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    Burning Red Eyes Please Hekp

    My pool is new, been open for one month. Been following TFP procedures all along. My numbers are

    TA 90
    FC 4.0
    CC 0.5
    pH 7.7
    CH 175
    CYA 40

    Only been swimming twice, last time i opened my eyes underwater and later my kid said my eyes were "super red." And they stung, for 1-2 days. Now, today, my wife tells me the pool water stings her eyes (from last week). Any idea what is the prob? Or is this expected? Don't know what to think.

    I will note that I have never been able to get CC to zero. Always a slight pink tint with the TF-100. Is that normal?
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    Re: Burning Red Eyes Please Hekp

    Some people do have an issue with CC never going to zero but it is rarely a cause for alarm if it goes away after one drop. Stinging for a couple of days is not normal for any pool however, something is wrong. The first idea I have is to lower your pH down between 7.2 and 7.5. Different people have different preferences for pH and it is typically the largest issue for stinging eyes.

    If that doesn't seem to help the next thing I would suggest is to consider adding some salt to the pool. 1000 ppm of salt can help enhance the comfort of water and its effect on eyes.

    Finally, on probably an unrelated note, is your CH supposed to be that low with a PebbleSheen? I am not familiar with the finish but it seems low for a non-vinyl pool.
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    Re: Burning Red Eyes Please Hekp

    What are you doing your testing with? Pool Store TF 100?

    You numbers look ok so I suspect your ph is lower than is shown. Who and what are you testing with?

    If you are doing your own tests and all that's in this pool is chlorine water and some acid then I would follow the SLAM procedure until you pass the OCDT. Its all in pool school.
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    Re: Burning Red Eyes Please Hekp

    Quote Originally Posted by Donldson View Post
    Some people do have an issue with CC never going to zero but it is rarely a cause for alarm if it goes away after one drop. Stinging for a couple of days is not normal for any pool however, something is wrong. The first idea I have is to lower your pH down between 7.2 and 7.5. Different people have different preferences for pH and it is typically the largest issue for stinging eyes.

    If that doesn't seem to help the next thing I would suggest is to consider adding some salt to the pool. 1000 ppm of salt can help enhance the comfort of water and its effect on eyes.

    Finally, on probably an unrelated note, is your CH supposed to be that low with a PebbleSheen? I am not familiar with the finish but it seems low for a non-vinyl pool.
    Ok, I will try lowering pH a bit. And yes, (plaster) PebbleSheen pools should have higher CH, according to this site. I already added some CH today, but it is too cold to swim to test the results. I also have Boric acid on the way. Do you think the Borates will take the place of salt? Or should I maybe add both? Either way, I will do one thing at a time, and wait and see.

    Thanks for your help.

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    What are you doing your testing with? Pool Store TF 100?

    You numbers look ok so I suspect your ph is lower than is shown. Who and what are you testing with?

    If you are doing your own tests and all that's in this pool is chlorine water and some acid then I would follow the SLAM procedure until you pass the OCDT. Its all in pool school.
    I am using the test kit recommended on this forum. But I think you may be right. Perhaps I need to SLAM the new pool to get a baseline. Who knows what was in my tap water/initial fill.
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    Re: Burning Red Eyes Please Hekp

    Reading this article made a very pleasant difference for me!! Good luck with the water adjustments and I hope your pool is amazing and comfortable very soon
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    Re: Burning Red Eyes Please Hekp

    Quote Originally Posted by needsajet View Post
    Reading this article made a very pleasant difference for me!! Good luck with the water adjustments and I hope your pool is amazing and comfortable very soon
    Swimming Teaching: Bloodshot Eyes After Swimming or Sore Eyes From Swimming?
    Perfect! I think an experimental dip is in order...
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    Re: Burning Red Eyes Please Hekp

    Mark,

    A little advice (and others will concur) - wait before you add the borates to your water.

    TFP typically recommends that folks with new pools wait a season before adding borates. Your pool water is only a month old and it will continue to evolve and change as the plaster cures. You have no idea how it will behave or a baseline from which to know if borates will be helpful or not. It's good for people with new pools to take time to learn how their pools behave. It's ok to have the boric acid on hand but I would caution against adding any until you've sorted out your pools issues and have developed a comfortable routine for managing your water.

    Just my opinion FWIW.

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    Re: Burning Red Eyes Please Hekp

    How are you chlorinating the pool?

    I would avoid adding borates until your pool has finished curing and this eye problem solved.
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    Re: Burning Red Eyes Please Hekp

    Okay, I will hold off on the borates for a while longer. I am using liquid chlorine from the pool aisle at Wal*Mart, it's 10% strength and $3.64 a gallon.
    Thanks for your advice.
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