How much salt is too much

Partsjockey

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Aug 4, 2013
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Ottawa,Ontario
Good Day
We have a T-9 cell w/Pro Logic P4 the pool place where I had my water tested today said that 3800 ppm was to much salt is this true I'm not sure can someone help please and thanks
 

JasonLion

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As long as the high salt light is not lit you should be fine. I think the high salt light goes on around 4000. The salt level will tend to go down over the course of the season.
 

Partsjockey

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Aug 4, 2013
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Ottawa,Ontario
Thanks, the pool company wanted me to take about 6 inches of water out and I asked why not ride it out they replied it was hard on the SWG, skimmer and a couple of other parts. This pool thing is really confusing lol. But you guys are making it somewhat easier a BIG THANKS eh
 

jblizzle

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As Jason said, it is fine. I started mine out that high this year.

It seems that pool stores tend make things more confusing than they should be due to their inaccurate information and recommendations.
 

JasonLion

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Salt levels have to get well over 5,000 before there is any real risk to the pool. The SWG will stop working around 4,000, but won't be damaged by levels either above or below that level.
 

rmturner54

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Jul 6, 2013
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Waxahachie, Tx.
I am becoming a true believer in my own testing.....I have watched them at the pool store, they go so fast when performing the tests its hard to keep up. I caught them fudging the test numbers or a mistake once when I was having my own test results compared. I would ask what the results were from each test and write it down as they entered them in the computer for printing out. One particular test result was higher on the print out than what I was told. I showed the guy and the look on his face said it all.
If I had not been reading pool school and using pool math, I would have been buying needless supplies.
The real question should be: why do you trust the pool store test?
 

Richard320

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Jan 6, 2010
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I am becoming a true believer in my own testing.....I have watched them at the pool store, they go so fast when performing the tests its hard to keep up. I caught them fudging the test numbers or a mistake once when I was having my own test results compared. I would ask what the results were from each test and write it down as they entered them in the computer for printing out. One particular test result was higher on the print out than what I was told. I showed the guy and the look on his face said it all.
If I had not been reading pool school and using pool math, I would have been buying needless supplies.
He may have just been using pool store shorthand.

99 on CYA means "Off the scale."
300 on CH means "Stopped testing at that point."
 
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