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    Adding sequestrant

    At what point do you need to add sequestrant, say for iron? Do you wait for the stains to appear or is this a preventative measure? I ask because when I do my ch test my test solution turns purple not blue. I read that when the sample turns purple it is a sign you have metals...iron in the water.
    I am tempted to take the pool water in to be tested for iron but from reading here the pool store testing is not always accurate.
    Any suggestions and what is the best sequestrant to buy?
    Also, my pool was filled in the fall of 09 with municipal water but I have a well I use for topping off the pool and I know there is iron present in the well water.
    Thanks for any suggestions!
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    Re: Adding sequestrant

    Jack's Magic, Proteam Metal Magic and GLB Sequa Sol are all good brands. HTH Metal Control sold at Walmart is another HEDP based like those, and is good plus less pricey.
    It is a preventative measure.
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    Re: Adding sequestrant

    If you don't have any specific reason to suspect metals in the water, and the pool wasn't just plastered, then there isn't normally any need to use sequestrant at all. You can see purple in the CH test for a couple of reasons, I wouldn't automatically assume that you have iron in the water. I would just skip the sequestrant until you have some additional indications of metals.
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    Re: Adding sequestrant

    Quote Originally Posted by JasonLion
    If you don't have any specific reason to suspect metals in the water, and the pool wasn't just plastered, then there isn't normally any need to use sequestrant at all. You can see purple in the CH test for a couple of reasons, I wouldn't automatically assume that you have iron in the water. I would just skip the sequestrant until you have some additional indications of metals.

    What would indications of iron in the water be other than testing? I'm just wondering since I probably will be adding water to the pool from my well after backwashing and having lots of kids in the pool!

    Thanks for all your help!
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    Re: Adding sequestrant

    Yellow or brown stains that clear up with vitamin C, sparkling clear yellow or green water, and a positive test for iron are all clear signs to use sequestrant.
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