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    Checking levels while pool is closed

    My pool was closed about a month ago. Today I decided to measure the chemicals using a Lamotte strip (didn't want to do the full TF-100 tests). I found that my pH was at least nine, and my Total Hardness was 800+. Other measurements looked good. While I've read posts about the chemical balance at time of closing, are there any guidelines on the chemical balance while the pool is actually closed? Do I need to make any adjustments?
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    Re: Checking levels while pool is closed

    Do you have readings when you closed it?

    Your Ph. is leaning towards causing staining if there are any metals in your water. I would bring it down to high 7's
    Ch is through the roof, but you might have hard fill water.

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    Re: Checking levels while pool is closed

    Since your pool has been closed were you able to run the pump prior to testing ? 😎
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    Re: Checking levels while pool is closed

    As Jeff eluded to, you need to have the water circulated prior to testing. Also, we do not trust test strips when the pool is open, so why would we trust them when it is closed?
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    Re: Checking levels while pool is closed

    The combination of high pH and way high CH doesn't sound good. I would first question the strips and test ALL your parameters with the TF-100 to make sure you need to deal with the issue.
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    Re: Checking levels while pool is closed

    If your pool was shocked before closing your PH may read high.
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    Re: Checking levels while pool is closed

    If you're really concerned, run a full set of tests using the TF100. Then get your water temp. Then put everything in poolmath and see what the CSI is.

    I would bet that if it was balanced before you closed, it's probably balanced now.
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    Re: Checking levels while pool is closed

    Thank you for all your feedback. I'm going to re-run my tests using a proper test kit.

    But my pump is off for the year: Should I just to move the water around a bit with a brush? Or will I not get good results without more water circulation?
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    Checking levels while pool is closed

    Your not going to get accurate results without water circulation. You should always test your water after the pump has been running for at least 30 -40 mins. It's all about accurate testing.
    If you want to try the moving some water with the brush it's up to you but I wouldn't trust the results. Your water has been sitting for awhile.
    If your water was balanced when you closed I would think its fine.
    Others may disagree but I like to give the best advice I can. Thats how I handle things. I would never test my water without the pump having been run at least 30 mins prior to testing.😎
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