repeated until the Stabilizer level is within range.The chlorine tablets and granular chlorine used to sanitize a swimming pool on a daily basis is apre-stabilized form of chlorine. This means that the chlorine contains a small amount of stabilizer,and as chlorine is added to the pool a very small amount of Stabilizer is also added to helpmaintain the level. This small amount of Stabilizer constantly added with pool chlorine does notcause a problem in outdoor swimming pools because water is splashed out or evaporates, andgets replaced with fresh water to dilute the Stabilizer. This pre-stabilized form of chlorine cannotbe used in indoor swimming pools, because much less water evaporation occurs and the stabilizerlevel will slowly buildup. Indoor swimming pool owners need to use an un-stabilized form ofchlorine. Calcium Hardness The calcium hardness of swimming pool water refers to the amount of the mineral calcium presentin the pool water. The calcium hardness should be maintained at 80-150 ppm in a pool with a vinylliner, or 150-200 ppm in a concrete or plaster finish pool. Low levels of calcium hardness can leadto corrosive water conditions, which may damage the pool surface, pool equipment and poolplumbing. If the water in a plaster or masonry finish pool becomes corrosive, the water will absorbcalcium from the pool walls and floor by eating away at the pool surface until the hardness levelnears 150 ppm. The calcium hardness level can be easily raised using a Calcium HardnessIncreaser available from most pool supply dealers.High levels of calcium hardness may lead to cloudy pool water and "scaling". Scaling is mostvisible around the water line of a swimming pool as a white chalky deposit, but also forms insidepool equipment and pool plumbing. A pool Calcium Hardness Reducer chemical is available frommost pool supply companies to lower the hardness to the desired range for your pool. You mayalso partially drain and refill a swimming pool with fresh water, which has a lower concentration ofCalcium. Calcium is present in the water used to fill the pool and in the pool chemicals used to treat thewater. The pool chemical that adds the most calcium to pool water is standard chlorine pool shock.If you find that your calcium hardness level is too high, read the label of the pool shock you'vebeen using and you will likely find that the active ingredient is calcium hypochlorite. Each time thispool shock is added to the pool water, calcium is added to the water. To prevent this problembegin using Chlorine-Free Pool Shock on a regular basis, instead of standard chlorine pool shock(Calcium Hypochlorite). The active ingredient in chlorine-free pool shock is PotassiumMonopersulfate, which does the same job of oxidizing bacteria and harmful organics but does notcontain any calcium. If you choose to switch to chlorine-free shock you should always still keep thestandard chlorine pool shock on hand, because it is the only pool chemical capable of killing algae.