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    Calcium scale above water line? Removal?

    Hi pros- we have some calcium scale (at least I think that’s what it is) around the stone/grout by our spa waterfall. This is the only place I’ve noticed any scale. If it is calcium scale, do I use 100% Muriatic acid to remove it? A pumice stone doesn’t seem to be doing anything. 1. If I DO...
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    Warm/steam water in Pump basket

    Ok the basket is officially not filling to the top. It is filling to about 2 inches before the top. I’ve had a return in the shallow end thus been bubbling for months but I can’t seem to find where the air is coming in. I tried releasing water from the filter but there’s a steady stream of...
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    Warm/steam water in Pump basket

    Hi experts! I noticed this afternoon, about 3pm, that our waterfall feature from the spa to the pool was not running - which ALWAYS runs when the pump is on. Pump runs from 10am- 6pm. I went back to the equipment and noticed that I couldn’t see the water in the pump basket- it was foggy/steamy...
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    Discolored PebbleTec

    Hi all - I wasn't exactly sure where to post this, but as I am still fairly new to pool ownership...this was my best guess: I know it's hard to see, but is the discoloration on our pebbeTec finish cause for concern? I honestly don't know if it's been there since we moved here (4 mo) or if it's...
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    rising pH and question ab the waterfall feature

    I am thoroughly perplexed. I’ve now added TWO 14oz doses of Muriatic acid (one last night and one this morning, and have let the pump run all day) pH is STILL reading high (7.8) and my TA went from 60 to 70. I didn’t test TA before adding the MA bc it’s been a steady 60 since I started testing...
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    rising pH and question ab the waterfall feature

    How in the world has my pH not come down at all this morning?! I added 14 oz of Muriatic acid (pH was 8) and turned off the waterfall/pump 4 hrs after I added it. Reading this morning is still 8. Do I need to add more?? This stuff is nasty. PH always came down when I added dry acid before...
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    rising pH and question ab the waterfall feature

    You are 100% right that it’s not a valid excuse!! Ive been taking it one thing at a time. Got all the chemicals under control (also thanks to y’all) so now turning my attention to the how’s/why’s of the equipment & mechanics. Pool ownership is daunting and intimidating AF. Thank God for you...
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    rising pH and question ab the waterfall feature

    Bc that’s the way it was when we bought the house haha! 🤷🏻‍♀️
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    rising pH and question ab the waterfall feature

    Also this is a very dumb question but I have a handy aqua link remote and just switched the run time of the pump from 24hrs to 12hrs...do I also have to change the speed? I don’t see that option. Does it so it automatically with a variable speed pump? Thanks for everyone’s patience with me...we...
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    rising pH and question ab the waterfall feature

    I’m not sure what automation system I have 😳 we run the variable speed pump 24/7 (at a low speed) should I switch it to only run for 12 hrs a day? I think that may turn the waterfall off for half the day. What are the pros/cons of running on low 24/7 vs higher for 12hr?
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    rising pH and question ab the waterfall feature

    Hi experts! Our pool has never been clearer and my other pool owning friend complimented how nice it looks/what a big improvement he noticed since I've been following the TFP method, so THANK YA! Now that I've been personally caring for the pool for a month or so, I've noticed by pH likes to...
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    Increasing CH

    Hi all! My CH has been a tad low, about 250, since refilling water and I’m not sure if it’s so low that I need to add chemicals? My pool Math app says it’s within range but not the IDEAL range. So thoughts on adding? Thoughts on what to add? I just used up the last of my cal-hypo granules...
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    steady pH increase

    Good morning! I have been testing my water daily for the last 3 days and my pH is steadily going up. We've had two big rain storms the last two days. TA is a steady 60. Is there a TFP recommended chemical (muriatic or dry acid, etc) to lower it? I don't have any on hand, so will scoop what I...
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    New here! 👋🏻 Couple o’ questions:

    Apologies if I'm getting annoying with all the Qs. I took magiteck's advice and retested - CYA is actually 70, so yay! I have a little more cal-hypo "shock"granules in a bucket. Since it doesn't have stabilizer in it, can I go ahead and use that up so it's not taking up space in our shed? Our...
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    New here! 👋🏻 Couple o’ questions:

    Will it be safe to swim today with a GALLON of bleach in there? Seems like a lot and don't want to burn alive, lol
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    New here! 👋🏻 Couple o’ questions:

    Cool, so I just add the full gallon and should be good to go?
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    New here! 👋🏻 Couple o’ questions:

    ohhhh. ok so I read it wrong. I actually did the diluted test b/c I wasn't sure if it was still above 90 or not. So the actual reading was just above the 40 mark, a little over half the distance from 30 to 40 when the dot totally disappeared, so I called it 38 and multiplied by 2....so do we...
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    New here! 👋🏻 Couple o’ questions:

    All, I am THRILLED to report that our CYA has come down to 76!!!! Couldn't have done it without y'all! THANK YOUUUUU!!! I know we're still a little high but I feel like this is a workable level, especially with how hoT it is in Charlotte and the fact we'll be topping off the pool at least...
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    New here! 👋🏻 Couple o’ questions:

    hi friends! just finished refilling the first drain which was about 20%. How long should I wait to get all the fresh water to mix with the old to get an accurate CYA reading? Also, my alkalinity is pretty low ~40 according to the quick test strip I used. Should I go ahead and add some baking...
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    New here! 👋🏻 Couple o’ questions:

    AHHH, BRILLIANT!! about to go put buckets under all the downspouts!!! 🤣
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    New here! 👋🏻 Couple o’ questions:

    Did my first official test kit reading today. Training wheels coming off fast, considering I didn't even know what Free Available Chlorine was 72 hours ago, ha! You all have been SO HELPFUL and giving me confidence to tackle this very overwhelming endeavor that is pool ownership!!! FC: 14 pH...
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    New here! 👋🏻 Couple o’ questions:

    Ok. Yes I read about the tarp. should I be putting stuff in it to keep the ph and calcium levels in range so we don’t damage the plumbing or equipment while we figure this out?
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    New here! 👋🏻 Couple o’ questions:

    Ok diluted test and got ab 75 reading. So we’re talking 150. Does that mean I need to drain 80%? Thanks for the water resources link, Oly. I’ll check...I do know that whenever we get a lot of rain our yard is very soupy and we have a least two French drains in the backyard... Losing...
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    New here! 👋🏻 Couple o’ questions:

    Hi all! My Taylor kit came today. I did the CYA test and it’s waaay above 100 😫 I’ve attached the pictures of the test. Now what? I can run a hose from the pump spigot to the sewer and start draining but I believe somewhere here warned against that. Wonder if I should call the pool company...
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