how is my pool?

fadouaj

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Sep 7, 2007
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we just got a new gunite pool 20 x 40 free form i have a salt chlorine generator and my test result is this
free chlorine :4.0
total chlorine:4.0
combined chlorine:0
ph:8.2
hardness:230
alkalalinity:110
cynanuric acid:30
the pool water is very clear, they told me that my free chlorine is high and my ph is high too, i keep on adding muriatic acid but i don't know what to do for the free chlorine,and how long should i keep out of the pool after putting a quart of muriatic acid in?
thank you
ps: i live in northen nj and the pool is in a sunny side,the water temp is usually above 80
 

Poseidon

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May 24, 2007
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Houston, Texas, USA
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fadouaj said:
we just got a new gunite pool 20 x 40 free form i have a salt chlorine generator and my test result is this
free chlorine :4.0
total chlorine:4.0
combined chlorine:0
ph:8.2
hardness:230
alkalalinity:110
cynanuric acid:30
the pool water is very clear, they told me that my free chlorine is high and my ph is high too, i keep on adding muriatic acid but i don't know what to do for the free chlorine,and how long should i keep out of the pool after putting a quart of muriatic acid in?
thank you
ps: i live in northen nj and the pool is in a sunny side,the water temp is usually above 80
Your pH is indeed high. As the pool cures, the pH is going to rise. I could take several weeks, even months for it to cure, so until then you will be adding acid frequently. As far as the FC, I'm not sure, but I don't think it's too high. Hopefully some SWG users will be along to shed more light on that.
 

saraiks

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Jul 23, 2007
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Fremont, CA
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FC/TC of 4.0 is not very high. However if want ot bring it down a bit reduce the output of your SWCG. For pH continue adding Muriatic Acid to lower it. It is fairly common for the pH to go up in a new build as the surface cures.
 

JasonLion

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Muriatic acid mixes into the water fairly quickly. I would give it half an hour to an hour with the pump running to mix in before swimming.
 

flintstone

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Jul 17, 2007
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Rockville, CA
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My aqualogic/goldline manual shows the ideal range for a swcg pool is 1.0 to 3.0 ppm free chlorine. I have my chlorine generator currently set at 15% and just obtained a reading of 2.6ppm free chlorine with 0 combined chlorine. I had an FC reading of 4.0 at a 25% setting. Check your current setting and drop it down a bit at a time until you reach a level that is appropriate for your pool usage and meets the manufacturer's specifications.
 
#7
G'day,

I think your Chlorine is too high and should be brought down to 3 PPM.

If the high Chlorine was caused by shocking the water, it will
eventually lower by itself. Otherwise it could be a problem with
the automatic chlorinator being turned up too high or you have
the chlorinator running for too long...(your salt levels may be high too?)

Total Alkalinity is higher than perfect and should be decreased to 100 PPM.

I Recommended:
Make sure the automatic chlorinator is working properly.
Check the Chlorine level and the dial to make sure too much Chlorine isn't coming out.

* Add Muriatic Acid: 2.4 Gallons (Rough Calculations on 18,500 gallons)

Test again in 24 hours.

Hope this helps,

Take Care,

Michael Silvester
 

JasonLion

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PH is by far the most pressing issue. You should try to keep the PH between 7.2 and 7.8. Since the pool has fresh plaster this is going to take large amounts of muriatic acid added every day or even twice a day for the first couple of weeks. After three or four weels the amount of acid you need to add will go down dramatically and after about a year you won't need to add any more acid because of the plaster (though you might still have CO2 outgassing and need to add acid because of that).

One of the challenges is that PH higher than 8.2 can often read as 8.2 on the common PH test do there is no way of knowing exactly how much acid you will need. I calculate anywhere from two quarts to two gallons depending on how high the PH really is. I suggest adding two quarts to start and then test the water and add one quart every half hour until your PH gets down to 7.2. Once you have done this a few times you will start to get an idea of how much acid is needed. Keep in mind that the required amount of acid will change as your TA changes, but that should happen slowly.

Allowing the PH to get really high can result in scaling which can be a great deal of trouble to remove. So it is very important to keep an eye on it.

TA will come down with the acid addition but go up as the plaster cures. It is fine for now, but eventually you will probably need to lower TA.

Almost all SWG suggest CYA levels between 60 and 80. You can check your manual to see what they suggest. Higher CYA levels will lower the amount of time the SWG needs to run and extend the cell life. Remember that CYA can take up to a week to disolve, so wait a week before retesting after adding some. Also, CYA is very difficult to lower, so add less than you think you need, wait a week, and adjust from there.

It would be good to get a good estimate of the pool volume. Free form pools are difficult to estimate. Did your builder give you a design volume? If not, try estimating the average actual width, length, and depth to use for calculating volume.

Also, fresh plaster should be brushed several times a day.

Good Luck