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    New pool owner / BBB / PH issues & bleach

    Hi, First time pool owner and first post here. Have been reading this forum, great information! I think just getting there with all chemicals and balancing etc.

    Now, last week drained the pool due to very high CYA (160, using dilution method). CYA is now in 20s, looking to go up slowly, using the di-chlor i had on hand until CYA is in the range and then completely move to liquid chlorine. I am also taking the help of local pool guy, who obviously prefers Tablets. However, I would like to stay with BBB for now.

    One of the questions came up is, about pH of 12.5% liquid chlorine being 12 - 13. Over the last couple months, we had to regularly add Acid due to high pH in the pool. Are there liquid chlorine without so high pH? If not, how do you see this addressed?

    Thanks,
    -Prad
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    Re: New pool owner / BBB / PH issues & bleach

    Though the liquid itself has a high pH, the effect of using it is essentially pH neutral on the water. When you switch from tablets to bleach you may see rising pH, but that's because tablets lower pH so the pH tends to increase when you quit using the tablets.

    Often lowering the TA is the best answer to stabilizing pH.
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    Re: New pool owner / BBB / PH issues & bleach

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnT
    Though the liquid itself has a high pH, the effect of using it is essentially pH neutral on the water. When you switch from tablets to bleach you may see rising pH, but that's because tablets lower pH so the pH tends to increase when you quit using the tablets.

    Often lowering the TA is the best answer to stabilizing pH.
    Appreciate the quick response. For the TA, with about 10 lbs Baking Soda added over last couple days since refill, TA is reading 90. Others are as follows earler this evening 5/6.
    FC - 4 ( FC was 10 on 5/4) ; CC - 0.5; CH - 140; CYA - 35; PH - 7.3.

    What should I target for TA, CYA, FC and others? My pool is in N/W corner and I get sunlight for about 7-8 Hrs. I am using TF 100 kit for testing.

    And, if I need to raise CYA some more, can I use di-chlor that I already have?
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    Re: New pool owner / BBB / PH issues & bleach

    Yes you can use the Dichlor. See Recommended Levels in Pool School, or plug in your specs into the Pool Calculator and it will tell you where your range is. Your CH is too low for a plaster pool.
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    Re: New pool owner / BBB / PH issues & bleach

    Thanks...
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