Is testing salt water an ongoing process as the other tests?

OGSW20

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Jun 11, 2019
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San Jose, CA
I understand that we will need to constantly monitor the pool chemistry for FC, PH, TA, CH, CYA. Do we also need to monitor salt levels constantly or once the salt is in and at the right levels, we are done? Wondering if I should invest in a K-1766 or skip it once my PB has the right salt level in the pool?

Also, when should the salt be added to a new pool?
 

crabboy

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Jul 24, 2007
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Suwanee, GA
I have it and rarely use it, actually I got by years without one, I just used the reading on my SWG. If I test the salt once a year with the K-1766 it's a lot. I'd say skip it.
 
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OGSW20

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Jun 11, 2019
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San Jose, CA
I have it and rarely use it, actually I got by years without one, I just used the reading on my SWG. If I test the salt once a year with the K-1766 it's a lot. I'd say skip it.
That's what I was thinking. I believe my SWG will have a reading as well. Thanks for your input!
 

mguzzy

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Jul 8, 2015
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You are in San Jose.. I presume California.. If so.. the answer is you only need to test it when you are getting the salt level correct at the start of the season. you will likely not be draining the pool except in the winter due to the rains. During the summer any evaporation you have only removes water, it does not remove the salt, that stays in solution. I tend to use the salinity reading on my equipment and have only really used a salt test once a year to check it.

Are you running on your salt generator now?
 
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OGSW20

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You are in San Jose.. I presume California.. If so.. the answer is you only need to test it when you are getting the salt level correct at the start of the season. you will likely not be draining the pool except in the winter due to the rains. During the summer any evaporation you have only removes water, it does not remove the salt, that stays in solution. I tend to use the salinity reading on my equipment and have only really used a salt test once a year to check it.

Are you running on your salt generator now?
Yes, in San Jose, CA. The SWG is not currently running. The PB only has the pumps running to cycle through the water since its a new build. I was told the salt will need to be added at a later time after the plaster cures and the equipment/water chemistry is all set.
 

JJ_Tex

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Jul 17, 2019
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Prosper, TX (DFW)
We are a new build as well, but I went ahead and ordered the salt test as well as the TF-100 so I could take advantage of the free shipping. My understanding is that salt goes in at 30 days, after the plaster has cured. I figure I'll test the salt until I can get the SWG figured out, then back off.
 
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Jimrahbe

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SWCG salt levels are notoriously inaccurate.. While I don't use my Taylor K-1766 often, I do use it.. You need to be able to know what the "actual" salt level is vs. what the cell "thinks" it is...

If my cell suddenly says that my salt level is way low, or way high.. I want to know if I have a cell problem or a salt problem..

We have seen many times where the pool owner keeps adding salt trying to bring the levels up and ends up with 5000 ppm in their pool before realizing the SWCG was the problem.

Thanks,

Jim R.
 
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OGSW20

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Jun 11, 2019
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San Jose, CA
SWCG salt levels are notoriously inaccurate.. While I don't use my Taylor K-1766 often, I do use it.. You need to be able to know what the "actual" salt level is vs. what the cell "thinks" it is...

If my cell suddenly says that my salt level is way low, or way high.. I want to know if I have a cell problem or a salt problem..

We have seen many times where the pool owner keeps adding salt trying to bring the levels up and ends up with 5000 ppm in their pool before realizing the SWCG was the problem.

Thanks,

Jim R.
Good to know Jim! Thanks!
 

OGSW20

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Jun 11, 2019
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San Jose, CA
We are a new build as well, but I went ahead and ordered the salt test as well as the TF-100 so I could take advantage of the free shipping. My understanding is that salt goes in at 30 days, after the plaster has cured. I figure I'll test the salt until I can get the SWG figured out, then back off.
Thanks for the confirmation about the 30 day mark
 

mguzzy

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Jul 8, 2015
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OV, CA
SWCG salt levels are notoriously inaccurate.. While I don't use my Taylor K-1766 often, I do use it.. You need to be able to know what the "actual" salt level is vs. what the cell "thinks" it is...

If my cell suddenly says that my salt level is way low, or way high.. I want to know if I have a cell problem or a salt problem..

We have seen many times where the pool owner keeps adding salt trying to bring the levels up and ends up with 5000 ppm in their pool before realizing the SWCG was the problem.

Thanks,

Jim R.
What Jim said.. and BTW that was how I determined it was time for a new cell.. When my salt readings went haywire, but the test was saying the salinity was fine. You guys with new cells won't experience it for hopefully 5 years or longer..