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Thread: Iron and scaling stain Weekly Maintenance recommendations wanted. Please Chime in.

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    Question Iron and scaling stain Weekly Maintenance recommendations wanted. Please Chime in.

    I have a 34,000 commercial pool that services 13 units. Our towns water is full of rust and won't get corrected for years. Per stain tests and a major stain treatment, we, including Jack's Magic technicians (via phone consultation) that iron staining is going to be an ongoing problem.

    I want to embark on a stain treatment maintenance program. Based on my research and mfg. recommendation is to use about 30 ounces of Jacks Pink stuff weekly and to use their test kit to adjust plus or minus. By my estimation, close to $1K per year (+/-).

    Before I go spend this kind of money. Does anyone have idea's on a much lower cost way to achieve not getting these stains back.

    Thanks for your advise.

    -Kevin

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    Re: Iron and scaling stain Weekly Maintenance recommendations wanted. Please Chime i

    There is only one significant other option, but it has a fairly high cost as well. You could use a green sand filter to remove the iron while filling the pool. However a green sand filter is expensive and will tend to slow the fill rate significantly.

    There is also a chance that you can get the iron to precipitate and clump together so it can be filtered out. However that process is kind of hit or miss and can also lead to iron staining.
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    Re: Iron and scaling stain Weekly Maintenance recommendations wanted. Please Chime i

    Thanks JasonLion

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    Re: Iron and scaling stain Weekly Maintenance recommendations wanted. Please Chime i

    Anyone have experience with any other lower cost maintenance additives such HTH metal control, ProTeam's Metal Magic or others? Preferable something supplied in much larger containers. Probably going to use Jack's in 5 Gallon containers, but I need to do some due diligence. Thanks

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    Re: Iron and scaling stain Weekly Maintenance recommendations wanted. Please Chime i

    Metal Magic is a good product that some here have been using for years. HTH Metal Control is also in the same family and well reviewed.
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    Re: Iron and scaling stain Weekly Maintenance recommendations wanted. Please Chime i

    I've used HTH Metal Control with good results. How much is Jack's going to cost you for 5 gals? It costs me $12.50 /qt for HTH and almost twice that for Jacks Pink.
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