# Too much salt in pool (4,100)

My salt water pool 20,000 gallon Jandy system is registering 4,100 high salt My clorine cell is not making clorine as well. (I have been adding clorine to compensate for the cell not working) A Leslie pool supply store tested my water today and said the salt content registered 5,100 and the only way to get rid of the salt would be to empty the pool. He also said that maybe because of the high salt reading the cell is not making clorine. Thanks Colin A.

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• cwalds1 May 19, 2009

Thanks so much for the feedback. I will drain the pool and refill and go from there! Thanks again Colin

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The leslies employe is right the only way to get rid of the high salt level is to drain the water i would say drain a 3rd and fill pool and check salt level some salt genarators can not make chlorine at high salt levels or when the water is cold

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• noe Duran May 21, 2009

dont drain the pool all the way it might crack .

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With the drought conditions throughout portions of the United States, I am under the understanding that some municipalities require a drain of the pool "permit". If there is such an ordinance in your community, and you drain your pool without finding out, again, my understanding is that penalty fine is pretty hefty!
Once you have the greenlight to empty some water from your swimming pool, you can empty - I would start with 25%, then refill, retest, and again drain 25%. ? Or... Start with a third, and then 25%, there after.
You want to get your salt levels down to 3200 ppm, which is ideal. 3400 ppm is already time to consider draining some water.
If after all this, salt levels are still high, you may want to just turn your generator off and supplement with chlorine tablets or dry, this all depends on whether you can or cannot drink water. If there is no such problem with draining water, then go that route.
Good luck.

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