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    PH constantly rising....

    Re: How to keep PH from constantly rising.... I finally gave up on chasing PH. Mine seems to always settle at 7.8 when using bleach as the sole chlorinating method. If I use pucks while on vacation, the PH drops to about 7.5. If everything else in in check, CSI is near zero and I haven't had...
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    How often to backwash filter & other maintenance questions

    That does make sense. Thanks for the explanation! :wave:
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    How often to backwash filter & other maintenance questions

    Can you explain how backwashing the filter when the pressure has only risen 1-2 psi will remove almost all of the DE vs only 80% of the DE when backwashing with an 8-10 psi increase?
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    How often to backwash filter & other maintenance questions

    Thanks for the advice guys. It sort of went against my natural logic to backwash if the PSI hasn't gone up. I'm sure in the spring/fall the pressure will build much quicker due to all of the leaves and gunk that are going to accumulate in the pool. Our filter is 60 sq ft. For a 20,000...
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    How often to backwash filter & other maintenance questions

    I was just curious if most people go by the pressure gauge or by time. The PB said to backwash every month or if the pressure rises 10psi. Well, after 2 months the pressure hasn't risen 1psi. I've backwashed twice anyway, but just wondering if that is truly necessary. Also, what about...
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    How often do you add bleach/chlorine to your pool?

    Just returned from our 3 days away from home. I decided to give it a try and bumped the FC up to 11.5 early Fri morning before we left (CYA 60). I've been averaging around a 2.5-3.0 FC loss per day. We just returned home (Sun evening) and the FC was 2.5 (a little low, but not bad) and CC was...
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    How to keep PH from constantly rising....

    Thanks chemgeek! That actually makes a lot of sense. Once I get the TA down to 60, I'll see how difficult it is to hold the PH in the 7.5-7.8 range. I can definitely avoid running the waterfall, but the spa spillway is part of the filtration pump return. If I close the valve to the spa spillway...
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    How to keep PH from constantly rising....

    So I'm pretty much at the low end of the range for TA if I'm at 70 today. I'll let it fall to 60 and see if that makes any difference. I might should just go stock up on MA and get used to it for a while. On a slightly different note, I see you're in Flower Mound not too far from me. Who in...
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    How to keep PH from constantly rising....

    Very much so! Thanks to all of the great advice and knowledge I have learned here at TFP. :cheers: BBB has made pool chemistry super easy!
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    How to keep PH from constantly rising....

    Thanks for the advice guys. :wave: I guess I was backwards in my previous thinking. I assumed TA should be higher (not lower) since alkalinity makes the PH more stable. I wasn't thinking that the PH would just be more stable at a high level and not as easy to move. I'll let my TA fall a...
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    How to keep PH from constantly rising....

    Or is that even possible? I've only been BBB for about 2 weeks now, but I'm having to add muratic acid every other day to keep PH in check. It creeps up about 0.2 per day. When it get's up to 7.8, I'll add acid to bring it back down to the 7.3ish range. My TA is 80-90. Of course, I'm having...
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    Is this calcium scaling?

    Thanks for the info. I'll get after it in the next few weeks. :goodjob:
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    Is this calcium scaling?

    I assume I would do the 1:10 ratio mix in a spray bottle, right? Spray it on there. Brush. Wash. If I leave it alone and do nothing, should it get worse? Or would it ever go away on it's own?
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    Is this calcium scaling?

    Makes sense since both areas are on mortar. By "very dilute acid mixture", what exactly would that be? I assume some combination of muratic acid and water, but what ratio? Thanks! :goodjob:
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    Is this calcium scaling?

    I wasn't sure which forum to post this in, so mods please move the thread if there is a better place for it. Anyway....our pool was built this year & filled in late April. If my memory serves me correctly, I noticed these two white areas back in May. They haven't grown or shrunk over the past...