Here we are... the hottest day on record in the Pacific Northwest...
And my pump decided to die on my 15,000 gallon in ground plaster pool.
I had JUST gotten the water just about perfect, bringing it back from swamp like conditions about 2 months ago.
I don't have my numbers, but they are just about right on. Water is crystal clear, and 2 days ago, I added 1/2 of my Borax treatment, so I should be about 25 ppm Borates, but that's untested.
I've been using trichlor tablets for maintenance, and lithium (Burn Out 35) for shock, though I just started using dichlor as I found a great deal.
I called the pool repair place, and they are due out in about five days.
I asked them what I should do in the mean time, and if it was safe to swim.
They suggested I add liquid clorine, and it should be safe to swim as long as I keep the chlorine levels elevated.
When I said: "Oh... OK... so I can just use bleech..." he said "Oh no way would we recomend that. In addition to chlorine, it has a bunch of additives which are bad for your equipment."
Although I suspect that he just wants me to buy their chemicals, the statement leads me to wonder if he knows what he is talking about. So, I seek a 2nd opinion.
Over the next five days, with record high temperatures, should I just attempt to maintain my chlorine levels with bleech, and continue swimming? Or should I put the pool off limits until I get the pump running?
Any additional advice?
Any help is much appreciated.