CYA level issues

Voldaddy

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Mar 31, 2007
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I had a new liner put in and refilled my pool. I have added 8 lbs of CYA, 4 lbs at a time, and I STILL don't get a reading from my test kit. I put the first 4 lbs in 2 weeks ago, and the last 4 lbs in last week. I have added it through the skimmer both times. When I fill the tube up to the 20PPM line, it is cloudy, but I can still easily see the black dot at the bottom.

Per the bleach calc, it says I needed to add 6 lbs & 11 oz to get to 40 PPM.

My pool is an 18 x 36 IG.

I'm thinking about adding another 4 lb jug today, but I don't want it to suddenly shoot up to 60.

Ideas/suggestions?


TIA.
 

JasonLion

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Did you backwash/clean the filter at any point in the last two weeks? When you add CYA to the skimmer it sits in the filter for several days as it slowly dissolves. If you backwash/clean the filter too soon the CYA can be mostly lost.

There is also at least a small chance that the test is not working or you are doing it wrong. There were also scattered reports last year of some CYA/stabilizer products that did not in fact contain CYA.
 

Voldaddy

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I have not backwashed since adding the CYA. I'm testing the exact same way I have for the last 5 years. That's why I'm confused. I have added more CYA than required, but not getting anywhere near the readings I should.

I bought the CYA from my pool guy. I think I'll run to Leslie's and pick some up there, a different brand, and see if that helps. How funny would it be that the CYA they are selling doesn't actually contain CYA?
 

Natchraly

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May 19, 2008
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I am having this same issue! I have put in a total of 1 1/4 pounds and notta. I can fill the whole tube up and it is crystal clear , I can see the dot with absolutely no problems! I think my level is at zero. Tomorrow would be one week since I added it. I haven't cleaned my filter. I know it takes awhile to disolve but I am assuming I would have seen some change by now?? Maybe my product is no good?

I bought my CYA at kmart, maybe that is my problem. LOL I wonder if they will take the left overs back??

I will have to go find a pool store I suppose.
 

duraleigh

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A year or two ago, there seemed to be several reports of innefective (non-existant) CYA. It would be hard to imagine a set of circumstances under which that could occur.

Generally, My CYA registers completely within 3-4 days. I put it directly in the skimmer. I have no advice other than to say if it hasn't shown up in a week, I'd ask for a refund.....it's not cheap.
 

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JasonLion

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One check you can do to confirm there is CYA and your test kit is working is to put a CYA crystal is a little bit of water, let it sit for 24 hours, and then test it for CYA. You should show a very high level of CYA. If the test is still clear then either that wasn't CYA or your CYA reagent has gone completely bad. CYA reagent going bad is very unusual so it is probably the CYA not containing CYA but the test doesn't prove that.
 

njwaves

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May 23, 2007
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Central Jersey
I am also reading zero CYA both at the local pool store and using my Taylor K-2006 test kit.

I've added about 3 - 4 lbs so far, first dissolving in a sock in the skimmer, now using a nylon stocking hanging over the side of the pool so the return is flowing through it, which is dissolving the CYA a lot faster.

My IG vinyl pool is about 25,000 gal. so I probably just need to add more - pool calculator seems to indicate I need about 2lbs (33 oz actually) to raise a 25,000 gallon pool 10ppm.

A few related questions:

1. My pool gets full sun, so is 60ppm the right target using the BBB method?

2. Since I'm dissolving the CYA in a stocking, can I backwash as needed or do I still need to wait? I have a sand filter.

3. Is a sock or stocking full of CYA sitting in a skimmer basket or handing off the edge of the pool when the filter is not running an issue for the skimmer are, plumbing or liner? Right now running 24/7 just in case.
 

shadylady23

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Jul 18, 2007
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Western Mass
I'm still waiting for my TF kit, but my strips are saying I don't have any CYA either. I added 3 lbs a week ago and I'm not adding more until I get my new test kit. I really hope I didn't get ripped off with my CYA! I bought mine at walmart, hung it over the return in a nylon stocking tied to a noodle. So it should be in there.
 

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