Question about Intex Automatic Salt Water System for Above Ground Saltwater Pool
No low salt warning has come on, and the chlorine is low according to test strips and ph is too high. Am i suppose to add chemicals? I thought that was the purpose of the saltwater system is to not have to use chemicals. I have had the system for less than a month, it seems like it should be working better.
Ok here is the scoop first of all the generator will not raise your PH
Hard water rain and bad pool maintainence raises PH
Yes you need to add chemicals Salt water system is to just not need to physically pour chlorine in
on to your problem, you need to get a test kit and make sure you get your salt to the level it needs to be at ( about 10 bucks for 10 tests)
3000ppm is a good level any higher and you will definately have a salty taste any lower than 2500ppm and your generator will not produce enough chlorine
If you are close but under 3000ppm add 10 pounds of salt at a time till you get to 3000 making sure you filter/curculate only ( no generator ) for at least 24 hours even if you do not see the salt it is not mixed enough
If it is too high then let out 2-4 inches of water re-fill and filter for about 4 hours and then check
once your salt is proper then go on to getting your chlorine level to 1.0-3.0
this will never be achievable on a daily basis so be ready to deal with ph also
chlorine will fluctuate greatly depending on #of swimmers per day, sun light,heat, and rain so as a general guide start out with 4 hours of chlorine generation and see what that does for you for that specific day you may have only needed 2 hours or maybe you needed 6 hours you are the best judge of this once you become familiar with what works for your situation
now for ph it is some what controlled by chlorine level so once you get it set while the chlorine is good the ph will rise and fall with the chlorine level Usually not enough to make a difference unless you have to add hundreds of gallons of water or if you have so much rain that it over flowed your pool so check your level and either use ph up or down for your situation you need to be close to 7.4 or so
Now to really address your problem ( ALGEA )
most pool owners do not realize just what it takes or is involved in proper pool care.
A pool will form algea for a # of reasons but if you filter proper;y it will remedy other problems that could occur
first you need to realize that a pools water needs turned over at LEAST 3 times a day ( swimmers or not ) by this I mean (and you gave no specifics on pool size) Lets use generic #'s If you have a 4000gallon pool and a 2000gallon pump you need to run your filter for at least 6 hours you do the math for your size pump and gallons of water
Now this is over and above the chlorine generation so as you see it is important to stay on top of the maintainence especially if no one uses it since that creates curculation
well after all of this add a good chlorine stabilizer and that will help with holding your chlorine level also
JUST REMEMBER FILTER FILTER FILTER
especially since the intex filters are not strong enough for the size pool that comes with it
And I forgot to mention you should spray the paper cartridge with the garden hose on high from top to bottom EVERY DAY
Posted on Jul 30, 2009
Chlorine generators will slowly raise the pH over time. You will always need to have acid ready to be added once the readings start getting above 7.6. You should try and maintain it down around 7.2 - 7.4 to allow for mistakes.
As for the generator; can you turn up the rate it generates chlorine? I am not as familiar with the intex but other brands have an adjustment knob to vary the rate chlorine is made.
Posted on Jul 28, 2009
Salt chlorine generators are nice, but they do not ensure that you will have a completely maintenance free pool. You will still have to adjust certain pool chemicals as needed to ensure that your pool is balanced. The chlorine generator simply takes the place of traditional chlorination methods. You will still need to add stabilizer, or cyanuric acid, to maintain a level of 60-80 ppm. You will also need to make sure that your free chlorine stays between 1-3 ppm. Your pH should stay between 7.2-7.6 (add muriatic acid to lower or soda ash to raise). You alkalinity should stay between 80-120 ppm (baking soda to increase, acid to decrease). Finally, monitor your calcium to make sure that it stays in the 200-400 ppm range. You will enjoy your SWG, but do not expect it to take the place of regular pool maintenance.
Posted on May 19, 2010
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