Does DE have a shelf life?

Pommezimbo

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Oct 14, 2013
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Harare, Zimbabwe
#1
Quick question, have searched as best I can but cannot find if this has been asked before. Basically I have been hunting around where I live for DE (more about the challenges for pool care in Zimbabwe detailed in this: http://www.troublefreepool.com/no-way-to-obtain-fas-dpd-test-t71335.html post) for about 6 months now in order to experiment with the method of adding small amounts to sand filter for added water polish/ filtering.

Today, unexpectedly and finally I came across a guy who had some unopened bags of the stuff (pool grade sold under the name of Africhem, a pool chemical company in SA) he said it had been lying around for years, between 5-20 years he didn't know as he didn't buy it. He reckoned it was out of date now so gave it to me for free. :whoot:

Does this stuff go bad?

I hope not as then I have 10kg's of it for free!!!!!!

Cheers as always for help and input received.

Mike
 

Bama Rambler

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#2
It does not go bad per-se. There are things that could happen to it to make it unusable but if it's still in bags, is still powder and is still white, it's good.
 

Pommezimbo

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Oct 14, 2013
27
Harare, Zimbabwe
#7
Thank's for the tip leebo, how can I tell if that has happened, does it clump up or something?
Glad you mentioned that actually :goodjob: as was going to leave by the filter but now will move inside to keep dry out of rain etc
 

Leebo

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Normally if the bag is unopened it's OK, but being so old you never know. Kinda feel the bag, and it should feel like a bag of flour. If it's hard, it's got wet.

Now that I re-read and see it was free enjoy. You got a score!