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    What is THIS?? (pictures)

    Opened my cartridge filter today to clean it, as my pressure was up 8lbs. This is what I found:



    This is the runoff when I began to spray it:




    It's the consistency of wet paint. What is it?? Pool is clear...
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    Re: What is THIS?? (pictures)

    What all have you put in the pool lately?
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    Re: What is THIS?? (pictures)

    Baking soda and washing soda. Quite a bit, trying to solve a pH and TA problem. Also have copper 3ppm. Is it copper? Did I get somehow lucky and have my copper filtered out?
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    Please define what you added as "washing soda" for us. Borax?
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    Arm and Hammer Washing Soda. Sodium Carbonate.
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    Re: What is THIS?? (pictures)

    The turquoise tint certainly hints at a copper compound.
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    Re: What is THIS?? (pictures)

    Looks like a copper bound substance to me too.

    Did you also add DE to the filter?

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    Re: What is THIS?? (pictures)

    No sir, I haven't done anything to the filter. I assume with this much ... blue stuff, that would equal a whole bunch of copper, right? My heater is likely shot then?

    Any idea how the filter caught it? I thought copper in pool water eluded filtration.
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    Re: What is THIS?? (pictures)

    Took filter apart again, no additional blue stuff. Same question though -- with that much blue stuff, if it was copper, does that pretty much mean my heater is shot?
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    did you have any service done to your pool? i remember a post here regarding pool service when someone added some coloring to make the water look blue
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    Re: What is THIS?? (pictures)

    I think the Clarifier in my cabinet is tinted blue, have you used any clarifier?
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    Re: What is THIS?? (pictures)

    No clarifier, no service other than my own, so I know everything that's gone in there. It pretty much has to be copper from my heating element, I'm afraid.

    Any other thoughts?
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    Re: What is THIS?? (pictures)

    If the heater isn't leaking, it isn't shot.

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    Re: What is THIS?? (pictures)

    Quote Originally Posted by PoolGuyNJ
    If the heater isn't leaking, it isn't shot.
    Pardon my newbie ignorance... where would it be leaking from? Just all around the base or something?
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