Using Polaris 360 at high chlorine levels

tim_pool_newbie

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Oct 6, 2009
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I'm in the midst of shocking my pool, and based on my CYA level of 60 am having to keep my chlorine level at 24. Is this level of chlorine safe for my Polaris 360?

Is there a particular level at which the chlorine could do any damage to the cleaner? I thought I saw in another post where somebody recommended not using the cleaner while adding bleach. I can understand perhaps not while I'm actually adding the liquid chlorine, but once it's been in a little while and mixed into the water, is it safe to use the cleaner?

Thanks,
Tim
 

dandelions

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Aug 14, 2010
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Northern Virginia
I had the same question. I have developed an algae problem for the first time, but my pool (new to us) is directly under two oak trees so I have many acorns coming into the pool. Should I be using the manual vacuum through the skimmer basket to collect them instead of the Polaris while I go through this shock process for the algae?
 

PoolGuyNJ

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May 20, 2007
3,192
South Central NJ
Yup. Just so you know, the acorns will release the agent that colors them. It will leave a temporary stain if they sit too long. You must either use a leaf catcher on the hose or vacuum plate over the skimmer basket. I would hate to see you get an acorn clog in the skimmer line or a broken pump basket from the acorns coming into the pump at speed.

Scott
 

dandelions

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Aug 14, 2010
13
Northern Virginia
Thank you. Yes, I realize that the acorns stain very quickly as I have been fighting them all month. That's why I was so worried when I read here that I could not use the Polaris. I have been using the leaf catcher with a garden hose and the vacuum plate over the skimmer basket, but they are both painfully slow and not easy to use - the leaf catcher obviously adds a lot of water to the pool that I then have to drain out and the vac plate hose gets jammed with acorns, plus I lose prime easily when disconnecting to clear acorns from skimmer basket.

I have cleared my algae I think, but I am now waiting for the chlorine level to drop from 20 where it was for the shocking process. At what chlorine level is it safe for the Polaris to go in the water again?
 

PoolGuyNJ

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May 20, 2007
3,192
South Central NJ
Short immersions of a couple hours on an infrequent basis won't have much of an effect. Keeping it in the pool all the time during shocking processes is where the life of the hoses (internal ones too) and smaller plastics takes the hit.

If the FC level is on it's way down after the completion of your shocking process and the CYA level is not too high, under 15 ppm FC should be fine.

Acorn stains rarely last long.

Scott