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    Help! Possible Scaling after 2 days?

    I just filled a brand new pool 2 days ago and am in the process of getting chemicals. Today I noticed what looks like scaling on the steps and wall under the pool light. My Ph is off the charts, so I need to get acid in the pool ASAP.

    Does this sound like scaling after only 2 days? If so, how can I remedy the problem?

    PS: I have a white plaster finish.
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    Re: Help! Possible Scaling after 2 days?

    Can you give us a full set of test results?
    FC
    CC
    pH
    TA
    CH
    CYA

    That would help us try to figure this out with you. Thanks!
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    Re: Help! Possible Scaling after 2 days?

    Quote Originally Posted by YippeeSkippy View Post
    Can you give us a full set of test results?
    FC 0
    CC 0
    pH 8.4
    TA 250
    CH 500-1000
    CYA 40

    That would help us try to figure this out with you. Thanks!
    Here you go. Thanks!!
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    Re: Help! Possible Scaling after 2 days?

    You are definitely at high risk for scaling. You need to get the pH and TA down as fast as possible. Brush at least twice daily.

    Pool School - Lower Total Alkalinity

    Also, a sequestrant would help.

    What test kit do you have?

    A more accurate calcium hardness would be helpful.

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    Re: Help! Possible Scaling after 2 days?

    Thanks.

    I have gradually poured one gallon of Muriatic Acid into the pool over the last 24 hours. My pH has gone down from 8.4 to 7.7 in that time. I'm continuing to check the pH frequently as the new plaster/dust is sucking up all the acid.

    I purchased a sequestrant today and plan to add once the MA has fully dissipated. I purchased the sequestrant because my municipal water comes from local wells (I have just learned this). Also, I have seen what looks like minor gray and brownish scaling (in my novice judgement).

    Last, I have extremely high Alkalinity (approximately 400+). My understanding is that I can only reduce this number with copious amounts of acid over time.

    I have purchased conditioner (level is around 30 currently) and liquid chlorine. My chlorine level is 0 and I have not added conditioner or chlorine yet as I have been trying to get the pH down and scaling to subside (with acid and sequestrant).

    I would love any feedback of any kind on my current state and strategy to balance the water and prevent scaling
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    Re: Help! Possible Scaling after 2 days?

    You have to be more aggressive with adding acid. First, you need accurate TA readings. Then, you use PoolMath to lower the ph to 7.0. You have to keep the ph as close to 7.0 as possible at all times.

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    Re: Help! Possible Scaling after 2 days?

    I thought that pH of 7.0 is dangerously low. Please explain.

    The alkalinity is around 400 as I had to add 40 drops of reagent to get the test water to change from purple to light yellow.
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    Re: Help! Possible Scaling after 2 days?

    7.0 is fine for your situation.

    Purple to yellow? What test kit do you have?

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    Re: Help! Possible Scaling after 2 days?

    Ok. Try to keep the ph at 7.0 and brush at least twice a day.

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    Re: Help! Possible Scaling after 2 days?

    I've lowered my pH close to 7.0 and have been slowly reducing the alkalinity (around 250 and dropping). Yesterday I added a bottle of sequestrant to help prevent additional scaling. IMy problem is that Im seeing the grey blotching/scaling getting worse every few hours despite the lower pH levels.

    My municipal water is well water and I'm wondering if there is iron or other metals falling out of suspension and staining the plaster. What's happening? Please help!
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    Re: Help! Possible Scaling after 2 days?

    Here is the article on scaling, Pool School - Calcium Scaling

    And some info on metals Pool School - Metals in the Water and Metal Stains

    Can you post pictures?
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    Re: Help! Possible Scaling after 2 days?

    You need to consult with the plastering company.

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    Re: Help! Possible Scaling after 2 days?

    Hi Guys, I'm trying to determine if the stains I have are from metals (iron, calcium, etc) or from an improper plaster job (trowel burn, etc, etc). The stains have shown up almost immediately after filling, but I have also come to find that I have well water (municipal source).

    Here are some pictures of the plaster. This is a white plaster pool, with stains that look kind of like gray marbling IMO. They don't show that well in pictures, but are very noticible in the morning.

    Please let me know your thoughts on the stains, as I am running out of time to take this up with the PB.

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    Re: Help! Possible Scaling after 2 days?

    The link given by PAGIRL will show you how to test the stains to determine the source. Pool School - Stains in Your Pool
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    Re: Help! Possible Scaling after 2 days?

    I am in the process of trying the organic stain test (chlorine tablet) although I'd be surprised to have organic staining in a brand new pool. I will try the vitamin C test also.

    Does anyone know if this type of staining or mottling is "normal" in new plaster finishes? The pool is 1 week old.
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    Re: Help! Possible Scaling after 2 days?

    So I just tried the organic stain test with a chlorine tablet. I left it in one place for a while and even scrubbed the stain with it. No luck.
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    Re: Help! Possible Scaling after 2 days?

    I agree that organic is unlikely. Iron is possible, especially if the stains showed up after raising the FC level. The Vit C test will show that.

    It is also possible that it is scale, was a sequestrant added while filling? Like Startup-Tec? Or Jack's Magic?

    Yes, mottling is possible. More here about new plaster problems.
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    Re: Help! Possible Scaling after 2 days?

    Sequestrant wasn't added during filling by the PB. I added Sequa-Sol myself after 2 days when noticing the blotches on the pool surface. Hard for me to know if it helped. It may have prevented new stains (not sure) but didn't act on the existing stains at all.

    Honestly, I've been afraid to bring up the chlorine levels until this problem is solved but I suppose I will have to since my new water honeymoon won't last forever. I have been very diligent though in keeping pH in the mid 7's despite the plaster dust trying to drive up the numbers.

    I'll go get some Vitamin C today and try that. I also told the PB about the stains today. They are going to "look into it".
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    Re: Help! Possible Scaling after 2 days?

    Take some water to a pool store and ask them to test for metals. Its about the only time we suggest pool store testing (unless you want to buy those test kits yourself) and it will answer some questions about your fill water.

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