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    I wish I had a before picture.

    About a year ago the third chlorine generator I've installed in my pool bit the dust. The pool was built in 2008. After reading how high Ph levels can shorten the life of chlorine generators I decided to really get serious about keeping it in check. I had been relying on my local pool store for water analysis, but of course this was a weekly, not a daily ritual, and virtually every time I had it checked my pH levels would be high. Saltwater pools are notorious for high pH levels. The generation of chlorine is the culprit. Keeping the pH between 7.4 and 7.6 with 7.2 being the minimum means you're going to be adding acid every 2 to 3 days at least. Buy it by the case. So I purchase the best test kit available, the Taylor K-2006C and became almost obsessive about checking not only my pH levels but also the total alkalinity. it's a delicate dance keeping your pH and alkalinity levels in their proper ranges. Adding your acid VERY slowly in front of your most powerful jet will have the least effect on your total alkalinity. Over the years a significant white calcium line had developed all around the siding. I tried pretty much every suggestion I could find for removing this line but nothing had much if any effect. I basically just gave up and excepted it as a fact of owning a pool. But guess what, it's not. Over the past year that I've been diligent about my pH and alkalinity levels the line has almost disappeared. I wish I had a before picture so you could see just how bad it was. The second picture shows what's left in some areas, but I'm sure given where it's come from that this too will disappear. Hopefully posting this in this forum will help new pool owners avoid this problem altogether.





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    Re: I wish I had a before picture.

    It is the CSI that PoolMath calculates that determines the aggressiveness of the water. Depending on other factors, maintaining the pH as low as you suggest could cause damage. My point is, pH and TA are not the only things to watch, you need the whole picture.

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    Re: I wish I had a before picture.

    Your pool looks very nice, You are correct, keeping your PH and TA in check has brought your CSI down and has helped your pool from scaling and deposits... Having your TA at the lower recommended levels will help with your PH rise and SWG Remember to use poolmath to figure out your CSI level.
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    Re: I wish I had a before picture.

    Quote Originally Posted by jblizzle View Post
    It is the CSI that PoolMath calculates that determines the aggressiveness of the water. Depending on other factors, maintaining the pH as low as you suggest could cause damage. My point is, pH and TA are not the only things to watch, you need the whole picture.
    No argument here, pH and TA are only part of the picture, but it wasn't until I became diligent in keeping these levels correct that the scaling began to disappear, which is the point of my post. As for the pH levels, had I proofread my post more closely I would've corrected that portion to read keeping levels between 7.4 to 7.6 with 7.2 as a minimum. Thank you for pointing that out I will correct it
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    Re: I wish I had a before picture.

    Quote Originally Posted by cowboycasey View Post
    Having your TA at the lower recommended levels will help with your PH rise and SWG Remember to use poolmath to figure out your CSI level.
    Very true. I find keeping it between 60 and 80 ppm really helps in keeping the pH levels stable.
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    Re: I wish I had a before picture.

    Nice pool! Good job getting it under control. I had the same line in my pool a few years ago. Maintaining my CSI slightly negative, -0.1 to -0.2, made the line go away and stay away. Diligent management of the PH is definitely a factor, lowering TA and adding borates also helped me.
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