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    Salt Water Generator Just Died!

    So.... We've had our pool open and it's been sparkling clean. Now our salt water generator decides to die. We're going to be without it for 5-6 days. That means the pump can't run. Any ideas of how to try to keep the pool from turning into a swamp?

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    Re: Salt Water Generator Just Died!

    Bleach. Doesn't matter if it's made poolside or at some huge factory somewhere and bottled up in plastic jugs. Same stuff.

    Use the bleach setting on poolmath and pour it in front of a return jet. Problem solved. Unless the pump died, too. Then break out the brush and keep things mixed.

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    Re: Salt Water Generator Just Died!

    Not sure what kind of equipment you have since your signature doesn't list your pool & equipment, so I'm assuming this is a pump/SWG combo? No way to bypass it to leave the pump on only? If not, at least slowly add some regular bleach to the water and brush it around to maintain that FC. That should give you a little breathing room until you can get the system running again. You can always add bleach as much as needed, just make sure to manually get it mixed around.
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    Re: Salt Water Generator Just Died!

    No pump. Our SWG runs our pump. I have the Aquabot in there but I doubt it's going to do much.

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    Use pool math to determine how much bleach to pour in.
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    Re: Salt Water Generator Just Died!

    Quote Originally Posted by WASP View Post
    Use pool math to determine how much bleach to pour in.
    How often do you think I'll have to bleach it in the next 5-6 days?

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    Re: Salt Water Generator Just Died!

    I'm new but from what I gather 1/2 gallon per day should get you by. It's a loaded question with no pool info in your sig though.

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    Re: Salt Water Generator Just Died!

    Why can't the pump run?
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    Re: Salt Water Generator Just Died!

    Quote Originally Posted by rustyshakelford View Post
    I'm new but from what I gather 1/2 gallon per day should get you by. It's a loaded question with no pool info in your sig though.

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    We have a fiberglass pool. 18 ft wide X 44 ft long, 8ft deep. I'm not sure how many gallons it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnT View Post
    Why can't the pump run?
    The pump is powered by our salt water generator. It is dead. We have taken it apart and have to ship it to Florida for repair /rebuild.

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    Usually the swg runs when the pump runs. Just because the swg isn't working doesn't mean the pump can't still work. If you need to replace the section of pipe where the swg usually is I would consider that before letting my pool sit stagnent.

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    Re: Salt Water Generator Just Died!

    The panel that powers the SWG and pump has been removed. I don't see any way we can get power to the pump.

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    Re: Salt Water Generator Just Died!

    Something you might consider in this unusual situation is renting a submersible pump. That way you could at least keep water and chemical moving until you can find a more permanent solution. It's been done before.
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    Re: Salt Water Generator Just Died!

    Add bleach to maintain FC at target for your CYA, Chlorine CYA Chart, and brush daily.
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    Re: Salt Water Generator Just Died!

    Quote Originally Posted by Texas Splash View Post
    Something you might consider in this unusual situation is renting a submersible pump. That way you could at least keep water and chemical moving until you can find a more permanent solution. It's been done before.
    We need to look into that, for sure. I have our Aquabot in now. I figured some water movement was better than none.

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    Re: Salt Water Generator Just Died!

    Just add enough bleach each day to raise FC to target for your CYA, Chlorine CYA Chart and then brush the pool to mix it up.
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    Re: Salt Water Generator Just Died!

    Is it an AutoPilot DIG220?

    What's left on the wall?

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    Re: Salt Water Generator Just Died!

    Mod note: Two threads merged. Please only open one thread per problem. Thanks!
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    Re: Salt Water Generator Just Died!

    I thought I answered that question twice!
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    Re: Salt Water Generator Just Died!

    Sorry about that! Wasn't sure where to post it.

    Fiberglass
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    Re: Salt Water Generator Just Died!

    Quote Originally Posted by JamesW View Post
    Is it an AutoPilot DIG220?

    What's left on the wall?
    Nothing. There's no way to get power to the pump without the SWG.

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