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Thread: Salt Cell Saver/Protector products

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    Grapevine, TX

    Salt Cell Saver/Protector products

    Does anyone know whether either the HTH "Salt Cell Saver" or the Clorox "Salt Cell Protector" does anything good -- or anything bad -- to/for Salt Cells or to/for the pool?

    From their labels:

    - the Clorox (liquid) product says it contains "Polymaleic Acid and Phosphoric Acid"
    - the HTH (dry) product says it contains "Trisodium Nitriloacetate"

    If using one of these actually does slow down calcium scaling in my salt cell or extends its effective life, I'll give it a try. But I just don't know what those chemical are, what they do, or whether there are good reasons I shouldn't be thinking about adding them to my pool.


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    Re: Salt Cell Saver/Protector products

    The best way to stop scaling in your pool and your salt cell is to manage your CSI. Enter all of your test results into PoolMath, don't skip any, they all count. Keep your CSI between -0.3 and 0. I have not had to clean my SWG cell in 4 years.

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    Re: Salt Cell Saver/Protector products

    Are these products used on occasion to clean the SWG instead of just using MA? How are they used?
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    Re: Salt Cell Saver/Protector products

    Those chemicals are metal sequestrants. They will react with calcium and bind it up....up until the point that chlorine destroys them and the calcium is re-released. Save your money and don't bother with them. Keeping your CSI low and less than zero is more effective. You can also add borates to your pool water. Borates will cut the pH rise inside the cell by almost half and it is the high pH inside the cell that is the greatest factor in calcium scaling.
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