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    Can I add borates during SLAM?

    Is it ok to add borates while SLAMing the pool?

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    Re: So you want to add borates to your pool--Why and How

    I don't recommend it. Most ways to add borates also affect pH, and since you can't measure pH during a slam you wouldn't be able to monitor this. Also, borates is considered an optional improvement to water feel with minor algae inhibiting properties. It is not a panacea, and will not help with your SLAM. The single most important thing you ca do to prevent algae is maintaining continuous FC above minimum for CYA level.
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    Re: So you want to add borates to your pool--Why and How

    I waited till after the FC levels came down and did the borates. Between coming off of a slam and adding the borates, the water looks amazing. Also the original problem I was chasing of the swg not keeping up on chlorine has been eliminated. My chlorine demand is low enough that I have to run the swg under 50%.



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    Re: Can I add borates during SLAM?

    I hope your TA was appropriate before you add the borates.
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    Re: Can I add borates during SLAM?

    What's that?



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    Re: Can I add borates during SLAM?

    The point of borates is to slow the pH rise. So you need the TA lowered first. If the TA is high, then the pH is going to want to rise and with borates it will be more difficult to lower it. That is why step 1 of the borates process is lowering the TA.
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    Re: Can I add borates during SLAM?

    I was being sarcastic. I followed to process outlined in the borate guide on this site.



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    Re: Can I add borates during SLAM?

    So instead of replying with a confirmation, you wasted my time ... I see.
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