resulting in highly alkaline brine water mixing with the chlorinated water. This leads to high pH water dispensing into the pool.
  • The pH of the pool water will slowly rise as the high pH, alkaline solution is dispensed into the pool.
  • Continue to test the pH of the pool water for the next few days.
  • Leave the pH Discharge Valve open until the pH level is between 7.2 – 7.8 ppm (optimal level: 7.4 ppm). This can take up to a month but should be checked weekly.