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Thread: Should I be testing for metals

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    Should I be testing for metals

    Hey guys, about to open my pool shortly here in Northern Virginia. I was curious if i should be testing for metals in the water after opening and balancing the chemicals, as far as i know i didn't have any issues with metals last summer (first year of pool). Also, any need to add any algecide or other chemicals to the water during opening. Last year all i used was CYA, bleach, baking soda, and sometimes borax. Thanks, and i look forward to being an active member on the forum this year again!
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    Re: Should i be testing for metals

    If you have no reason to suspect metal, then no reason to test.

    There is never a need for algaecide. What you need to add to open depends on your test results and how the water looks.
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    Re: Should i be testing for metals

    You can always dust-off the old cobwebs by reviewing this page: Pool School - Opening Your Winterized Above Ground Pool.
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    Re: Should i be testing for metals

    Unless you're on a well or your municipal water supply has old rusty pipes, you probably don't have a metal problem.

    If your pool looks clear and suddenly turns clear green when you add bleach, you have metals. Otherwise, don't sweat it. You likely would have seen colored blotches on the pool surface and green-haired kids last year if you have metals.
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