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Thread: Shocking a Intex Saltwater System pool with chlorine?

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    Shocking a Intex Saltwater System pool with chlorine?

    Our Intex Krystal Clear Saltwater System has died. After several days of trying to troubleshot/fix the unit, our water has already begun to turn green.

    A new one is on its way, but it will be two more days before the new unit is here. So my questions to the forum are:

    Will we be able to use the “boost” mode on our new unit and get rid of the ever growing green/algae?

    Or would it be safe to shock the pool in the interim with regular pool chorine granules?

    Does adding chlorine and then using the saltwater system again affect the pool or the saltwater unit?

    Do the “chemicals” that I will be adding remain in the pool, or do they dissipate?

    Thanks in advance for any advice an one can offer.

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    Re: Shocking a Intex Saltwater System pool with chlorine?

    You haven't provided a lot of information about the size of the pool, etc.

    But, you do need to add chlorine immediately. It's unlikely that boost mode will catch up to a pool turning green.

    Add chlorine (liquid is best). And, no, it won't hurt the SWCG.
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    Re: Shocking a Intex Saltwater System pool with chlorine?

    Sorry for not including the pool's info .... our pool is an Intex Ultra Frame pool 16'x48".

    Thanks for your advice!

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    Re: Shocking a Intex Saltwater System pool with chlorine?

    Can not advise on the what you should use to go through the shock PROCESS (read Pool School) since you have not provided your current test results.

    The required shock FC level depends on your CYA level.
    And you should not rely on the SWG to raise the FC. Best to turn it off and use liquid chlorine to follow the process as written in Pool School.
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