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    Generic Bleach ok???

    I had a reverse osmosis on my pool water yesterday and was going to get the FC back up using generic household bleach until my SWG gets going, but the technician said that would add other contaminants that could stain my pool. Hype or true? I need to start adding this morning. He said use dichlor.

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    Also, the bleach doesn't say a weight. Pool math is saying 6%. It is a generic I bought at Smart and Final called Simply Value bleach
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    Re: Generic Bleach ok???

    It is fine, technician is confused or misinformed. Bleach, as long as not spashless or a special variety, is the same thing as liquid chlorine or shock that they sell at the pool store. It is just a lower concentration. It only adds chlorine, water and a little salt.

    It the bottle doesn't specify assume 6% strength and dose accordingly.
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    Re: Generic Bleach ok???

    This link might help. Pool School - Recommended Pool Chemicals

    We just grabbed bleach at Walmart. The bottle is 1 Gallon and it says on the side the concentration.



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    Re: Generic Bleach ok???

    Liquid chlorine in all forms (store bleach or pool store LC) adds both salt and lye (sodium hydroxide) to your pool. Also, cheaply manufactured bleach can have metal contamination in it which is the primary cause of high decay rates in cheap bleach. BUT, none of these are at any concentration that would affect your pool. You can very safely use bleach in your new pool water.

    So the tech is likely just retelling the same misunderstood information about liquid chlorine without trying to actually understand what the reality is.
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    Re: Generic Bleach ok???

    You probably already know this but just in case... You are going to need to add some CYA otherwise you will be burning through FC like crazy.
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    Re: Generic Bleach ok???

    Thank you everyone!
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