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    I always have to add CaCl - any ideas?

    I tested my CH level last weekend (among other levels) and it was ~130 so I added some CaCl and re-tested yday and it was ~170. So I added more CaCl to get the level between 200 and 300. I will re-test in a few days to see where CH is. But ever since we began using the pool in July 2012 I find myself always having to add CaCl, which as I understand it is not normal. I would think after awhile the CH level would stabilize and I wouldn't need to continually add CaCl.

    Are there any ideas as to why I can't maintain CH above 200 consistently? It's a "standard" plaster pool, per my signature.
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    Re: I always have to add CaCl - any ideas?

    What is the CH of your fill water?
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    Re: I always have to add CaCl - any ideas?

    Good question, I will check that tonight. Is it possible this is going to be the norm for me depending on the CH of my local water?
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    Re: I always have to add CaCl - any ideas?

    Yeah, it's pretty straightforward...if your fill is low, your pool will stay low unless you add more.
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    Re: I always have to add CaCl - any ideas?

    OK, thought as much. I don't know why I didn't think to test the fill water's CH level. Thanks for the suggestion. I can also see why this would be more pronounced in the summer as I have more evaporation.
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    Re: I always have to add CaCl - any ideas?

    Perhaps you have a leak and the fill water is low in CH. The CH would not drop unless there was water replacement with lower CH water.
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    Re: I always have to add CaCl - any ideas?

    I wouldn't think I have a leak since the pool is just over a year old but it's not impossible. Being in Houston with our 100 degree days we can get quite a bit of evaporation (esp since I have no shade except for the house).

    Besides paying someone to perform a leak test, how can I determine if I have a leak? I assume I can turn off the fill water line for a day or two (we have an auto filler), estimate water loss and see if it's consistent with normal loss from evaporation? Our water bills are not outrageous or anything so there are no red flags from that.
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    Re: I always have to add CaCl - any ideas?

    See Leak Detection in the Pool School.
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    Re: I always have to add CaCl - any ideas?

    thanks. I will test the CH of the fill water and report back.
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    Re: I always have to add CaCl - any ideas?

    I never updated this. I tested my tap water and its CH is ~80, which would explain why I need to add CaCl to my pool more often. That's just the way it is.
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    Re: I always have to add CaCl - any ideas?

    The bucket test would be a good idea.

    How are you testing? Pool store tests are notoriously unreliable...we strongly recommend doing your testing yourself with a good drop-based kit.

    Unless you have a leak or a gigantic amount of splash-out, CH will never go down, only up. It stays in the pool when the water evaporates.
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    Re: I always have to add CaCl - any ideas?

    Calcium stays with the water, doesn't evaporate. My guess is you have a leak especially since you have an auto fill. Turn off the filler and do a bucket test, that will confirm if you're losing water to a leak and not just evaporation. Might want to do it ASAP to get any repairs covered under warranty.
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