Yes, I'm new and I too have been lurking for the past month and where do I begin: it started with a simple google search for how to treat staining in the pool. Never had algae, cleaned debris daily, checked chlorine and ph regularly but my teenage daughter said the spa looked gross from the staining. For years (20!) I had always attributed the tea/brown staining to the two HUGE oak trees that border my yard. Literally 10 feet from the pool. 2 Oak trees, tannins, need I say more?
As with all the others who found the Ascorbic Acid treatment on this site, I too said “no way, vitamin C for the pool?” Can’t tell you how hard the wife laughed at me. Quick run to Target, 100 count Vit C, place a couple on the pool steps, OMG. For 20 years I have been scrubbing the @%* out of that pool and Vitamin C, are you kidding me? Ran around the whole pool dropping those little suckers in! Next stop, Amazon, 5lbs of AA. Brought down Cl to 0, Ph to 7 dumped it ALL in. 90% stain free. Having drunk the water, I wanted 100% (pool had been re-plastered 5-6 years earlier and I wanted that new plaster look). Ran to Leslie’s (I know) got some “concentrated AA” dumped that in and voila! 100% stain free! New Pool! Dropped in the Jack’s Purple Stuff . I’m done. Right…next day cloudy! Ugh. Time to go to school….
Jasonlion/Duraleigh/Chem Geek, instead of saying “patience” tell members to buy a bottle of wine, drink the whole thing and just look at the pool. Believe me, last thing you want to do at that point is mess with your pool. Well, brought chlorine and Ph up real slow and 2 weeks later, the pool is stain free and crystal clear but the mind sure is cloudy, but the wine worked (case of wine, literally). So, K-2006 here we come and I know what’s coming after reading for weeks about the chlorine tabs and all the other junk that has been in my pool (chem. Geek: tabs and stainless steel don’t mix well do they). So here’s the damage:
CYA: 150 (assuming the 50/50 pool/tap water works)
CH: who knows, stopped counting after 600, it’s high.
I know, with CYA that high I need FC of 7. I have been putting 1 gal chlorine every night getting me to FC of 5 and by end of next day it’s dropping to 1-1.5. Pool is algae free so I can live with FC at 5 knowing I have to stay on it with the chlorine. If I have to shock, with that much chlorine someone will think I’m building a bomb.
Ok, now for the thanks: this site and you moderators are awesome to give your time and advice for free! Thank you! Around here, we call it eating crow (not sure if they wife heard that).
I know the only way to bring down the CYA and CH is to drain. I just can’t do it; I live in SoCal and we just can’t waste it. I am hoping over the next 6-12 months I can lower it thru backwashing filter, evaporation, diverting rain etc. I know better now than to use tabs but a gallon a day, chlorine. Ugh.
Now here’s the rub: my Jandy 1400 has been slowing dying. Since Jan, been getting the 120/121 codes. I’ll clean the cell, it’ll work, then same thing, general fault 120/121 error. Checked volts to cell and it’s 20-24. Does this mean board(s) are good and a 5 year 1400 has seen its useful life? I hope so cause just purchased a new cell/sensor/dc cord. My hope is the new cell will reduce the amount of chlorine I’ll have to lug while my CYA and CH hopefully come down.
- Will the high CYA and CH reduce useful life of the cell? I know to clean that thing every month to remove the calcium which I know will build up is there anything else I should do.
- Any other suggestions for a new cell with my water?
- Any other issues I should be concerned with?
- Is the Jack's Purple stuff the right stuff every week? I was wondering about the Jack's Magenta stuff?
Again, this site and everyone who gives their time and knowledge are just amazing and greatly appreciated.