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Thread: Should I call the local hazmat department?? - don't be an idiot like me

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    Dec 2011
    Prosper, Texas

    Should I call the local hazmat department?? - don't be an idiot like me

    So most of the summer I have been fighting with keeping my chlorine levels in check. I was always having low numbers so I added additional time to my Stenner pump. It got to the point where I was running the pump 8 hours a day. (I have the 3 gallon per day model). So yes a gallon of bleach a day. Much more than I needed last year.

    I even went as far as to shut the Stenner pump off and SLAM the pool as I thought I was fighting an algae bloom. I only had to slam it for 3 days which I thought was odd. I was traveling quite a bit during the summer so I just kept making sure the tank was full before I would leave but each time I would return to little or no chlorine in the pool. It was very frustrating.

    I was going to be out of town for 12 days so I asked a neighbor to refill my 15 gallon tank after I was gone for a week. I had a full tank and 9 jugs of bleach next to my tank for him to use to refill it, which he did. I also cranked up the time on the pump to 12 hours a day (1.5 gallons a day). I got home and had no chlorine in the pool!!! I then noticed something. All of my gravel around my equipment pad was white. it was very odd. I unscrewed the line from the Stenner pump where it enters the pool plumbing and nothing was coming out, now i had tested this earlier in the summer and some was flowing (but probably not enough...). I then unscrewed it on the pump side and there was a steady flow of bleach. I checked the line and it looks like a rabbit or something had chewed it in a couple places, or maybe it just cracked for some reason. I fixed the line and am happy to report by the next morning my pool was back up to proper chlorine level using just the pump.

    I would guess over the summer I have dumped between 30-45 gallons of bleach on the side of my house.... Don't be an idiot like me, keep your lines off the ground and check them often. I was going crazy and was about to just go back to pucks....

    Pics or it never happened...

    21,000 gallon pool w/spa, Pebble Sheen, Hayward EcoStar variable speed filter pump, Hayward DE6020 Filter, Hayward 400FDN Heater, Stenner pump with 15 gallon tank, Clear O3 ozone system, Hayward Goldline PS-8 controller, Hayward 6060 cleaner pump, Polaris 280 cleaner, Hayward EcoStar variable speed water feature pump.

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    May 2014
    Columbia, SC

    Re: Should I call the local hazmat department?? - don't be an idiot like me

    But it appears they have bleached out to a nice pretty white.......

    Glad you found it.

    I'm lucky, all my pool equipment is in a 12 foot tall "crawl space" under my house and it sits,on a nice concrete floor. If a leak appears I'm sure I will find it and no critters to chew on the tubes. Whoever was chewing on it probably got a mouth full of bleach when they finally chewed through
    TFP Moderator 39 X 18 23,000(ish) freeform gunite; built 2007ish; Pentair Triton II TR100 600lb Sand filter; 2 HP Pentair pump with 2.2 HP AO Smith single speed motor; 2 skimmers, 1 main drain, 4 returns w/waterfall, Stenner 45MHP2 3GPD running@ 60% - 15 gal Tank; heated by the sun CYA 200+ when I started - 50 now. Dolphin Supreme M5 Pool Cleaner. Hot Springs SX Spa, 285 gallon

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    South-Central Texas, Marion/San Antonio

    Re: Should I call the local hazmat department?? - don't be an idiot like me

    That's one way to whiten your teeth.
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    Katy, TX

    Re: Should I call the local hazmat department?? - don't be an idiot like me

    On the positive side, you won't have any spiders, ants, rodents, or any other vermin getting into your house through that wall!
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    San Dimas, CA (LA County)

    Re: Should I call the local hazmat department?? - don't be an idiot like me

    At this point, it's just salt left. Not especially hazardous.
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