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Jimyjam65656 - i read your profile where you noted you've never used or had to use chemicals other than salt for your pool and your salt water chlorinator is running fine. I've had nothing but trouble with my CS8110 since I bought it July this year. I've invested over $200.00 in chemicals, get water tested at the pool store weekly and I STILL can't get the chlorinator to stop reading LOW SALT. I've had to partially drain the pool for the second time to get the salt level down because I stupidly believe the chlorinator when it reads 91 low salt - I add the salt hoping the dumb thing will work - NOTHING but 91! I've cleaned the electrodes with vinegar and still it reads 91. I've only been able to get the chlorinator to work for a period of 3 weeks and that's it. Should I just give up or what????

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What is the ppm of your salt
and are you using a test kit that reads salt in #'s or color dip strip

Posted on Aug 23, 2010

  • mandretti Aug 23, 2010

    I get the pool water tested professionally at a pool store and the salt level is 3000ppm

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For starters I would bring a sample of your water to a pool store and they usually test it for free. They will then make recommendations. Be certain that everything you add to a pool is necessary based on the test results. If you are draining or partially draing the pool then sometimes chemicals recommended by the pool supply store will not be necessary. The following is what I would do to keep a pool blue:
1. Make sure salt is at the recommended concentration.
2. Only shock the pool to if the chloring level has droped below about 2 ppm.
3. Place the recomended dose of stabilizer in the pool.
4. Make sure pump and filter are working properly.
5. Check the pool chemistry on a daily basis for about a week to. I recommend test strips that at least measure chlorine, Ph and stabilizer.
6. Check the chemistry on a weekly basis and clean the pool and equipment according to the pool instructions.

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You can cloud your water by adding chemicals that are incompatible. You will cloud the water if you simultaneously add a water clarifier and a chemical to inhibit the buildup of lime scale. You will cloud it if you simultaneously add chlorine and scale inhibitor. You will also cloud your water if you simultaneously add soda ash and a chemical to increase the hardness of the waterResources recommends sodium hypo, lithium hypo, dichlor or calcium hypo to superchlorinate water until it contains 10 parts per million (PPM) of free chlorine.



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Our salt water pool has a low ph and very low alkaline levels...Do we need to add more salt?


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I have an Intex Ultra Frame 24'x52" pool. We are installing the saltwater filtration system today. How much salt will be need to use and are there any other chemicals we should use for the initial setup?


I HAVE THE SAME POOL FOR YOUR FIRST START UP ADD 310 OF POOL SALT. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A INTEX SALTWATER CHLORINATOR I WOULD SUGGEST GETTING ONE. IT WILL GIVE YOU READINGS ON LOW SALT, HIGH SALT, AND ALSO HAS A BOOST FOR COPPER IONIZATION, WHICH KILLS ALGEA AND BACTERIA. MIX YOUR SALT AROUND THE POOL AND LET THE PUMP CIRCULATE IT. GET A TEST KIT TO CHECK YOUR SALT LEVEL. IT SHOULD BE AT .OO3 OR 3 PPM. TO DO A GOOD JOB OF KEEPING YOUR WATER CIRCULATED YOU MAY NEED TO UPGRADE YOUR PUMP FROM THE 2500 GPM TO THE 4000 GPM PUMP. THE INITIAL SALT YOU ADD SHOULD GET YOU IN THE BALL PARK. AFTER CIRCULATING AND SWIMMING A FEW TIMES CHECK THE LEVEL AND IF TO HIGH LET OUT WATER AND ADD FRESH, IF TO LOW ADD MORE SALT. ONCE SET YOU SHOULD BE GOOD TO GO AND ENJOY FOR THE SEASON. HOWEVER I RECCOMEND CHECKING YOUR POOL LEVELS WEEKLY. HOPE THIS HELPS.

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When you fill a pool with new water ... the first thing to do is remove the metals. Did you do that? This should be done with a sequestering agent ... "Metal Out" is one generic name. Treat according to the package instructions. You should treat for metal before any other product is added to the water. I believe you are seeing 'rust' from the iron in your water. The salt did it If you said green I would say you have copper or mag in the water. You may have a variety of metals in the water. Nitrates? Get rid of them ... they will eat the CL as soon as you add it. If yours is a gunnite pool, expect serious staining. To remove staining, consult your pool professional.

It is probably too late for the above ... let the CL go to zero or add some thiosulfate to kill it. Get it at the pool supply place. Use according to package instructions. Then go back to the start and add the metal out, etc.

After the metal is out of the water, you should raise the CL level - 2 to 4 PPM - using liquid or dry CL. Your filter should run 24/7. When the pressure on your filter increases 10 PSI, you should back wash - NOT BEFORE!

Check your Alkalinity ... get it to 100. When this is done (and this will not happen in minutes - it will take hours ... move slow on adding chemicals. You already saw what speedy adding of chemicals does (Brown Water)

When the Alk is 100, (use Sodium Bi Carb or dry acid for this) then adjust your pH - (use Bi Carb or dry acid for this). Your pH goal is 7.4 (7.2 to 7.8 is acceptible).

Now is the time to add salt (after your water is balanced!). There is a chart in your salt machine instruction manual that will tell you how much salt to use. Your goal should be about 3200 ppm salt. If the salt is low, you will not make CL at all. If the salt is high, you will have to dump some water to dilute back to around 3200 ppm.

You should consider adding Cyanuric Acid to your pool to around 60 - 80 ppm. Cyanuric acid will protect the CL in your out of doors pool. Just a side note, dry CL normally comes with cyanuric acid in it for stabilizing. Since you are making CL, you will need to add the cyanuric acid to protect it.

You don't say if you are gunnite or plastic ... if gunnite - you should consider your calcium level. Calcium should be around 300 ppm. (you can go as high as 1000) To much (more than 1000), you have to dulute it with water that is lower in the mineral. If there is little or none, the water will take the mineral from the surface of your pool - not good. Again, your goal is 300 ppm

This is all information that your Pool Tech guy will charge you $ for - or you can get it free from your pool chemical supply place. You also got it free here at FixYa.com from this volunteer CPO (Certified Pool Operator) question catcher. Please remember to evaluate this response.

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Jul 12, 2010 | Intex Automatic Salt Water System for ...

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I tried unplugging it for a minute and resetting the timer, it still keeps saying I need more salt but Leslies pool store tested it and said I have twice as much salt in it as needed, 6500 something. Still...


with the intex system it can read 91low salt and 92 high or vise versa you can have high and it will read low

start by draining 20% pool water and re filling
do this until you get to 3000ppm make sure all of your other chemicals are fine ph alkalinity and so on
I would also recommend cleaning your electro cell with so much salt being in the system http://www.intexcorp.com.hk/proifv/proifv_dl_client.jsp?source=intexstore

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Would like to know how to close a salt water pool for winter


There is nothing special about closing a pool based on using a salt water generator system. You can use any chlorine based chemicals for your winter dosing and you drain the lines, including the generating cell, just as you always would.

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