Become a TFP Supporter Pool Math Forum Rules Pool School
Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: Crazy Chems

  1. Back To Top    #1

    In the Industry
    HammerGeek's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2016
    Location
    Wichita Falls, TX
    Posts
    18

    Crazy Chems

    OK....After reading a bunch of stuff on here I fairly sure I've been "Pool Stored." After weeks of clear water, I dumped about $200 worth of chemicals (per pool store computer generated suggestions) in my pool last week to combat slight haze and some algae. A week later my FC is high at least 10, pH is low about 6.8, TA is high about 180. Other than pool store generator, I've been using BioGuard test Strips. That's how I got those numbers. I also get algae slowly growing on the bottom of the pool. Like I can see it on the steps and see it when I brush the steps and sides.

    I just ordered a TF-100 test kit (literally in the last 30 min). I just hope I don't have to wait a week or two to get it in to get a real view of my pool chem levels.

    I added 5 lbs of sodium carbonate to try and bring the pH up.
    My understanding is the high TA will make it more difficult to change the pH (e.g. high TA makes pH move very slowly, while low TA allows pH to swing quickly). <--- Is that correct?
    I'm hoping bring the pH up will help the FC to to calm down a little. I even thought about not adding any more chlorine sticks to the skimmer to also help FC come down.

    Any short term suggestions while I wait on my TF-100?
    I have a 20,000 gal, Gunite pool that has been painted.

  2. Back To Top    #2

    Join Date
    Dec 2014
    Location
    Santa Ana, CA
    Posts
    523

    Re: Crazy Chems

    Quote Originally Posted by HammerGeek View Post
    OK....After reading a bunch of stuff on here I fairly sure I've been "Pool Stored." After weeks of clear water, I dumped about $200 worth of chemicals (per pool store computer generated suggestions) in my pool last week to combat slight haze and some algae. A week later my FC is high at least 10, pH is low about 6.8, TA is high about 180. Other than pool store generator, I've been using BioGuard test Strips. That's how I got those numbers. I also get algae slowly growing on the bottom of the pool. Like I can see it on the steps and see it when I brush the steps and sides.

    I just ordered a TF-100 test kit (literally in the last 30 min). I just hope I don't have to wait a week or two to get it in to get a real view of my pool chem levels.

    I added 5 lbs of sodium carbonate to try and bring the pH up.
    My understanding is the high TA will make it more difficult to change the pH (e.g. high TA makes pH move very slowly, while low TA allows pH to swing quickly). <--- Is that correct?
    I'm hoping bring the pH up will help the FC to to calm down a little. I even thought about not adding any more chlorine sticks to the skimmer to also help FC come down.

    Any short term suggestions while I wait on my TF-100?
    I have a 20,000 gal, Gunite pool that has been painted.
    Welcome!

    Please use liquid chlorine (bleach) exclusively from this point on to chlorinate your pool. Start adding 1/2 gal of bleach daily until your kit arrives and you can post here the actual numbers. If you notice increased rate of algae growth increase your daily dose to 1 gal. That is as much as I can do blindly.
    44k plaster pool, Pentair 011018 pump, DE6020 filter, LED lights, K2006 test kit

  3. Back To Top    #3

    In the Industry
    HammerGeek's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2016
    Location
    Wichita Falls, TX
    Posts
    18

    Re: Crazy Chems

    Any special brand? Or just buy Clorox?
    And when you say, "liquid chlorine exclusively" that includes discontinuing sticks/tabs and burnout75?

  4. Back To Top    #4
    Mod Squad jblizzle's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Tucson, AZ
    Posts
    37,389

    Re: Crazy Chems

    Correct. No more solid chlorine. At least until after you have good test results to know if the side effects are acceptable, if you own some already.
    Jason, TFP Moderator
    18k IG pebblesheen pool, Hayward ProLogic P4 w/ T-15 SWG, Pentair 1HP 2-speed Superflo, Hayward 6020 DE filter
    500 sqft Heliocol solar panels, ThePoolCleaner, TF-100 test kit w/ SpeedStir
    Pool School + Test Kit + PoolMath = A TROUBLE FREE POOL
    If you found TFP helpful and we saved you money ... Become a TFP Supporter!

  5. Back To Top    #5

    Join Date
    Dec 2014
    Location
    Santa Ana, CA
    Posts
    523

    Re: Crazy Chems

    Quote Originally Posted by HammerGeek View Post
    Any special brand? Or just buy Clorox?
    And when you say, "liquid chlorine exclusively" that includes discontinuing sticks/tabs and burnout75?
    Any plain unscented not splashless bleach will do. Common concentrations are 8.25% and less often 10%. Pool Stores sell sometimes Liquid Chlorine at 12.5% in 1 gal jugs. Just make sure you don't buy anything else there for now.

    Yes, bleach only. It doesn't add anything besides FC to the water. All solid forms of chlorine add either CYA or CH and you really don't want any extras until you can measure your actual levels.
    44k plaster pool, Pentair 011018 pump, DE6020 filter, LED lights, K2006 test kit

  6. Back To Top    #6
    Mod Squad kimkats's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Tallahassee, FL
    Posts
    26,698

    Re: Crazy Chems

    I have a set of links I set up for new pool owners. It is a lot of info so take it slow and easy. Once you start using it it will start to make sense:

    Print these out:
    Pool School - Basic Pool Care Schedule

    Pool School - Recommended Levels

    Bookmark these:
    Pool School - Recommended Pool Chemicals

    http://www.troublefreepool.com/calc.html

    Pool School - ABCs of Pool Water Chemistry

    Make sure to ask any and all questions you might have no matter how small! We have all been where you are at one point.

    TFP Moderator 33x52 round AG 25,600 gals Sand Filter 1.5hp Pump - 2 Speed, SLAM, Pool School, Recommended Levels, Recommended Chemicals, Pool Math, Chlorine/CYA Chart, TF-100 Test Kit

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •