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    Too much salt

    I miscalculated the amount of salt I needed to add at the beginning of this season; the recommendation for my SWG is 6k ppm, and I am currently at 8.5k. Do I need to drain/refill until I reach 6k or am I okay? Will this cause damage to my SWG?

    I really don't want to pooch my SWG in its second season; all/any advice is appreciated.
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    Re: Too much salt

    I don't have an answer for you, but that sounds like an awfully high recommended salt level.
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    Re: Too much salt

    My apologies if this should've been started in a different forum. Mods, please move if this is the case.
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    Re: Too much salt

    Quote Originally Posted by woodyp
    I don't have an answer for you, but can you tell us which salt cell you have? That sounds awfully high.
    Do you mean the recommended lvl? I thought so too last year when I was deciding on which unit to get but was assured that the figure is correct. Here's the link:
    http://www.watermaid.ca/pool-salt-chlorinator.html
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    Re: Too much salt

    I'd lower it to close to the recommended level.
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    Re: Too much salt

    Thanks, BR; not what I wanted to hear but had a feeling I would.
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    Re: Too much salt

    Would the risk of damaging a very expensive salt system be worth saving a few dollars on the cost of water?

    Without knowing the exact dimensions of your pool, here is a good guess as to how much water would need to be replaced.
    Start by draining 18 inches of water and replacing with fresh water.
    Ooops... metric.. Start by draining 45 cm of water and replacing with fresh water.
    Check the salinity; if less than 6000 then you are ok. If greater than 6000 then drain about 10-15 cm more of water and refill.

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    Re: Too much salt

    My water is free, so I was more concerned about losing swimming time, overworking my whole house water pump and throwing off the chemistry of the water, etc. But you're right, a small investment in time and effort could possibly save me an expensive repair or replacement.
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