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My saltwater system produces chlorine but disappears fast

My saltwater system produces chlorine but disappears with in 8 hrs.
I run the chlorinator at night for 5 hrs so these are the readings I get at 7 am, in the morning
Bromine is at 5
Free Chlorine is 5
ph is 7.5
total alkalinity 120

Now when I get home at 5pm I check reading again and this is what I get.

Bromine 0
Free clorine 0
ph 7.5
total alkalinity 120
The pool is covered and is not being used yet.

Thanks for any help you can give

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First of all your problem is a few things combined.
First lets learn what consumes chlorine
Heat,sun,rain,sun tan oil 3 of swimmers

you may need to run your generator 12 hours some nights it all depends on what kind of day it was and what the chlorine was to start with

Also if you do not have your salt as close to 3000ppm as you can then you are also not generating enough chlorine even if you are not triggering an alarm for low salt


you can not be below 2800 and no higher than 3800ppm
a test kit is available get the strips that reads #'s not the color strips for salt reading

Also you should be using a chlorine stabilizer to help hold the chlorine level this is only a help situation. it will not completly remidy your chlorine level going low if all the elements I mentioned are happening at the same time

Also be carefull not using the pool that is the worst thing you can do. You may go green quick without people in it stiring it up

I also recommend you use a non foaming algaecide every 5-7 days just follow directions for your gallons of water

By the way bromine tests are really not for pools they are designed to work with the hot water and chlorine level of a hot tub
your ph is fine, about in the middle alkalinity is what drives your ph so worry about the ph level and chlorine and you are good to go

Posted on Jul 09, 2010

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