insight

Paris, TX

#21 Jun 7, 2010
what and who wrote:
Seriously if you mix your shock with 5 gallons of water and pour it around the outside stiring it with a broom eairly in the morning. The sunlight burns the clorine out by the afternoon. You don't have to wait all that long. With the water at around 80 degrees and up where bacteria and viruses can thrive I just would not feel safe in a salt system. Most hot tubs don't allow chlorine products and I've also considered them unsafe. Once at the Holiday Inn several people were in the hot tub togeather and this guy said do you want to see why their going to cut my leg off and he pulled it up and it was gangreen. People litterally jumped out running. Chlorine is a must for me.
I'm sorry, but you are misinformed about salt systems on pools. THEY ARE CHLORINE POOLS, the chlorine is converted from salt. You can take a normal, off the shelf chlorine test kit and check the water and find that it has chlorine in it. On the system I had, I could flip a switch and it would automatically increase the chlorine level to "shock" levels. You might think that algae would grow most during dark hours, but it actually will grow more readily during daylight, so it is recommended that you run your pump and filter at least 8 hours per day with most of that being in daylight hours.
There is nothing unsanitary about salt water pools in a residential setting. You won't find many in commercial pools yet though.
whoisnext

United States

#22 Jun 29, 2010
FED UP wrote:
i put my new pool up this wkend w/ a saltwater system, added all the chemicals like i was told to do. my pool is now sparkling clear and has a greenish tint. when i clean the filter it has a copper penny look to it. there is a brown ring where the water level is. my levels were checked at the local pool shop and everything is in range.. does any one have any suggestions/ advise or whatever...please
So what did you ever do to correct the green color? I was in Wal-Mart the other day and I heard a woman asking the folks at Wal-Mart what to do for the Saltwater system they had that was turning green...
fed up no more

United States

#23 Jun 30, 2010
whoisnext wrote:
<quoted text>So what did you ever do to correct the green color? I was in Wal-Mart the other day and I heard a woman asking the folks at Wal-Mart what to do for the Saltwater system they had that was turning green...
hey actually it did clear up on its own, using the saltwater system. I just kept changing the filter twice a day ( i cleaned them w/ the hose) and abt a wk of doing that the pool came out beautifully and is still crystal clear...I love it and thanks..
why

United States

#24 Jul 1, 2010
Poster number 8 found a web site/answer to the question of chlorine in a saltwater pool I read it and they say you can use a shock in a saltwater pool if necessary because a chlorinator does need a little intervention from time to time. I too have a s/w pool and sometimes I don't get the chance to run the chlorinator during the heat of the day and I have had to add a little (very little) shock to my pool. I add it and run just the filter for 8 hours or longer then run the chlorinator the next day. That keeps the green down and water clean. And just fyi - if you have a pool I was in walmart this morning and they are not ordering anymore pool supplies etc until next year and won't order salt for about another 3 weeks - so if you need it better head over. (Atwoods has some stuff but not much left)
lost

Salem, OR

#25 Jul 20, 2010
I just put in my salt water system and ran it last night today while I was at work they took the cover off and within 2 hours the water turned green. We were told to use the boost on the system and since the water is brown? Do we continue to run the boost system? Run the regular cycle? Put bleach in? Baking Soda? Lordy, I am lost for sure!
no need to worry

United States

#26 Jul 21, 2010
lost wrote:
I just put in my salt water system and ran it last night today while I was at work they took the cover off and within 2 hours the water turned green. We were told to use the boost on the system and since the water is brown? Do we continue to run the boost system? Run the regular cycle? Put bleach in? Baking Soda? Lordy, I am lost for sure!
take a sample of ur pool water up to a pool specialist and they will do the rest...
Att customer

Carson, CA

#27 Jul 25, 2010
lost wrote:
I just put in my salt water system and ran it last night today while I was at work they took the cover off and within 2 hours the water turned green. We were told to use the boost on the system and since the water is brown? Do we continue to run the boost system? Run the regular cycle? Put bleach in? Baking Soda? Lordy, I am lost for sure!
What did you ever end up doing? I have a 18 foot above ground that is salt water. I put in my 6 40 pound bags of salt at start up and ran just the filter (not the chlorinator) for 24 hours and then started the chlorinator and ran it for 7 hours - I usually run it at night but since it is so hot I run it first thing in the morning. Atwoods has a shock that is called Shock and Clear (?) its in a orange and blue 1 pound bag. I have to put one bag in once a week because otherwise I get some green but not much. I have heavy pool use and this helps with the bacteria - because no matter how many times you tell someone not to pee in the water - well it happens. When I try to run my Chlorinator longer I get a high salt warning - so I just turn the filter on and let it run a bit just to keep the water moving. Ive taken a water sample to a pool store and they did not know anymore then I tried or knew. Try that shock and clear - it does not mess with the Ph and no chlorine smell at all. good luck!
florida

United States

#29 Aug 27, 2010
the intex and similar salt systems work like this. there is a titanium plate that breaks down the salt AND the water to make chlorine. you do not add shock or chlorine to a saltwater system, for it makes the chlorine. there is also a copper electrode that produces copper ions. The equivalent of shocking a freshwater pool is running the BOOST on the salt water system. if you add chlorine made for freshwater pools, not only will you ruin the titanium plate and the copper electrode(You may ask why a system that makes chlorine, can be destroyed by it. The chlorine made by the system is made to break down before re-entering the system), but you will also etch the pool bottom and possibly the sides, which if you have the plastic pool, it will destroy it over time. hence the reason that the saltwater system makes chlorine. thats the reason for adding the salt. All of this is listed in the saltwater system manual. the greenish color is commonly from well water filled pools, also the brown on the bottom is most likely iron. get a metal testing kit and test the water. also make sure you add the right amount of salt as well. if you add too little, the chlorine production will be too low. IF YOU NEED TO SHOCK YOUR POOL AND YOU ARE RUNNING A SALTWATER SYSTEM, DO NOT ADD SHOCK!!!!! PRESS THE BOOST BUTTON OR EQUIVELENT TO INCREASE CHLORINE PRODUCTION. hope this helps, its all in my manual.
Good Luck
MorrowGA

Miami, FL

#30 Jul 20, 2011
Woobies wrote:
<quoted text>I see, gotcha. Now, it is a salt tablet then, correct? I just remember someone with a salt pool telling me they still have to add tablets. I knew it still utilized chlorine...just not sure how. Thanks for the clarification.
I have a salt water system on my Summer Escapes Metal Frame 15x48 and I still need to had 1" tablets to maintain the chlorine, because levels are low in the day because if you read your handbook, it clearly states Chlorine is absorbed during daylight. Thanks.
Pool

Charleston, WV

#32 May 10, 2012
I have a new salt water pool...I already have all the salt and chemicals in to start the 'cleaning' process. But, I forget which switch to turn to inorder to get my manual sweeper going. Any advice would be great. These dealers want to charge an arm and leg to just come to the house. Thank you :)
noyoudidnt

United States

#33 May 12, 2012
Pool wrote:
I have a new salt water pool...I already have all the salt and chemicals in to start the 'cleaning' process. But, I forget which switch to turn to inorder to get my manual sweeper going. Any advice would be great. These dealers want to charge an arm and leg to just come to the house. Thank you :)
is it your vacuum head that you use to remove debris from the bottom? If so hook up the hoses, attach vacuum head, then dunk the hose and work out all the air. Then once that is done turn on pump and carefully put Skimmer attachment in the Skimmer unit itself and then sweep away. I'm guessing this is what you were talking about. I had a saltwater pool for 3 years. I finally gave up as everything was rusting. Speaking of this at end if season take pump off and wash with clean water. Otherwise bottom will rust out. I went with a sand filter system this year simply because we have a 24 foot pool and I needed the extra umph to to pull that much water.
Mark

Chico, CA

#34 May 23, 2012
The reason people are finding low chlorine levels during the day is because saltwater generators produce unstailized chlorine. You need to add chlorine stabilizer (cyuranic acid) to stop the UV rays dissociating the produced chlorine. Without stabilizer the Caroline the generator produces will be gone in a couple of hours.

As an example, you need to add 1lb of stabilizer for a 15x42 intex pool. This is all documented in the manual.
Mark

Chico, CA

#35 May 23, 2012
Darn auto-correct, 'caroline' should be 'chlorine'.
kahilat

Granger, IN

#36 May 26, 2012
pls help someone. i have an intex 15' x 42" pool. it was filled up yesterday and todqy when i woke up its green. i just have the regular filter that came with it. new cartridge filter was installed yesterday. pls pls help. the kids are dying to get in
alreadyagoner

United States

#37 May 27, 2012
kahilat wrote:
pls help someone. i have an intex 15' x 42" pool. it was filled up yesterday and todqy when i woke up its green. i just have the regular filter that came with it. new cartridge filter was installed yesterday. pls pls help. the kids are dying to get in
you need to get shock and swim or just an algecide (Sp) its the powder form. With the weather as warm as it is you will need to add chemicals right off the bat. I use a shock once a week whether we have been in pool or not. And use a Sanitizer when ppl have been in pool.
confused

Louisville, KY

#38 Jun 20, 2012
I have an 18 x 52 saltwater pool. The copper ion is getting a blue build up on it. This happened last summer and the result after swimming all day, my hair was green. Any idea what is causing this and what I can do to fix it?
realitybites

United States

#39 Jun 20, 2012
I saw in Walmart an additive to put in your pool to clean the ionization plate thing. It is a liquid. I no longer have a salt water pool as I too went with sand pump. I was buying tablets and happened to notice that liquid. Hope you can figure it out. Have you tried Google? You may find someone with that same issue. Good luck.
I know What Happened

Paris, TX

#40 Jun 20, 2012
I have the same kind of pool with a salt system. This happened to me last summer also. What has happened is you have to much copper in the water. That is because you hit the boost button on the salt system to many times. to fix it you need to drain 1/3 of your pool and refill. Ours was so bad that it stained the sides so bad that I drained the whole pool to clean the sides. After trying to clean the thing with about $50 worth of cleaning products, we found out if you spray plain vinegar on it and let it sit for a few minutes it will just wash off. Hope this helps.
P.s. Read the salt water manual and it will explain the whole copper making thing.
Dan

Elk River, MN

#41 Jul 29, 2012
I am confused, please help. I am not sure if I should be doing boost more or draining part of my pool.
Here is my situation:
Prior to starting up my SW filter, the water was crystal clear.
I ran the filter for 2 hours (15'x48" pool). The water had a green tint.
I checked the copper and it was reading at 0.
I ran the SW filter on boost over night. It now turned a darker green tint.
Copper is maybe reading at .1.
The ph is off the chart showing a bright pink.
The free chlorine is reading below .2.
The Total Alkalinity is reading between 120 and 150.
What should I be doing?
Thanks for your help in advance.
YankeeGirlz

Pooler, GA

#43 Jun 9, 2013
Buddy B wrote:
<quoted text>Sure you do...when you shock the pool, you should use granulated chlorine...
according to my manual, to shock the pool, you use the boost button on the pump

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