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I have a used intex saltwater pump the pool size is a 24 round, i am having problems getting the chlorine to show when testing it . i have clean the salt cell unit with vinegar,i have added the correct amount of cyn.acid, added muratic acid and shock it as directed by the pool supply company and still nothing .then they told me to add a gallon of shock it . it had a slight chlorine reading for one day and then nothing again now. all other levels the ph. etc are great ,the pool is crytal clear, however now since a week of off and on rain the pool is getting some staining ... HELP>> please.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
high chlorine can cause problems too it will give false readings for your ph and alkalinity.
The most important thing to remeber is that there is a sequence to follow.
First buy a test kit for salt about 11 bucks for 10 tests. you need to have the ppm's at 3000
if it is to high drain 20% water re-fill and filter/curculate for 6 hours then test again. once at 3000 then go for your chlorine it should be between 1.0 and 1.5 with a test kit now with those 2 in line go for ph adjustment ph should be as close 2 7.6 as possible. Ph will cause more problems like cloudy water or algea more than anything else.
another thing you need to realize is that the intex salt system sucks. Once you set it for the # of hours to chlorinate you are basically guessing as to what is needed. Yes there is a guidence chart as to hours to run but it is over kill and lets too much chlorine be generated start with 3-4 hours of generating but remember also that at 4 hours generating that is nowhere near enough filtering
you will need to shut power off get it out of sleep mode and continue to filter
on avberage a pool should be turned over 3 times a day my pool 7000gl and the 2000gph all in one intex salt pump needs run at least 10 hours a day alone without the chlorinator
my pool only 18' so with your total gallons it will be longer
one last thing to consider is that when in chlorine generating mode the filter slows down because of all the electronics. You can not hear it happen but if you put your hand in front of the discharge you can tell
Posted on Jul 09, 2009
SOURCE: CLOUDY SALT WATER POOL
salt does not solve your problem.
People do no realize that all the salt does for you is that it eliminates having to pour regular chlorine in.
Everything else stays the same as a normal pool with just plain ole h2o
The dilema is that intex filters are to small for the job that needs done especially in your case now that you have the dreaded green monster
your solution is to first get it cleared up
shock your pool with 2 gallons of liquid chlorine and then filter filter filter
You will need to brush the dead algea and vaccum once or twice a day for a couple of days and you must clean that cartridge 3-4 times a day with the garden hose
you will be surprised how much green it will trap
once pool starts to clear and the chlorine level starts to come back down from Mars you can start using your generator again.
you will need to find the amount of time thatorks for you but 3-4 hours will not cut it in the hot weeks
Chlorine consumption is due to #of bathers, heat ,sun, rain so any given day will dictate a different amount of generation needed keep it high so you do not get algea again about 3.0
you also got algea because you were not stiring up the pool enough you again need to filter filter filter every day
try to find some of my other postings with more specifics
Posted on Aug 13, 2009
Sit back and drink a cup of coffee or your favorite beverage, this may take some time to read.
First off it is a must that your salt level is at or as close to 3000ppm as possible.
Over around 3800ppm and salt will not efficiently be made
under 2700 or so you will get the same result.
Neither one will necessarily trigger the alarms.
Do you have a stabilizer in the pool?
It is very important to have stabilizer. This helps hold the chlorine level
The intex pumps are not strong enough to handle the pool volumes.
Take for instance you need to turn a pool over AT LEAST 3 times as quickly as possible if you have a 5000gl pool and a 2500gl filter per hour thats 6 hours alone that you should be running your filter alone.
Ad to that trying to generate chlorine When generating chlorine your pump slows down so you are not filtering on the level needed.
depending on how hot the day was,how many bathers,did it rain at all, Was kims hair full of hair products, and the killer sun tan lotion
All of these have affects
the usual generating time is between 5-8 hours sometimes longer depending on the above situations.
and dont forget the stabilizer
Bottom line this is what I do with an 18x52
I run the generator some time in the late evening 10-7 11-8 whatever it takes. once you start testing and see how low and then run it for x amount of hours and then see how low it goes again the next day you will be able to start gauging how long to run it. Once the unit is done unplug it and re plug this resets it to filter only now run that until you are ready to set the generator again and continue to do this the whole summer
Yes you need to run that thing 24 hours a day. It is no worse than having a 40 watt bulb on continuous.
remeber also that a pools worst enemy is not getting used. If that is the case LITTLE USAGE then you should be brushing your pool daily
one last thing get a good non foaming algecide about 15 dollars for 32 ounces you will use from 12-24 ounces just follow the directions and a bottle of something like crystal clear this product helps all the small particles to clump together thus easier for the filter cartridge to grab and do its job. Not noticable to the naked eye
Hope this helps and I appologize for the structure of this post I am not much of a writer
Posted on Jun 15, 2010
you can not blindly just add salt
you need a salt test kit that reads #'s, not color
Get your salt content to as close to 3000ppm as you can any lower than 2800 and you will not produce enough chlorine and any more than 3500 and it will taste bad and could make your water cloudy or trigger high salt alarms
Also remeber to run filter only for 24 hours after adding salt
you also need to realize that a pool goes green for many reasons lack of sanitizer,heat,sun,rain,sun tan oil, 3 of swimmers
A pool need to be turned over at the bare minimum of 3-4 times in a day.
Intex filters are not sufficient to properly do the task
only a good sand filter and seperate pump of about 1 horse will really keep a pool sufficiently cleand but if you follow my advise you can do it with the intex
lets start with the filtering I believe your pool is around 5000 gl
if you have a 2000 gl ph pump then you need to be filtering 7 1/2 -10 hours just to keep your pool clear you do the math for you
as for grnerating your chlorine time varies depending on the situations I mentioned earlier
it is good you are using a stabilizer but that only goes so far if it was hot and sunny and a lot of use chlorine will get ate up any way
And make sure your algaecide is a non foaming kind and stick to the directions
now to your problem at hand
you now need to as you did shock it but you also need to use a lot of elbow grease and remeber this is going to be tedius
Clean your cartridge with the garden hose blast it in the folds as hard as you can
start your filter again and now add 2 gallons of chlorine or house hold bleach
let filter for 12 hours and then with a pool brush not the bristles under your vacuum head scrub the sides and walls continue filtering until you see the settled algae and then vacuum
now clean your cartridge again and repeat if the chlorine is still high you do not need to add but if it went low again then add 1 more gallon
continue doing this until you can see a huge difference
once you can then start with your algaecide again
at this point overdose it as directed on the bottle once your chlorine is low enough to get in then you need to get in and brush under the seems
with the intex liner there are too many seams and folds that need to be addressed
another hint is to have 2 filters one drying while the other is in the unit
a wet freshly cleaned filter does not work and trap particles as well as one that has been dried
Another good chemical to use is a water clarifier this helps minute particles that you can not see clump together thus making it easier for thr cartridge to trap
good luck and if you have any more questions you can e-mail me through this site
Posted on Jul 09, 2010
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SOURCE: ok i have the intex
Yes, what is your stabilizer level? It should be between 30 and 50 ppm. If the stabilizer is too low then the sun will cause the chlorine to dissipate faster than the chlorinator can produce it. Some salt chlorinator manufactures recommend 80ppm but that reduces the chlorine efffect. If you can't get the chlorinator working then using a floating tablet chlorinator is a good option to keep the pool open. I hope this helps.
Posted on Aug 13, 2011
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