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    What makes CH climb?

    What makes the CH climb in a BBB pool and will it ever stop?
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    Re: What makes CH climb?

    CH will rise if you add products with calcium such as cal-hypo.
    CH rise through normal evaporation and water replacement if your fill water has high calcium.
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    Re: What makes CH climb?

    Guess I should have added more information. I have a SWG, so my chlorine comes from that. I do not have a lot of calcium in my supply water, maybe about 150 ppm or so. My pool is new though and is a pebble finish. Could this be it?
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    Re: What makes CH climb?

    Yes, the curing of plaster will add calcium hydroxide to the pool which will not only increase pH, but CH as well.
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    Re: What makes CH climb?

    Any idea about how long this curing process can take?
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    Re: What makes CH climb?

    The first weeks to month are the fastest, but it keeps curing at a possibly noticeable rate for 6 months to a year. After that, it's usually not that noticeable though it still technically cures very slowly.
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    Re: What makes CH climb?

    CH of 150 in your fill water is significant. No calcium is ever lost through evaporation. Then, when you top off the water level, you are adding new CH. Unless you never add water to the pool, the CH level will continue going up every time you add water.
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    Re: What makes CH climb?

    Not what I wanted to hear . So at some point, maybe CH 600 ppm, I am going to have to start diluting the water by drain and fill? Is this normal maintenance to have to reduce CH every once in a while?
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    Re: What makes CH climb?

    Once the curing slows down, with fill water CH of 150, it would take 3 full pool volume evaporations for your CH to rise that much...your talking maybe 4-5 years and even CH of 600 is manageable, as long as you keep your PH below 7.8 at all times.
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