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Thread: How long before swimming after adding borates?

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    How long before swimming after adding borates?

    I am ready to add borates using the boric acid method. After adding the boric acid, how long should I wait before letting the kids back in the water? I would like to add the boric acid either tonight (after the kids are done swimming) or tomorrow morning (while they are at school). If I add it tonight, should I leave the pump running all night?
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    Re: How long before swimming after adding borates?

    Here's the answer Jason gave me.

    You can swim if the FC and PH levels are reasonable and the water is clear. If you are adding borates with borax and acid, they will probably throw off the PH for a few hours. It is best to give the borax and acid four hours to mix without swimming and then double check the PH before getting in. If you are adding borates with boric acid, you only need to wait about 15 minutes before swimming.
    Lynn

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    Re: How long before swimming after adding borates?

    Lynn,

    Thanks for your response. I read a lot of old posts but did not see that one.
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