Soft water?

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Old 09-13-02, 05:58 PM
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Soft water?

Ok, heres one from someone who doesnt know anything about pools. (husband talked me into it)
How do you lower the hardness of the water in a pool? I have been fighting this one for a looooong time now. Hardness test is off the scale. I know meratic(?) acid lowers the ph. I needed that. But how do you lower the hardness? It is keeping me from balancing my water. I have well water and need a softener for the house. (as well as a couple of dozen filters) No comments, better than chlorinated filtered toilet water! Short of filling my pool from the softener, how can I soften the water? Should I dump salt in it? It is a 30' round pool. I have had nothing but probs with this pool and ready to BLOW IT UP!
PLEASE HELP!!!!
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Old 09-13-02, 06:11 PM
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As I understand it the only way to get the hardness down is to drain some of it off and refill via a water softener. Pouring salt in will do nothing. Pain in the butt, but only way around it. [We're on well also; okay for bathing, washing clothes & dishes, and filling pool, but use bottled for consumption].
 
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Old 09-13-02, 07:01 PM
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Debbie,

What would be the reason to lower the ph in pool water? You'll have less problem with algae, etc. with the harder pool water.
Usually, a softener is used for domestic water use in the house.
Yrs ago my F-I-L bypassed his softener for a pool the same size.

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Old 09-14-02, 05:03 PM
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But that is my problem....ALGAE!!!! I have tried everything to stop it. I was told water hardness was probably my problem.
 
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Old 09-14-02, 09:07 PM
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Debbie,

Ahhh, the real problem - ALGAE.
Algicides and chlorine!

Like I metioned, my experience has shown that algae will bloom easier in neutral or softer water.

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Old 09-15-02, 06:55 AM
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Here's my algaecide recommendation:

http://www.intheswim.com/catalog.cfm...estTimeout=500

Been using this in my in-ground for a couple of years and have "0" algae problem.
 
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