Okay, so I have been following this website for a while and can I say that as a new pool owner, I am very appreciative of all the information that is presented here. I have a question about softening my fill water before it goes into the pool because I am using a well and it comes out at almost 1500 ppm of calcium hardness. I have a way that I can fill it with soft water which will then convert the calcium into sodium (but not sodium chloride) and I am wondering if I convert to a SWCG pool if this is going to affect the sodium chloride levels that I have to keep for the SWCG to work properly.
My fill water comes out at a
pH of 6.8-7
TA of roughly 200
Calcium of 1500
I just recently drained half of my pool because my CYA had reached astronomical numbers from the pucks that everyone told me to use until I found this forum. So, I have done exactly what BBB recommends as far as shocking the pool, adding CYA back in to now a number of 60 and keep my chlorine at roughly 10% of the CYA level after shocking.
I am worried about scaling issues though and now want to drain the whole thing, fill up with soft water and add in with the hose water from the well to add back in calcium as needed (much easier to add, than to get rid of it).
I guess mostly I am wondering if anyone has every experimented with soft water in their pool and if it had any effect on chlorine levels, pH levels (which I am told the water comes out at roughly the same pH that it goes in at), TA levels and any other information that anyone can add would be great.
My pool is a 35,000 gallon plaster pool and am also wondering what SWCG everyone recommends. Thank you in advance.