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    Opening salt water poll versus chemical pools

    When I open my salt water pool are there any differences in what I need to test from the chemical pools? I've left my pool open throughout the winter and the water is still crystal clear, but I would like to make sure everything is good for the season. Also, how often should I check readings and which ones need to be monitored? I purchased the TF-100 kit a few weeks ago for use.

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    Re: Opening salt water poll versus chemical pools

    Welcome to TFP! Good job on getting the TF100.

    Here is a basic intro to water chemistry, ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry

    Here is what you are looking for in a saltwater pool, Water Balance for SWCGs

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    Re: Opening salt water poll versus chemical pools

    A salt pool is really a chlorine pool, it is just that you manufacture your own chlorine. You will need to make sure the salt level is correct for you SWCG and that the pool temperature is above that which your SWCG will produce chlorine. Until the SWCG is running make sure you manually add chlorine to the pool to keep the algae at bay.

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    Re: Opening salt water poll versus chemical pools

    Thank you so much for the information. This site is a great addition to my new pool life.

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    Re: Opening salt water poll versus chemical pools

    Great to hear!

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    Re: Opening salt water poll versus chemical pools

    Welcome to TFP.

    First thing that I do is check my salt level with my Taylor salt kit and the rest of the panel with my trusty Taylor kit.

    I use liquid chlorine to shock the pool initially and "jump start" the chlorine generator.

    Other than that I throw my robot in and let it do work.

    Once up and running during the hot summer months I like to throw in a quart or so of LC weekly along with the required MA that it takes to keep my ph down. That allows me to keep my swg running at 60-70% all summer. My salt cell will be 4 years old this year and isn't one of the high dollar systems (compupool).. Knock on wood it lasts this whole summer again!!


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