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Soft White Deposits vs Hardened Calcium Deposits: How to Clean Them

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Lime stains, sometimes called scale, occur around the upper edge of the pool and resemble deposits of white or gray crusts. They are often caused by hard water or minerals that seep from nearby mortar glue. 

If left in place, they can lead to permanent stains on the tile, as well as causing the pool to look dirty and unattractive. Removal of calcium deposits from tiles in the pool will require some physical work.

Although efflorescence is not harmful to cement, excessive amounts of it can cause fungal or insect problems. Once the calcium deposits harden, they are virtually impossible to remove without acid solutions.

Sometimes they could be soft white scales and in severe cases, thicker and harder. You’ll have to approach cleaning them with different strategies.

Natural stone and glass tile combo

Unfortunately, you must repeat the process periodically, as the spots often return.

How to Clean the Soft White Scales on Your Tiles

  1. Drain the water from the pool at least 6 to 10 inches so you can easily access areas stained with calcium. This also allows you to clean the loosened calcium off without depositing it in the pool water.
  2. Kneel on the edge of the pool, or enter the pool if you do not mind getting wet. Place a stiff brush bristle tiles on top of the calcium deposits and scrub the tiles of the pool using circular motions to loosen the deposits.
  3. Clean the tile of the pool with a cloth or a paper towel to remove the loosened calcium. Examine the area to see if all the deposit came off, and use a pumice stone to scrub gently with circular motions or no calcium is maintained.
  4. Remove the thickness scale from the tile with a razor blade, taking care to keep a low angle and avoid scratching the surface.
  5. Clean the area again with the cloth. Repeat the process to clean around the perimeter of the pool to remove the remaining calcium deposits.

Tips and warnings

  • You can use a standard pumice stone available at beauty stores or buy one at a pool store that has a longer handle made specifically for pools.
  • Commercial products are also available to remove tile incrustations from the pool.

How to Remove the Heavy Concrete Calcium Deposits

Stronger acids are required for the heavier calcium deposits.

Instructions

  1. Dress appropriately for security purposes. Wear protective clothing, goggles, acid-resistant gloves, and a mask equipped with an acid-grade filter.
  2. Set a portable fan nearby and open the windows to provide adequate air circulation. Fill a spray bottle with acetic acid.
  3. Spray the acetic acid generously on the calcium deposits. Allow the acid to penetrate the cement for the recommended amount of time. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the product label.
  4. Scrub the cement with a hard bristle brush to dissolve the calcium deposits. Continue to apply acetic acid and scrub the cement until all calcium deposits are removed.
  5. Sprinkle baking soda generously over clean cement to neutralize the acid. While the acid neutralizes, fill a plastic bucket with water.6 Clean the affected surfaces promptly to restore the appearance of the cement and prevent future problems. To do this, cement thoroughly rinsed with water, using a coarse sponge. Allow the cement to air dry.

Tips and warnings

  • You can substitute hydrochloric acid for acetic acid. However, never use hydrochloric acid inside or mix it with any chemical.
  • Be very careful when using acetic acid; It is highly corrosive to the skin.

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How to Clean the White Stuff on my Pool Tile

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What is the white stuff on my pool and how does it appear?

The white or grayish deposit, also called calcium deposits, which is sometimes rough can appear on the liner of your swimming pool (on the bottom, the walls, and especially at the level of the waterline).

The formation of these deposits is because of two mineral salts naturally present in the water of your pool: calcium carbonates and magnesium. The more they are present in the water, the more they form lime residues on the walls.

You should know that from one region to another, the concentration of these mineral salts varies. This is a completely natural phenomenon that depends on the geology of the soil and the path of the water. Some pools are therefore more prone to the appearance of deposits than others.

How to measure the hardness of my swimming pool water?

The calcareous nature of water is defined by its hardness. On average, it is considered that the TH of the water in a swimming pool must be between 10 and 25 ° f (French degrees).

The tH corresponds to the hardness of the water, which indicates its concentration in limestone. It is measured in French degree (° F) and is ideal between 10 and 20 ° F. Indeed, the higher the tH, the harder the water is, that is to say, it is limestone. On the other hand, the lower it is, the softer the water.

Note: dedicated accessories allow you to easily calculate this hardness, such as connected water analysis devices, manual colorimetric testers (strips to be dipped in a water sample), or photometers.

What are the dangers of the white stuff?

Over time, lime deposits can build up. In excess, it can scale your equipment and pipes and therefore damage them or make them obsolete. It can also make the water cloudy, promote the development of algae, and irritate the sensitive skin of swimmers. So many inconveniences that can be avoided or combated.

Removing calcium deposits: the solutions

When the scale has settled, it is difficult to get rid of it. In fact, in the event of scaling, the water in the basin must be completely emptied and a descaling product used. The most powerful is to be left on. In all cases, you need a little elbow grease to rub the stains and remove them completely. Remember to remove debris after cleaning the basin.

If you cannot remove lime with a dedicated product and it damages your equipment, you may have to change it. A solution that often turns out to be expensive. Do not hesitate to seek the advice of a professional to note the damage.

Preventing calcium formation: the solutions

Prevention is better than cure! This is why it is advisable to adopt a preventive behavior by using an anti-limescale or anti-scale product.

This type of cleaning product is specially designed to prevent the formation of tartar. It is recommended to use them if the water is very hard. On the other hand, if the hardness of the water is not too high, no need to resort to it.

This type of product requires precautions for use. Read the instructions carefully. It mixes with the water in your pool, according to a precise dosage and with filtration on. On average, this treatment lasts 12 hours (during which the pool is unusable).

Besides applying an anti-limescale treatment for swimming pools, water heating should be controlled. Regular temperature monitoring limits the formation of lime. In fact, hot water tends to favor the formation of tartar. Likewise, regular maintenance and control of the quality of the water, in particular the TH and the pH, make it possible to avoid unpleasant surprises.

Do not hesitate to contact our experts for more information.


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How To Have Your Pool Area Looking New Again!

Lime stains in pool

A common issue that every pool owner will encounter at some point down the road would be calcium buildup in the area around the pool. Calcium buildup can cause your pool to look dated and aged. You spend tens and thousands on a new pool why not just keep it that way? We see so many pools in which the owner didn’t control it! But not everyone knows until it happens to them!

The water line!

The waterline is the most common area for calcium and lime to build up. It’s very important to address it at first sight so it can’t become a big deal because as these build up it causes damage to your pool whether you see it or not. It gets in the pool filters that are designed for soft objects, not hard calcium. See how this can be a potential issue? Another common thing that will happen if it is left untreated for too long is that it will continue to damage the plaster and grow. This will grow anyplace near the pool that is constantly wet. Now that leaves you with 2 problems to fix because the first wasn’t addressed when it should have been!

Causing Irritation To Your Eyes?

A lot of people enjoy swimming with their eyes open and not with goggles. When it gets to a certain point calcium deposit can start to just appear in the pool. This leaves the swimmers at risk of opening their eyes underwater. Another thing is that it leaves the pool uncomfortable. Leaving particles in the pool and making it uncomfortable for swimmers, causing debris to get into the eyes

Cleaning?

You can very easily take care of this and save yourself some money by grabbing yourself some toothpaste, baking soda, and vinegar. Using knees together and scraping off the calcium deposits can be much help. Another thing you can do is clean it with muriatic acid. This is a lot more powerful and should be handled with extreme caution. You can pick up muriatic acid at just about any pool store. But before you do any of this contact your local pool store and tell them your situation. See if they can offer any advice on what would best help you in the end.

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Get Rid Of The Calcium Buildup ASAP!

Have you noticed some greyish white scales in your pool? Or some discoloration right around the water line in your pool? Or even some crusty deposits in the corner of your pool? If yes, those are calcium deposits.

Natural stone that had a heavy build up of calcium

REMOVING CALCIUM DEPOSITS FROM YOUR POOL

This must be one of the many questions on the mind of a pool owner.I would be giving 5 ways on how to remove calcium deposits from your pool.

1. Use a calcium releaser

These products makes it easy to remove calcium deposits. While selecting your product, select acid free calcium releasers, as these products are left a long time on your pool tile before scrubbing off, and the acid could destroy your pool finish.

2. Use scaling treatment

If your pool is made of fiber glass, scaling treatment is advised because other methods would scratch the glass since they involve brushing.

3. Use a pumice

This rock is also effective in removing calcium deposits in pools, make sure the surface of both the rock and the pool is wet, and do not scrub too hard in order not to deface your pool.

4. Use white vinegar and a scrub brush

Fill a water bottle spray with half water and half vinegar solution, spray on your pool tile and leave for some minutes before rubbing gently with a scrub brush.

5. Use muriatic acid

This is also known as Hydrochloric acid, this acid has high strength in removing mineral deposits, calcium deposits inclusive.While using it, you should be fully clothed with your google and gloves in order to avoid safety hazards. Make sure not to leave the acid too long because you do not want to destroy the finish of your pool.

Bottomline

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Calcium deposits are caused by an imbalance between the calcium levels and the Ph of your pool.Before we go into removing these calcium deposits, to prevent future deposits you might want to do the following:

(1) Try reducing evaporation in your pool, by installing a pool cover, because when water evaporates, calcium becomes concentrated.

(2) Try draining your pool and lowering the PH of the new water, this is done so if the pool is exposed to sunlight, there won’t be an imbalance between the PH and the calcium level.

Calcium deposits in pools can have side effects on people who use the pool, these effects can range from eye irritation to whole body irritation, they are also irritating to look at and would reduce the interest of people in your pool.

When removiy these deposits, make sure you are dressed properly to avoid safety hazards and also try as much as possible not to destroy the finish of your pool.

With this guide, we are sure you will bring your pool to it’s former glory.


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Why Are Their Flakes In My Pool? And What Are They?

Your Pool’s Worst Nightmare!

When it comes to calcium scaling, many people don’t know what to look for. It tends to be a whitish-gray stain that always forms along the poolside where the waterline is on the tile. A lot of pool owners seem to think that this comes with old age but calcium skills like these can be removed! And along with that preventative steps to help prevent calcium buildup again are required to help keep your pool looking it’s best! 

Ceramic tile with heavy build up

Types of calcium

When it comes to calcium there are two types of ways calcium skills form in your pool. Calcium carbonate and calcium silicate. Calcium carbonate tends to be more flaky and white in color. Allowing for easy removal! And calcium silicate is gray in color and way more difficult to get off!

Something else to know, when calcium silicate starts to build up in your pool, you will have scaling in your pool filtration pipes. When calcium scales start to build up in your pool the best thing for you to do is reach out to a pool cleaner and have them get the pieces out. Flakes of calcium cannot only ruin your whole pool system, but this year‘s summer is fun as well!

Removing calcium Carbonate and Silicate

When it comes to removing these two types of calcium scales, there are a few types to get them gone and keep it that way! When it comes to calcium carbonate scaling the most common way to take care of that would be to remove them with a stain eraser, scale remover, or a pumice stone. But with today’s market, there are many available commercial Saint erasers for your pool. Most of the products are designed to be applied to specific areas of your pool so it does not cause any sort of damage. Not only that but they make for easy application, all you have to do is follow the instructions. But when it comes to removing calcium silicate skills there is only one reliable way to get this job done on your own. And that is with a pumice stone, these require hard work but can’t but used on Vinyl or fiberglass pools.

Preventing Calcium Buildup For The Future!

What causes calcium scaling your IV is an imbalance between the calcium levels and pH of your pool. So with that said you should be able to prevent any type of calcium buildup by addressing these three things. Either lowering the pH of your pool’s water, installing an automatic pool cover that helps limit the amount of water that’s allowed to evaporate, or give you water the reverse osmosis treatment. The one thing we didn’t mention in the list above would be to hire a pool specialist! Here at calcium killer, our team is certified with all of the knowledge to help ensure your pool is looking beautiful 365 days out of the year! If you have any questions or concerns regarding your pool’s current state, give us a call!


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What Makes Calcium Killer Different From Everyone Else!

The Pool Cleaning Professionals!

At calcium killer, we understand a few more things than your average pool cleaning company does. We understand that you love to use your pool and you love the way it looks. Not only do we offer your ordinary calcium removal/tile cleaning service, but much more! Our professional team can handle any problems you have and take care of them with ease!

Tile Cleaning/ Calcium Removal

Pools that have made it through a few summers will typically start to have some sort of small damages. If the pool has tiles in your pool are beat-up, cracked, chipped, no worries! We can take care of that. Depending on the current tile you have, prices can range. Now you’re probably thinking how is it going to match all of my other discolored tiles? Well no worries, our team has the necessary tools equipped with them to get the job done. making all of the pool tiles look new again!

Power Washing

When it comes to your outdoor living area, many people wish that it would look 20 years younger again! Well with the power of our power washer, that is nothing but achievable! Many people realize the benefits that a power washer can bring, but don’t want to go and break the bank trying to buy one. At calcium killer we have you covered! Helping you in any way that helps regain the love you once had for your pool area. What’s the point of having a spotless pool, but a dirty area? That’s like driving a Ferrari but not ever giving it a car wash!

Pool Rehab Special!

Believe it or not many homeowners give up on their pool because they feel that it is too far gone. They fear that after it has become discolored and full of algae, there’s no saving it. Well, that simply is just not the case, at calcium killer we specialize in bringing your pool back to life! We give your pool all the love and attention it needs to get it back to normal, but when we leave we need your help to do the same. Owning a pool is like a chore that never ends, you constantly have to take care of it to keep it looking its best year-round. Our pool rehab special will have us drain your pool, acid wash and clean your plaster, and remove any and all calcium buildup or scales. And after that, we leave you with the pool you remember 15 years ago when you first bought it! Just leave it up to our pool experts!

Contact Us!

At Calcium Killer we have the team of professionals that you should want to hire! Our range of services is vast and if you have any questions regarding your pool or a certain job that you aren’t too sure if we offer, feel free to contact us at 626-275-8959. We strive to leave our customers with a grin from ear to ear and a pool like no other! Serving all of the pool owners in Covina CA and neighboring cities!


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How To Maintain Your Pools PH Levels.

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How to raise the pool ph

How to raise the pH of your pool? Do you need to increase your pool’s pH levels? How to raise the pH in a pool is the question we ask ourselves if in our periodic or punctual measurement a significant variation of pH is detected . In this case, you must immediately use  pH boosters or reducers , as appropriate. If the pH is low or acidic, use a pH Booster to raise water ph. If you do not know how to raise the ph of the pool water then we present the products that will solve the problem of how to raise the pool ph. From now on, how to climb pool ph will be the easiest problem to solve the summer.

If you need to know how to increase the ph of the pool , we have selected the best products on  the market to raise the pool and that the boring task of increasing the pool is a simple task for you.

How to lower the pool ph

How do you lower ph pool? If the pH is high or basic (alkaline), use a pH Reducer. It is very important that this product addition be done gradually and wait a while , usually a few hoursare enough, to re-measure the pH of our pool. The pool filter needs to be in operation for the pH corrector distribution to be done effectively and spread throughout the pool’s water volume.

If we maintain the pH levels of the water in our pool correctly , we can enjoy water in perfect conditions, making the rest of our pool additives such as flocculants , algaecides and chlorine itself work properly . Therefore, knowing how to lower ph + pool is an important matter to control.


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How To Do Your Best To Help Avoid Calcium Buildup In Your Pool For This Summer

Calcium buildup is a problem that happens to every single pool owner. Here we are going to be talking about if you basic fixes to help decrease the amount of calcium buildup in your pool so that way you and your family can enjoy all of your summer activities in the coming months.

If you look at your pool and you see some sort of white or gray-ish layer along with the size of your pool tile near the waterline, that would be calcium. Calcium builds up in your pool when its pH levels are off. Hoping to maintain your pools pH levels can be a crucial step in helping avoid this problem. Calcium doesn’t just go away, it has to be prevented. here are just three easy ways to help ensure your pool will be 100% swimmable for the summer!

1.) Adjust Your PH.

One important thing you can do to help ensure calcium buildup doesn’t happen to you is to make sure your pool has the right pH and alkalinity. One easy way to find out which way you need to adjust your pH would be to use a phenol red solution. This solution will turn different colors in your pool’s water depending on its pH. If the water test a little high, a simple solution would be to add pool acid in small amounts.

2.) Remove Any Calcium Carbonate.

When it comes to doing this the best way to remove any calcium carbonate be to use some sort of calcium cleaner. After you do this you should try to use some sort of scale or stone remover depending on the surface of your pool. Or you can also try out a commercial stain eraser. Commercial stain erasers are very popular when it comes to removing calcium carbonate and make it a lot easier to reach those tougher places.

3.) Future Prevention

after you have your pool all cleaned out the best and most easy way to help prevent any future calcium buildup is to buy some sort of calcium prohibitive. Calcium per Hibbett her‘s are applied to the pools tiles or even glass. Along with that helping ensure that your pool’s pH is in between a 7.4 and 7.6 can also help prevent any sort of calcium buildup.

People on a pool for a reason, don’t let calcium buildup prevent you from being able to live out that reason. Living in your pool. If you have any questions regarding your pool or need a calcium removal service, we have your back! Serving every pool in Covina CA! Give us a call today!


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Why You Should Always Regulate Your Pools PH Levels

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The pool vessel is not a watertight compartment, but is subject to constant water inlets and outlets. This happens well because the rain enters on a stormy day, either because you fill it with water from the general bring, or because it evaporates on a day of sun and bath. With these continuous changes in their levels, the proportion of treated water also changes and, with it, the values ​​of certain parameters such as free chlorine and pH. These variations make it necessary to know  how to regulate the chlorine and the pH of your pool .

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What are pH and chlorine for?

  • The pH measures the acidity of the water . Its scale varies from 0 to 14 and its value depends on the stability and action of all chemical products used in the maintenance and tuning of the pool . The pH should be adjusted between 7.2 and 7.6, its optimum value, which would be practically neutral. Not being in these values ​​causes the entire disinfection system to be damaged.
  • The chlorine that you put in the pool is responsible for the elimination of the microorganisms present in the water . Its function is disinfectant. But free residual chlorine not bound to organic matter is also lost by evaporation, as it is a gas. It is important that for the bathroom its levels are between 1.0 and 1.5 ppm or parts per million. When the pH is adjusted up, the chlorine tends not to fulfill its function.

If you want to enjoy the pool water in perfect conditions, it is essential to treat it correctly so that it is free of pathogenic organisms and substances in an amount or concentration that may pose a risk to human health. But to be able to treat it as necessary, it is important to know how to analyze the key parameters mentioned above.

How to analyze the pH and chlorine of the pool?

There are several methods for water analysis and pool maintenance .

  • Analyzers with liquid reagent or tablets . Using analyzers with liquid reagent or tablets  is easier than you think. Simply take a representative sample of the pool glass with the cuvette that comes in the kit and add the reagent indicated for the parameter you want to analyze. After a few seconds and after stirring, the water becomes a color that you should compare with the color chart that incorporates the analyzer. This way you will know the  numerical value of the parameter.
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  • Analytical paper strips . Although the principle is the same as in the previous method, the mode of use is different. In this case, dip the analyzer strip a  few seconds directly into the water you want to analyze. When you take it out of the water, you should compare the color with the table provided by the manufacturer.
  • Photometer or digital analyzer . It is more expensive but much more accurate and easy to use. Depending on the digital analyzer model , it can cover one or several parameters.

The control of these values ​​must be done periodically, with a minimum sampling frequency of once a week.

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How to regulate the chlorine and the pH of the pool?

If after using the analysis methods, you check that the values ​​are out of adjustment, you must take corrective measures that return the parametric values ​​to their optimum levels.

In the case of chlorine , you can find two different situations.

  • Chlorine levels are low, below 1-1.5 ppm . It is not an adequate value for the bathroom. This is what happens when you have just filled the pool with the feed water from the public distribution network or after heavy rain. Potabilized water suitable for consumption does not have sufficient concentration of free chlorine to cope with all the microorganisms that are provided with the bath. The solution to the problem is to pour the granulated rapid chlorine glass  diluted previously in a little water and in an amount proportional to the volume of water in the pool. It is fast dissolving and is used mainly in the start of the pool and in shock treatments.
  • Chlorine levels are high, above 1.5 ppm. Bathing is not recommended when 5.0 ppm is exceeded. To reduce the concentration of free chlorine, use the following three measures, which are not exclusive. First, you can stop the contribution of chlorine to the glass. You can also pour water from the brought water or from a natural source like a well in the glass, but keep in mind that the pH is adjusted, so you have to adjust it again. Finally, the weather and the sun cause the free chlorine in the water to gradually volatilize spontaneously.

In the case of pH, the situations you can face are the following.

  • The pH is above 7.6. Pool water tends, in general, to raise pH values. With a high pH the water in the pool becomes cloudy, the chlorine loses the disinfectant power and forms chloramines with organic matter, causing the irritation of the eyes and mucous membranes, as well as the characteristic smell that the water gives off. The solution is to use a pH reducer , which is in liquid or granulated presentation. Apply milliliters or grams per cubic meter of water as recommended by the manufacturer to lower the pH 0.1. For example, if in a sample you have a pH value = 8.0, multiply by 4 that amount that the manufacturer recommends to lower the pH 0.1 points, that is, 8.0 of the sample minus 7.6 of the optimal value is equal to 0.4.
  • The pH is below 7.2 . The procedure you must follow is the same as in the previous case, but using a pH booster Interestingly, chlorine works at 100% with a pH equal to 5, but it would be unfeasible for bathing.

To know more details about how to regulate the chlorine and the pH of your pool , learn in this video how to keep the water in your pool.

If you have any questions, you can open a conversation thread in the Forum  to solve your question. If you have a pool installation project, upload it to the Projects section   and share it with other users.


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Removing Calcium Deposits From Your Pool!

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This must be one of the many questions on the mind of a pool owner. And here I will be giving 5 ways on how to remove calcium deposits from your pool! And not only will it look better, it will allow you to enjoy your pool like you once did!

1. Use a calcium releaser

These products makes it easy to remove calcium deposits. While selecting your product, select acid free calcium releasers, as these products are left a long time on your pool tile before scrubbing off, and the acid could destroy your pool finish.

2. Use scaling treatment

If your pool is made of fiber glass, scaling treatment is advised because other methods would scratch the glass since they involve brushing.

3. Use a pumice

This rock is also effective in removing calcium deposits in pools, make sure the surface of both the rock and the pool is wet, and do not scrub too hard in order not to deface your pool.

4. Use white vinegar and a scrub brush

Fill a water bottle spray with half water and half vinegar solution, spray on your pool tile and leave for some minutes before rubbing gently with a scrub brush.

5. Use muriatic acid

This is also known as Hydrochloric acid, this acid has high strength in removing mineral deposits, calcium deposits inclusive.While using it, you should be fully clothed with your google and gloves in order to avoid safety hazards. Make sure not to leave the acid too long because you do not want to destroy the finish of your pool.

Bottomline

Calcium deposits in pools can have side effects on people who use the pool, these effects can range from eye irritation to whole body irritation, they are also irritating to look at and would reduce the interest of people in your pool.

When removiy these deposits, make sure you are dressed properly to avoid safety hazards and also try as much as possible not to destroy the finish of your pool.



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