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    New Chemical Plan for Winter

    In Phoenix, my water temps will drop below the 52 degrees needed for my Intellichlor to producine chlorine. Previous winters I just tried to stay on top of it with adding bleach here and there, but like every winter, I get lazy since the pool isn't being used and I always drop to FC 0 at some point. Let me know if I'm missing something here with my plan for this winter:

    Float trichlor
    1) it'll maintain FC
    2) it'll help boost up CYA a bit (I'm always low at the beginning of summer due to loss during the previous swim season)
    3) it'll help with my normal pH rise that I encounter with my salt system

    Any negatives that I'm missing?
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    Re: New Chemical Plan for Winter

    If you aren't using your salt system over the winter, you might not get the ph rise you are expecting.
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    Re: New Chemical Plan for Winter

    I turn off my Intellifo when the water drops below 70 and switch to bleach. Be sure to chlorinate based on non-swg on the FC/CYA Chart. With my cya at 70-80 I keep FC at 12ish. I let FC drop to 8 or 9, test PH and add a jug of bleach which raises FC by 4 ppm in my pool.
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    Re: New Chemical Plan for Winter

    Quote Originally Posted by pooldv View Post
    I turn off my Intellifo when the water drops below 70 and switch to bleach. Be sure to chlorinate based on non-swg on the FC/CYA Chart. With my cya at 70-80 I keep FC at 12ish. I let FC drop to 8 or 9, test PH and add a jug of bleach which raises FC by 4 ppm in my pool.
    Out of curiousity, why do you choose 70 as opposed to a lower number where the Intellichlor will still produce cholorine (i.e. 60)
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    Re: New Chemical Plan for Winter

    I start getting too many low salt errors and it isn't worth the hassle. I'd rather just add bleach than wonder if the cell is working today or not.
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    Re: New Chemical Plan for Winter

    Thanks for the input everybody in this thread already. Just curious to hear if anybody floats pucks in their saltwater pool during the winter?


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    Re: New Chemical Plan for Winter

    I never have in 5 years. I have been thinking about getting a floater and giving it a whirl on vaca and over winter. But, I have never bought a puck, ever and I kinda like that track record. I think it is a good idea and it's an easy way to keep your CYA level up where you want it.
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