Salt = Chlorine?

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Salt = Chlorine?

Postby Scarlett » Wed 10 Jan, 2007 03:46

Ok i know this is a stupid question but on the test kits does the chlorine level result reflect the ammount of salt in the pool?

i have a salt water pool with a thing that is supposed to turn the salt to chlorine
when i test it shows low levels of chlorine
but the pool water tastes very salty
i am also having ph problems in that the pool requires frequent acid top ups to maintain the ph
is that normal?

i know stupid questions
but once the pool was finished we had absolutely no hand over on maintainence as they guy was then trying to sell someone coming around each week to do the work


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Postby dynamictiger » Wed 10 Jan, 2007 04:15

I think you are not running the system long enough. THis is a common problem. Pool builders seem to think split 4 hour run cycles are sufficent. They aren't. Try running the pool overnight for 8 hours in a row and then test the chlorine in the morning.

There are other things we can check, but let's start here first.

Let me know how you go.

HTH
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Postby Scarlett » Sun 14 Jan, 2007 15:44

the pool filters for a total of 10 hrs in summer (which it is here right now)
3 hrs in the morning and 7 hrs in the evening
with the filter running for 3hrs after we have finished using it

thanks for your help
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Postby dynamictiger » Sun 14 Jan, 2007 16:30

Sorry Scarlett I don't know if this has solved the issue or not. Are you getting chlorine now or not with this run cycle?
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Postby Scarlett » Mon 15 Jan, 2007 02:01

its still registering as low when i test
but i also think i have some black algae on the walls
so i suppose that will be adding to the chlorine drain
i will get the stuff to treat the algie tomorrow and see how it goes
thanks for yr help
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Postby dynamictiger » Mon 15 Jan, 2007 03:23

Please tell me the make and model of the chlorinator you have so I can check the output. I also need your pool volume please.

Is your salt cell clean? I should have asked this earlier.
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Postby Scarlett » Sun 04 Feb, 2007 02:29

sorry to take so long to get back to u
life got hectic
its a zodiac LM3 Salt water chlorinator and the pool is 30,000 L i think the builder said

according to the book its self cleaning
but friends took it apart last night and found one of the elements that plug into the power was corroded so they cleaned that
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Postby dynamictiger » Sun 04 Feb, 2007 03:01

An LM3 15 calculates correctly for the pool. I would think the salt cell being blocked up is probably the issue, provided it was cleaned in accordance with instructions you should be fine running 8 hours continuous should produce just over 3 mg/l.

Let me know if it doesn't.
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Postby Scarlettvixen » Mon 05 Feb, 2007 06:06

its supposed to be self cleaning according to the instruction book
i will test tomorrow and see if the chlorine level is up

thanks for your help

sorry every time i try and log in i get an error and it wont let me post as Scarlett, so trying a different version
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Postby Mike in Tampa » Tue 06 Feb, 2007 08:32

Scarlet, with a Salt chlorine generator, you should add a product that helps reduce buildup on your generator cells. a product that was recommended for my system was Jacks Magic "purple" stuff. I'm sure other chemical manufacturers have a similar product for salt chlorine systems.

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