Levels During Curing (3 weeks) of New Pebbletec Pool

aequitas_veritas

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Jan 24, 2020
4
Houston, TX
Our first water test yielded a CH of 110, FAC of 5, and TAC of 5. These seem out of range, but both the pool company that installed and the folks at Leslie said this is fine as the pool cures. Should we be making any adjustments for the time being? If not, when? Pool is Crystal clear right now.
 

YippeeSkippy

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LifeTime Supporter
Jan 17, 2012
11,990
Evans, Georgia
Howdy! Welcome to TFP :wave:

Right now, while you're just learning how to manage your pool, its actually most important to follow the start up guide Pebbletec should have provided you.
Have you registered your Pebbletec finish yet? Product Registration - Pebble Tec

I can't say if FC at 5ppm is out of line unless I also know what your CYA level is. Are you using a *good* test kit that can give you these results:
FC
CC
pH
TA
CH
CYA

If not you need to obtain one. We endorse either the TF-100 or the K-2006C. The TF-100 is available at www.tftestkits.net The K-2006C is available also online but you want to make sure you're actually getting the C version as its got the larger reagent bottles.

Please read these fast articles:

Let us know what questions you have and we'll try to answer them, ok?

Maddie :flower:
 

YippeeSkippy

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LifeTime Supporter
Jan 17, 2012
11,990
Evans, Georgia
I'm truly suspicious of those results, but until you can test yourself with the TF-100 you'll be okay. The test kit should arrive early next week, I imagine. Its usually pretty quick.
How are you chlorinating at this point? How quickly has your pH been rising (esp. if your TA is really 120)? Are you having to add muriatic acid often?

Maddie :flower:
 

aequitas_veritas

New member
Jan 24, 2020
4
Houston, TX
Chlorination for now is through the in-line chlorinator with tablets. I've not added any acid, and have only tested once (at Leslie) since it's only been filled since the 8th, and the pool company had been monitoring it since it until a few days ago.
 

wogster

In The Industry
Apr 30, 2018
112
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
A few things to note, the primary reason for a pool store to exist is to sell stuff, especially high markup stuff, chemicals are high markup stuff. This is the reason they do tests, it really doesn't matter what the real numbers are, as long as the kid behind the counter, can say, you need to buy ...", whatever they have a ship load of in the back.....
 
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aequitas_veritas

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Jan 24, 2020
4
Houston, TX
Coincidentally they told me not to adjust anything for the time being, even though the chlorine levels seem to be high and hardness pretty low (by theirs, TF, and Pebbletec) standards. I've no doubt they're trying to peddle chems the majority of the time.

I'm just really unsure if I need to be messing with hardness levels while the pebbletec cures. It's low according to Pebbletec's recommended levels, but both the installation company and pool store said not to screw with it for now.