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    SWG not working

    We had a lot of rain recently and now it's not working. Won't even power on, wondering if this may have something to do with it. When I plug it in it trips the breaker to the outlet. I can't get the pic to load, but the small box beside the control box is cracked and has rust color in the cracks. Intex brand

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    Re: SWG not working

    Water and electricity can be a problem, especially with conductive stuff in the water. Rust is iron or steel, both are conductive.

    You need to fix that first.

    In case you were wondering, clean pure water does not conduct electricity.
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    Re: SWG not working

    Yes, sounds like it is time for a new SWG. In the meantime add plain bleach to chlorinate your pool so it doesn't turn in to a swamp.
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    Re: SWG not working

    Quote Originally Posted by Griswald View Post

    In case you were wondering, clean pure water does not conduct electricity.
    While Griswalds' statement is correct, your pool water, no matter how clean and pure you think it may be, should never be mistaken for distilled water, or considered non conductive.

    Lets be perfectly clear here. Tap water, your pool water, lets say for arguments sake all water is or should be considered conductive, unless....

    Taken from Human Touch Of Chemistry - Basic Concepts, Fun & Facts of Chemistry in Daily Life

    Since distilled water is purified and does not contain any impurities, it is unable to conduct electricity. Water molecules on their own have no charge and as a result they cannot swap electrons. Without the swapping of electrons, electricity is unable to travel through distilled water.

    Salt water, on the other hand, is considered a good conductor of electricity because it contains ions in it. Although it doesn't taste salty, Tap water, can also conduct electricity because it isn't pure. The water from the kitchen sink often has traces of minerals such as calcium, Ca2+, and magnesium, Mg2+ and can help conduct electricity. However, what needs to be noted here is that not all water is the same nor will it conduct electricity at the same rate.
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