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Thread: Adding bleach to pool while using a swg

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    Adding bleach to pool while using a swg

    We have an Aqua Rite salt water generator that was installed in October 2004. From time to time, we have used the BBB method to balance our water while the pump was running and our salt water generator was running.

    We believe our cell may have gone out, and we have a service person coming to look at it. My husband mentioned to the service person (a rep who does work for Goldline) that we use bleach sometimes and the rep stated that we should not use bleach with a salt water generator.

    Does anyone know if this is true?

    Thanks for any input.

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    Mar 2007
    San Rafael, CA USA

    Re: Adding bleach to pool while using a swg

    Welcome to TFP!

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with using bleach with an SWG. It is the same as using chlorinating liquid, except not as strong so you need to add more to get to the same Free Chlorine (FC) level. ALL sources of chlorine added to water produce the same identical chlorine in the water. The only differences are in concentration of chemical (i.e. how much you need to add) and whether the chemical adds anything extra to the water. For example, Trichlor and Dichlor increase Cyanuric Acid (CYA) while Cal-Hypo increases Calcium Hardness (CH).

    Did the person give any specific reason as to why using bleach is a problem with an SWG?

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    Silver Spring, MD

    Re: Adding bleach to pool while using a swg

    I agree with chem geek, there is no problem at all using bleach with a SWG.
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    Hillsborough, NC

    Re: Adding bleach to pool while using a swg

    Wonder if he meant shouldn't _have to_ use bleach with a (working) SWG?

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    Brisbane, Australia

    Re: Adding bleach to pool while using a swg

    as above, nothing wrong with using bleach, or any other form of chlorine, for that matter, with SWG

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    Re: Adding bleach to pool while using a swg

    Thanks so very much to everyone for the quick responses! I love this forum! So much valuable information! I did not see anything in everything that I had read that said you couldn't or shouldn't use bleach while the chlorine generator was operating, but the fact that the service rep questioned it made me question myself.

    Spishex, you are probably right. Maybe he was questioning why we were using it with an operating swg. I will get clarification when he comes by to look at our swg.

    Thanks to all of you once again for your help! I'll let you know how everything turns out.


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