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    At what point is it safe to be in the water?

    New pool owner here--thanks to all for the advice so far. At what point after opening in the spring is it safe to be in your water? Assuming the water is clear, do you wait to see any specific testing parameters over a period of time before using the pool? Or is it safe to be in once pH and FC are within normal range?
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    Re: At what point is it safe to be in the water?

    If you can see the bottom, and pH and FC are in range, you probably won't die from getting in. People swim in lakes without ever testing them, right?

    Personally, I like to wait until the water is warm, too.
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    Re: At what point is it safe to be in the water?

    When ph and FC are within normal range its safe. If you are getting more than.5 to 1 of combined chlorimines in your test results you should SLAM and wait until the OCLT has .5 or less.
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    Re: At what point is it safe to be in the water?

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320 View Post
    If you can see the bottom, and pH and FC are in range, you probably won't die from getting in. People swim in lakes without ever testing them, right?

    Personally, I like to wait until the water is warm, too.
    LOL. Great point. Somehow swimming in the lake or ocean never crossed my mind. I prefer it warmer too, but I don't think my labrador will mind the temps much!!!
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