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    Hi,

    So we had a big party over the weekend with heavy swimming of 15 kids. I added extra 2-3 ppm of liquid chlorine right before the party and a little right after. My current FC reading is at 8 ppm which is slightly above the Target FC (7 ppm) and TC level is always at 0 ppm. Long story short, do you guys normally SLAM after such heavy swimming? Is it necessary to SLAM? Or as long as I can maintain the target Level, I'm safe?

    If I have to SLAM, does it mean I have to bring up to Shock FC level which is 24 ppm? I can't seem to find cheap deals on liquid chlorine around here so usually cost me around $20 for SLAM process..... try to avoid unnecessary step here if possible.

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    Re: Should I SLAM after each heavy swimming?

    No, there is no need to SLAM after a pool party. I would bring FC up to the high end of the normal range, but no need to do the whole SLAM process.

    When you say "TC", I suspect you mean "CC".
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    Re: Should I SLAM after each heavy swimming?

    Thanks for your quick reply. Yeah, I meant the total chlorine, a.k.a. combined chlorine. So I guess we are good for now as my FC is right where it should be.

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    Re: Should I SLAM after each heavy swimming?

    Quote Originally Posted by newbie_pool View Post
    Yeah, I meant the total chlorine, a.k.a. combined chlorine.
    CC is NOT TC

    TC = FC + CC

    From ABCs of Pool Water Chemistry in pool school:

    Combined chlorine is an intermediate breakdown product created in the process of sanitizing the pool. CC causes the "chlorine" smell many people associate with chlorine pools. If CC is above 0.5, you should SLAM your pool. CC indicates that there is something in the water that the FC is in the process of breaking down.
    CC is bad and should be close to 0 in a properly sanitized pool.
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    Re: Should I SLAM after each heavy swimming?

    Quote Originally Posted by svenpup View Post
    CC is NOT TC

    TC = FC + CC

    From ABCs of Pool Water Chemistry in pool school:



    CC is bad and should be close to 0 in a properly sanitized pool.
    Thanks for your clarification. I am always confused between those two. My CC level is 0 when I did the test so even though with heavy swimming, it looked like I am safe as long as my FC and CC are at where they should be.

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    Re: Should I SLAM after each heavy swimming?

    I'm new here, but I just cleaned up my pool, so I feel empowered to give advice. Take it for what its worth...

    I would perform an OCLT a few days ahead of the big swim. That will tell you if you have an existing problem, and give you time to fix it if its not a major problem. Then I would adjust or allow FC to settle to the high end of goal range as suggested above.

    After big swim, perform an OCLT test that night, and react accordingly. Hopefully, all will be well, and you can keep up with routine maintenance and no SLAM will be required.

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