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    Too much cholrine, safe to swim?

    I had a reoccuring algea problem two weeks ago and the shocks from the pool store has been useless. I poured 15 gallon of 6% bleach into my 14K pool. Now all the algea seems to be dad.
    I took a water test, it was about 15ppm as of now. Is this too high for swimming? It's been at this level for about 2 weeks. The weather is perfect and I really want to jump in. How long will it go down to a reasonable level. I have a solar cover on. Should I remove it to help the sun to bring the cholrine level down?

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    Re: Too much cholrine, safe to swim?

    Take the cover off. Keeping it on wont let the sun get to the water to burn off some chlorine. Your FC will start to drop. Once it gets below 10ppm you could go swimming ..... if you wish. Others will debate this !

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    Re: Too much cholrine, safe to swim?

    Hi dandan74,

    As TIZ said, there are a number of opinions on safe swimming FC levels and therefore not a clear cut answer.

    IMHO, I feel that anything below shock level for your CYA is alright; but, other people set their line higher or lower than that.

    Wearing an older swimsuit and showering after would seem like a reasonable idea.

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    Re: Too much cholrine, safe to swim?

    I agree, unless you know your CYA level it's hard to determine what "safe" is....
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    Re: Too much cholrine, safe to swim?

    Sure. I will check what equipment is being used. I bought the house two years ago but still a bittle struggle on maintaining the pool. I went to the pool store yestersday and tried to get a CYA tested. But the pool staff said the chroline level is too high and everything is bleached out. They cannot test CYA. Is this true?

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    Re: Too much cholrine, safe to swim?

    I agree with the prior posts but will add that most solar covers would advertise against leaving the cover on as it will ruin the cover and void the warranty. I would also like to stress, (and as previously posted), leaving the cover on will slow down the chlorine consumption as well.
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    Re: Too much cholrine, safe to swim?

    Quote Originally Posted by dandan74
    I had a reoccuring algea problem two weeks ago and the shocks from the pool store has been useless. I poured 15 gallon of 6% bleach into my 14K pool. Now all the algea seems to be dad.
    I took a water test, it was about 15ppm as of now. Is this too high for swimming? It's been at this level for about 2 weeks. The weather is perfect and I really want to jump in. How long will it go down to a reasonable level. I have a solar cover on. Should I remove it to help the sun to bring the cholrine level down?

    Shock to 65 ppm...... that's my kind of shock.

    Next time you could go lower in ppm at shock level but keep that level longer. I say that so I don't get flamed. My Spring shock goes that high.


    Like the other posters said; safe level for swimming is an opinion. It would be good to know what your CYA is.

    Anyhow, in my opinion, take the cover off and let the sun do its work. When the chlorine gets down to 10ppm, I would say that's OK to go in. You might want to take a shower when you get out.

    I would suggest that sometime in the future you get a good test kit so you know exactly what your reading are when you want to know. Just don't let your pool-owning neighbor know you have it.
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    Re: Too much cholrine, safe to swim?

    Quote Originally Posted by dandan74
    Sure. I will check what equipment is being used. I bought the house two years ago but still a bittle struggle on maintaining the pool. I went to the pool store yestersday and tried to get a CYA tested. But the pool staff said the chroline level is too high and everything is bleached out. They cannot test CYA. Is this true?
    No, not true for CYA.
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