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    New pool owners-Salt water pool help!!!!

    Hello! We recently moved into a home with a pool. We have an above ground salt water pool that operates on a Hayward System. We have already had to have the salt cell replaced (less than a year old), We had a case of black algae that I think I cleared up, and now we have some type of stain on the liner. I tried the vitamin c tabs to see if it was a metal staining but it didn't respond to them. We also can't get our Chlorine level up when testing. I'm very frustrated because I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong.... help please!!!!
    Hello! I have a 27ft x 4ft deep above ground salt water pool. My pool operates on a Hayward salt system.

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    Re: New pool owners-Salt water pool help!!!!

    Welcome to TFP.

    Add bleach to get the chlorine level up to target asap. It sounds like there is algae growing in the pool consuming algae as fast as the SWG is producing it. To kill the algae for good you need to follow this process, Pool School - SLAM - Shock Level And Maintain

    If you are unsure about algae in the pool you can raise FC up above 10 and Pool School - Perform the Overnight FC Loss Test (OCLT) to see if there is organic material in the pool consuming chlorine.

    Here are a couple of handy pages to check out,
    Pool School - ABCs of Pool Water Chemistry
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    Pool School - Recommended Pool Chemicals
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    Re: New pool owners-Salt water pool help!!!!

    your chlorine levels are not going up because your cell cannot overcome the algae bloom in your pool. you will need to get one of the recommended test kits (see my signature) and then follow the SLAM procedure to rid your pool of algae. this is not a one and done shock treatment.

    once your pool is free of algae, your cell will do a good job to HOLD your chlorine levels, but they do not create enough chlorine to overcome/defeat algae. you will need liquid bleach/chlorine for that. once you do the SLAM and then maintain your chlrine per your CYA (see link in signature) you should never have to SLAM again

    p.s. I had the EXACT same issue when I bought my house and took over the pool. thought it was the cell's fault, it was algae. you can have algae without your pool being green, water can look pretty clear and you can have a bloom starting. gotta SLAM
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    Re: New pool owners-Salt water pool help!!!!

    Thanks! Would that be would the "staining" is on the bottom of the pool? I tried to scrub it and tried the Vit. C test and it wouldn't budge?!?!?! When you refer to liquid bleach, do you mean regular household bleach?

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    Thanks for the reply! Could the algae be what the "staining" is on the bottom of the pool? I will definitely read the pages you mentioned. Just add regular household bleach?

    Megan
    Hello! I have a 27ft x 4ft deep above ground salt water pool. My pool operates on a Hayward salt system.

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    unnamed (8).jpgThis is the staining that is in three places of my pool.
    Hello! I have a 27ft x 4ft deep above ground salt water pool. My pool operates on a Hayward salt system.

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    Yes, regular household bleach. I see you started another thread. It's usually prudent to keep all the info in one place. Don't worry, your questions will be answered, but we all have day jobs too

    I suggest you read up on how to SLAM your pool. First step is to get a TF-100 or Taylor K-2006 test kit so you can reliably monitor your chlorine levels. In the meantime, add about a half gallon to one gallon of bleach each night to keep the algae from getting worse.
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    Re: New pool owners-Salt water pool help!!!!

    Ok, thanks!!! Sorry for starting a new thread...I couldn't find this one!!! New to this website and as a pool owner. Can be very overwhelming!! I will start the SLAM process, I may check back for some help during this process.
    Hello! I have a 27ft x 4ft deep above ground salt water pool. My pool operates on a Hayward salt system.

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    please do. we love questions and pictures.
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    Re: New pool owners-Salt water pool help!!!!

    Remember that you can't start the slam until you have one of the recommended test kit, other tests kit can't read the level of FC that you need for the slam, follow the slam articule to the T.

    Once you have your recommended kit post all the results here and then you will have a good start, good luck
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    Re: New pool owners-Salt water pool help!!!!

    Bleach! Like at Walmart! Store brand=Greater Value plain, unscented bleach.

    IF you have a pool store that sells liquid chlorine you can use that also but you are going to need a LOT and the bleach will be much easier to get. You need to start with at least 10 jugs. Make sure it is 8.25%.

    From now on you will only be using bleach to get and keep your FC up.

    Let us know when you get your test kit.

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