Low Hardness results

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Old 05-26-09, 11:55 AM
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Low Hardness results

New I/G pool installed last fall, opened last week and cleaned/chemicals added this past Saturday. Initial results were low alkalinity & low hardness. Added 15 lbs alk. increaser and 25 lbs hardness increaser (calcium). pool is aprox 24k gallons.
Today results are better, but hardness still low - 100ppm when 200-400ppm is recommended.

Is it absolutely necessary to get the hardness levels balanced, or can this one kind of be ignored? I don't want to damage any equipment, and don't want to spend a ton of $$ on chemicals if not needed. If it is recommended to keep everything balanced I will add more calcium to get the harness readings up.

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Old 05-26-09, 02:23 PM
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It is good for the finish of the pool to keep all chemistry in balance, I suggest balancing Hardness, especially in a gunite pool. Not as crucial in vinyl pool.
 
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Old 05-27-09, 09:37 AM
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Failed to mention I have a vinyl pool. My initial goal is to get the water completely balanced, just didn't know the importance of proper hardness levels.

Obviously more energy efficient to run the pool filter for 6-8 hrs overnight, however, will it be more beneficial for chemical balance to run it sometime during the day?

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Old 05-27-09, 02:29 PM
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Its much better to run pool during daylight hours not at night. This way the chemicals are actively working against the sun which eats chemicals up.
 
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