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Thread: Is swimming safe without proper water chemistry?

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    Jun 2010
    NB, Canada

    Is swimming safe without proper water chemistry?

    Hi guys,

    My new liner is in and i have those test strips to test the water. I know the water isn't chemically balanced yet, but i'm wondering if it's safe to swim in. I have a 35,000 Gallon in ground. It's chlorine right now, but i'm converting it to SWG this week. Here are the readings based on the strips (which are hard to read accurately):

    CH - 90
    FC - 2
    Alkalinity - 115
    Ph - 7
    Bromine - 2


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    JasonLion's Avatar
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    Re: Is swimming safe without proper water chemistry?

    You need to raise the PH up to at least 7.2 before swimming. Other than that, things look alright for swimming for the moment.
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    Re: Is swimming safe without proper water chemistry?

    And don't forget that a SWCG is still a chlorine pool

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    Re: Is swimming safe without proper water chemistry?

    when you convert from Bromine, I'm pretty sure it's a must to drain the pool first.
    Maybe someone who's dealt with this can verify but, I've always been warned about going from Bromine to using chlorine....salt water system included.

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    San Dimas, CA (LA County)

    Re: Is swimming safe without proper water chemistry?

    Unless you had Bromine in the water, that test isn't really testing anything, so ignore it.

    The pH might be a little rough on the eyes, but you know, you bathe in that water already, so I doubt it's toxic! Some swimming and splashing will help circulate and aerate things, too!
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