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    Help with a salt water pool

    I just moved into a house with salt water pool. The volume is about 17,000 G. SWG pump is more then enough for the capacity of pool. I had the pool drained and cleaned a month back. The chlorine level of the water was at 0ppm and the pool superstore recommended to use quick shock chlorine tabs. I used it the level was at 3ppm. 5 days later it was again at 0.1ppm. they pool superstore recommended to quick shock it, which I did. They said it is normal to supershock with chlorine tabs once a week. The pump is set at 70% chlorine production. I was wondering if it is normal to supershock with chlorine every week? Is the pump producing any chlorine at all?
    The test results for the pool are:
    Free chlorine 0.1ppm
    combined chlorine 0.5
    free chlorine 0.4
    ph 8.2 (which i lower with muriatic acid)
    hardness 200
    Alkalinity 136
    Cyanuric acid 15ppm (still dissolving)

    Any help would be greately appreciated
    Thank You

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    Re: Help with a salt water pool

    No, shocking once a week isn't normal but it's the normal recommendation of most pool stores. You only need to shock when there's a problem.

    How did you get those test results?

    One of your problems is you don't have enough CYA in there. How much did you add?
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    Re: Help with a salt water pool

    I added 3 lbs of CYA, i had added about 2lbs more now.
    I got the results at the pool superstore, and then verified with the test strip I bought from them. It is Insta Test 6 test strips.
    could it be due to wrong direction of valves too? I am going to post some pics of the valves, I am not sure if they are in the right position. they were set up by a pool professional though, he seemed a little uncertain when he set them up.

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    Re: Help with a salt water pool

    here are the pics of the valves, there is no marking what valve is for what, Please help.
    the close ups go from left to right.
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    Re: Help with a salt water pool

    2nd and 3rd valve
    Thank You
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    Re: Help with a salt water pool

    The position of the valves have nothing to do with your problems. We'll deal with those later.
    First thing is to get the pH down.
    Then you need to get some chlorine in there. Use liquid chlorine or bleach. Add 1 gal and a qt or 2 small jugs of bleach.
    Then you really need to order a good test kit. There's a link to the best one in my sig.

    What's in the so called 'quick shock'? Just to throw this out there. Shock is a process not a product.
    Is 5 lbs of stabilizer all that you've added? If so you need to add another 5 lbs but wait before adding any more until we figure out if you need to shock.

    Now to the valves.
    Do you have 2 skimmers and a main drain?
    Do you have multiple returns?

    The valve to the returns is set to allow flow to both.
    The valve nearest the pump suction is set to allow flow from both directions.
    The valve in front of the booster pump (right of the pump suction) is set to allow flow from the middle pipe but block flow from the right most pipe.
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    Re: Help with a salt water pool

    I have got the ph down,
    I added more cyanuric acid, but it takesd a long gime to dissolve, should I use the liquid CYA for salt water pool.
    I have 2 skimmers and a main draw.
    I dont know about the returns, how do I check if I have multiple returns?

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    Re: Help with a salt water pool

    Don't add any more CYA until we know what's in there now, and if you need to shock!

    How many places are there that water shoots out into the pool? That's how many returns you have.
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    Re: Help with a salt water pool

    Yes, I have multiple returns to the pool (4-5).
    2 skimmers.
    Is the chlorine production set at 70% Too high?
    Today the chlorine level was 4ppm, total 5ppm, CYA - 40ppm, ph 7.2

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    Re: Help with a salt water pool

    How did you get those results?

    You set the swg percent based on the need. In other words, you test the FC and if it's too high you lower the percentage and if it's too low you raise the percentage.
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    Re: Help with a salt water pool

    Please take yourself to Pool School. Take notes on Test Kits compared, bookmark the Chlorine/CYA chart and the Pool Calculator. Then buy a good test kit, I use the TF100, online only, but there are others. Beware, very often a pool store will claim to have the kit you need then act all surprised when they don't and try to sell you a lesser kit.
    23,000 gallon in ground pool with rock waterfall and spillover spa, Aqualink control system, Polaris 380 cleaner, Purex Triton Clean&Clear Plus cartridge filter. Located in The Woodlands, Texas.

    Pool owner since Nov 2008, Trouble Free since April 2009. Happy to help when I can.

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    Re: Help with a salt water pool

    my results with TF 100 test kit are:
    FC- 1.5ppm
    CC- 0
    TC- 1.5ppm
    Alkalinity - 140
    Calcium Hardness- 250
    CYA- 40
    ph- 8.2
    salt level is good,
    SWG set at 50%

    what should I do to increase the chlorine level?
    should I add quick shock?
    should the ph be lowered after or before that?

    Thank You

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