Freakishly high CH and high TA !

DMS2014

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OMG. I got a 625 reading on my CH and 110 on my TA! I have NEVER EVER gotten 625 on my CH. My chems have been successfully balanced all summer long. The TA, I think I got that number once or twice in 5 years. I even had my husband retest them! Got the same results!

What the heck? I bought new chemicals when TFP had the sale. I got them earlier this month. I date all my chems.

My husband just tested them both and got the exact same result. Please, any thoughts? My results last week were NOT this. They were Normal. Acid was high but....
 

mknauss

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You are correct! OK -- The TA can be high due to static on the bottle of new reagent. See the Extended Test Directions in Pool School.

Does your CH test go to purple and eventually blue?
 

mknauss

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"The sample may turn purple during the test, or go to blue for a moment and then turn back to red/pink. This is called a “fading endpoint” and is caused by interference from metal ions. If this happens, do the test again, but this time add five drops of R-0012 before adding any R-0010 or R-0011L. Remember to count the initial five drops in the total.
In extreme cases, a fading endpoint may occur even when adding five drops of R-0012 at the start. If that happens, mix pool water with an equal quantity of distilled water, test that, and then multiply the result by two."

A CH of 625 is not that big of a deal. Especially for you as you get rain and you can lower it over time.

I manage my pool water until CH reaches 800+ ppm.
 

DMS2014

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You are correct! OK -- The TA can be high due to static on the bottle of new reagent. See the Extended Test Directions in Pool School.

Does your CH test go to purple and eventually blue?
It stays pink and then a little purple and then blue on the 25th drop. I watched my husband do it and it did the exact same thing. And I don’t know what “static on the bottle of new reagent means”
 

mknauss

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For TA testing - new reagent:
"Sometimes a static electric charge can build up on the R-0009 dropper bottle tip, causing the drops to be smaller than usual and making the test read higher than actual. You can prevent this by wipping the tip of the dropper bottle with a damp cloth or tissue before you start and after each drop."
 

DMS2014

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"The sample may turn purple during the test, or go to blue for a moment and then turn back to red/pink. This is called a “fading endpoint” and is caused by interference from metal ions. If this happens, do the test again, but this time add five drops of R-0012 before adding any R-0010 or R-0011L. Remember to count the initial five drops in the total.
In extreme cases, a fading endpoint may occur even when adding five drops of R-0012 at the start. If that happens, mix pool water with an equal quantity of distilled water, test that, and then multiply the result by two."

A CH of 625 is not that big of a deal. Especially for you as you get rain and you can lower it over time.

I manage my pool water until CH reaches 800+ ppm.
Ok. Just followed your suggestion and got the exact.same.result of 25.....
 

DMS2014

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Our power was out all day Thursday and we didn’t Discover the pump didnt’t come back on until Saturday afternoon. Could that have anything to do with it?
 

mknauss

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That would have no effect on Calcium Hardness. I suspect you have been adding water due to evaporation and your fill water has some CH in it.
 

DMS2014

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That would have no effect on Calcium Hardness. I suspect you have been adding water due to evaporation and your fill water has some CH in it.
Actually no. We haven’t added any water. We were going to but it’s supposed to rain this week...i mean, I just don’t understand it. Could the chems be bad???