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    So how long does Trichlor last?

    We often get asked by people wanting to switch to using bleach, but already own a tub of trichlor, just how long it will last. Well today I needed a couple of trichlor pucks (CYA and FC a little low, plus needed to lower pH a little), and happened to have an unoppened 37.5 pound tub of trichlor that was bought in either 2008 or early 2009 and stored in a semi sheltered location exposed somewhat to the elements (shelf in screened in BBQ house), I broke the safety tab off the bucket and opened it. I found the desiccant pack had turned brown and looked sort of nasty and 3 of the trichlor pucks had brown soft spots on them the largest spot was about the size of a quarter, the rest looked like new, except for one that was broken in half. The location where the tub was stored is partly sheltered from sunlight, but there was noticeable fading of the printing on the tub, is sometimes exposed to rain if the wind is blowing right, and is subject to some freezing temperatures in the winter, rarely below the mid 20's and highs around 100 degrees F in the summer (southern exposure location). Note these were bulk packed trichlor pucks, not the individually wrapped ones that are more common now.

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    Re: So how long does Trichlor last?

    If Trichlor is kept dry, it will last for many years. The degradation occurred because the desiccant packs absorbed all the water vapor in the tub and pucks (which have a small amount of water in them from manufacturing) after which additional water vapor causes the Trichlor to break down to carbon dioxide, nitrate, and nitrogen trichloride. Basically the Trichlor dissolves in the water producing very acidic concentrated chlorine that then breaks down. Did it have a nasty smell when you opened it? If not, then there wasn't much degradation.
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    Re: So how long does Trichlor last?

    No noticeable smell, I have opened partly full tubs of trichlor in the past and almost been knocked out by the fumes, so I tend to be careful. This is of course in Louisiana where we often have 90+% humidity and 90+ degree weather in the summer. Still this gives some sort of baseline in less than ideal storage conditions for a factory sealed container.
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