I've been reading through the forums here to get an understanding on things and I feel a little lost in how to battle my hard water issues. We live in South Central Texas where the temps usually rest at 100+ degrees daily here and the upper 70s-80s at night.
The water is extremely hard here and I know it causes Calcium buildup on the SWG, but according to what I read it is supposed to go at least a few weeks before I have to get out the vinegar and get to cleaning again. My results have been anything but and I've been having to clean the SWG cell at least every few days which is very time consuming and frustrating to say the least.
Last week I spent several days putting in Muratic Acid trying to get the PH and Acid levels under control on the advice from a friend who has a pool. He told me I needed to get the acidity under control before I could tackle the PH as it would be a waste of time. I also know that the PH is being controlled by the hard water too..
Without being able to keep the SWG working consistently, my chlorine levels fall and remain near non-existent because of the calcium build ups..
I took my reading tonight after shocking my pool on Friday night with 2 lbs of Dichlor, but as expected things are starting to fall apart again..
Does anyone out there have any advise on how I could get the hard water / calcium under grips? Is it true that I need to do this *first* before I can get the rest working properly?? I feel like for every 2 steps I take, I look 4 steps 24-48 hrs later.. The pool is staying very clear and clean, but the chemical tests show that there is a hidden problem..
Copper - 0.1
PH - 8.4 (could be higher that is the top of the scale on the tests)
TA - 210
FC - 0-1
CYA - 30-50
Gallons - 6000 (per pool calculator - 16' round x 48")
Salt added initially - 120 lbs (3 bags x 40lb each)
Acid Demand - 3
Water source (Tap water) readings:
PH - 7.2
FC - 2.0 - 3.0
TA - 250
Help!!!!!! Any suggestions are truly welcomed as I'm really at my wits end right now trying to get this right.. I know if I can get this under control, it will be better down the road..