There are two problems with the buildup of sulfates. First is increased stainless steel corrosion rates when chlorides are present as well. This EPA file describes the situation as follows:
Non-halide salts have little effect on stainless steels, but chlorides particularly tend to promote pitting, crevice corrosion, and stress-corrosion cracking. In some cases sulfates seem to aggravate the effects of chlorides. Chlorides present in amounts as little of 0.3% with sulfates present can produce severe corrosion. Even quite low concentrations of chlorides can cause corrosion when concentrated by occlusion in surface films. Oxidizing chlorides such as ferric or cupric chloride are specific for severe pitting, although halide salts can cause severe pitting and stress corrosion cracking. The austenitic stainless steels are, however, the most susceptible of all the stainless steels to “chloride” stress corrosion cracking.
This basically means that one should be careful about using sulfate-based products in saltwater pools such as those that use chlorine generators and typically have 3000 ppm salt levels or higher.
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