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    Bleach directly to skimmer

    Been using TFPC method for a few weeks now
    Bleach addition has been around 60 oz daily in the evenings to go from Fc 4 to 6
    Was away for a day and my neighbor was kind enough to add for me but to keep it easy for him I simply asked him to pour into the skimmer
    Should this cause any problems?
    Hope I didn't goof up
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    Re: Bleach directly to skimmer

    A day or so probably won't kill anything, but I'd avoid it on a any regular basis. That's a lot of chlorine to hit those pump seals directly without being circulated in the pool I'd think.
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    Re: Bleach directly to skimmer

    For a day you'll be fine. Next time you leave for a day, there's nothing wrong with adding a double dose right before you leave. What's your CYA level?
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    Re: Bleach directly to skimmer

    It probably won't be a problem, especially if it was only done once or twice. If you have anything metal in the system, it could cause corrosion if it were done every day for a long time. If you have a tab feeder, it could get in with the tabs and cause a reaction.

    Most likely, you're fine. From now on, I would recommend adding the bleach directly into the pool over the return stream.

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    Re: Bleach directly to skimmer

    Quote Originally Posted by Smykowski View Post
    For a day you'll be fine. Next time you leave for a day, there's nothing wrong with adding a double dose right before you leave. What's your CYA level?
    CYA is 40
    I may look into doing tabs when away next time
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