The CYA level in the pool we now own may have been chronically high for some period of time (in excess of 150). This goes back at least a couple of years. A few weeks ago, I made the necessary corrections to get it in the 40 ppm range (basically, drained the pool), and noticed this weekend that it has creeped up to about 70 ppm. I have been using the BBB method for about 1.5 months now (and using ONLY bleach as chlorine source), but recently, because I had no bleach laying around the house, I put a couple of partially dissolved 3" Trichlor pucks in my CL dispenser. My CYA level is now 70. I am a bit surprised that the partially dissolved pucks could have raised the CYA level that much.
In talking to my local pool store guy, he suggested that the historically high CYA concentration had caused the CYA to adsorb into the pool plaster (because of the super-high levels from prior neglect), and is now diffusing back into the water.
Does anyone on this board support this possibility?
I will continue to monitor my CYA level and will use ONLY bleach from now on so that I know for certain that no CYA is added to the water. If I continue to see the CYA rising, then the adsorption/desorption theory would make sense, and eventually, over time, it should stabilize/equilibrate.