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    Calling all Canadians!

    I am interested to know what you are using to Chlorinate your pool. I am having a real hard time determining what the concentration is on the million different kinds of bleach. So far Purox seems to be the best bet for me, but I would like to know what other options are out there.
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    Re: Calling all Canadians!

    We use Clorinating Liquid by AQUATECH (AQUATECH LOGISTICS INC., MISSISSAUGA, ON)

    It has:
    Sodium Hypochloride 10.8%
    Available Chlorine Content 10.3%


    That is the best that you can use!
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    Re: Calling all Canadians!

    I am not from Canada, but I keep hearing about something like Canadien Tire??? Something like that.

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    Re: Calling all Canadians!

    Liquid chlorine sold in pool stores or hardware stores with seasonal departments are all the same at 10.8%. 5 Liters is usually 4.99 or 5.99; more rarely 3.99. Remember when maintaining a seasonal pool, it is often cheaper to use cal-h
    ypo at 65% or 70%.
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    Re: Calling all Canadians!

    Canadian Tire has Aquarius Liquid Chlorine and Purox Liquid Chlorine which are both 5 liters and 10.8% sodium hypochlorite (not trade %).
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    Re: Calling all Canadians!

    The Liquid I buy at my local pool store is 12%, according to them.

    13 and change for 20 L, IIRC.
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    Re: Calling all Canadians!

    Quote Originally Posted by Brendon View Post
    I am interested to know what you are using to Chlorinate your pool.
    Salt water chlorine generator. The only way to go.
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    Re: Calling all Canadians!

    Quote Originally Posted by Eauclaire View Post
    Liquid chlorine sold in pool stores or hardware stores with seasonal departments are all the same at 10.8%. 5 Liters is usually 4.99 or 5.99; more rarely 3.99. Remember when maintaining a seasonal pool, it is often cheaper to use cal-h
    ypo at 65% or 70%.
    As stated per Eauclaire. Cheapest to use calcium hypochlorite for seasonal pools. Best deals for Canadians is the HTH 18kg 70% bucket found at Costco.

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    Why does it make sense to use calcium hypochlorite for seasonal but not all year pools? And I still say SWCG is best!
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    Re: Calling all Canadians!

    Quote Originally Posted by wayner View Post
    Why does it make sense to use calcium hypochlorite for seasonal but not all year pools? And I still say SWCG is best!
    In a seasonal pool you would most likely be dumping the water and storing the pool, so the calcium wouldn't build up to a really high level. In a permanent pool the calcium would soon be too high and some water would have to be dumped to keep it in check.


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    Re: Calling all Canadians!

    Wayner, in seasonal pools, there is a bi annual drawdown of pool water; one in the autumn and another in the Spring, which dilutes the calcium hardness acquired through cal hypo additions over the previous swimming season. As pointed out by others here, prolonged use of cal hypo with no seasonal water replacement leads to elevated hardness and the possibility of scaling, so liquid chlorine is preferred. SWCG is perhaps more 'maintenance-free', during routine chlorination, but I don't see too many advantages due to our short swimming season, compared to SWCG running year round.
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    Re: Calling all Canadians!

    Ok,I wasn't aware of the calcium issue. The biggest advantage of SWCG is the vastly reduced regular maintenance. Once you get your salt and CYA levels right in the spring you are good. You may not have to add anything for the balance of the season. No dumping chlorine liquid or solids. Way easier. Nothing else to buy, no chemicals to touch. What's not to like?
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    Re: Calling all Canadians!

    A city of Toronto bylaw forbids discharging salt water pools into the storm drainage system, you have to use your own connection to the sanitary system, is that what you do?
    Also if your pool structure is aluminium, are you not concerned about accelerated corrosion of the support structure?
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    Re: Calling all Canadians!

    I have a vinyl in-ground pool - I don't know what the support structure is made of but I haven't had any issues in the 8-9 years since I had the pool built.
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    Re: Calling all Canadians!

    Also Keep in mind that SWCG continuously raises your pH level as it operates.

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    Re: Calling all Canadians!

    SWCG here as well in MTL.
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    Re: Calling all Canadians!

    In Ontario, the best source I've found for liquid chlorine is Pioneer Pools. $5.99 for 10 litres of 11%. Sometimes it's on sale for $4.99. As for SWG pools, I've never heard of any restrictions on backwashing into the storms. With all the salt dumped on the roads in the winter it's hard to see how a smidgen more in the summer can be a problem. I'm not a SWG fan because I just prefer fresh water to salty. I also worry about corrosion after seeing the rust on the walls of my neighbour's SWG pool after only 8 years. That said, there's no question that it's the easiest way to chlorinate.
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    Re: Calling all Canadians!

    Swg in montreal as well. I usually use 4-5 bags a year. Costco sells them for 6.99 each. Keeping my CYA at 70-80 works fine for me. Used Cal-Hypo for a one tine SLAM at the beginning of the season since the SWG cant get up to the FC levels needed for the SLAM. Unfortunately, bleach is more expensive vs cal-hypo where I am.
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    Re: Calling all Canadians!

    Hi wayner. Yes, I agree. SWCG is indeed convenient. It's what I use as well. But I would never state that it's "the only way to go". There are frame corrosion issues to be aware of, bylaws for dumping of salt water, stone issues for inground pools, and the up-front cost is very high. It's not a one-size fit's all solution.

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    Re: Calling all Canadians!

    Thanks everyone for your input! I'm just getting informed in order to prepare for opening my pool for the first time after winterizing. I am definitely considering a SWCG - can anyone offer me advice on which kind to purchase?
    15,500 gallons, vinyl, AG. Sand filter, 1 HP Hayward pump, installed June 2015, Taylor K-2006.

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