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Deeply Scared
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Default  Posted: 8:57 AM, June 11th (Tuesday)

MH has been taking care of the salt, acid and chlorine levels for our pool since it stabalized in September of last year. All the readings/testing he does every week indicate our levels are nearly perfect...YAY MH!!

Anyway, we've never shocked our pool...is that shocking? HA! I couldn't resist and everyone we talk to shocks their pools at least once a month and some of our friends do their's weekly.

We don't have kids and none of our friends pee in the pool so its not like we're running a public pool in our backyard.

My question is, how often should be be shocking it? It's a 17,000 gallon salt water, in ground pool.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!


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simplydevastated
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Default  Posted: 9:05 AM, June 11th (Tuesday)

Anyway, we've never shocked our pool...is that shocking?
Good one

Here are some links I found. I hope they help.

http://ezinearticles.com/?Salt-Water-Pool-Maintenance&id=976708

http://www.swimmingpoolideas.com/easy-tips-for-maintaining-a-salt-water-pool


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Default  Posted: 9:08 AM, June 11th (Tuesday)

My understanding of the salt water systems is that unless it is needed ..you don't.



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Default  Posted: 9:09 AM, June 11th (Tuesday)

LOL@SD!!

Thanks!!

Our water is so clear and soft, it feels like you're swimming in saline solution...it's wonderful

I'll keep reading...thank you again!


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Default  Posted: 9:09 AM, June 11th (Tuesday)

Awesome Meta!!! Out of all our friends that have pools, we're the only one with a salt water system, so maybe that really is the difference


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simplydevastated
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Default  Posted: 9:12 AM, June 11th (Tuesday)

Meta's right, it's only when the water gets cloudy.

Our water is so clear and soft, it feels like you're swimming in saline solution...it's wonderful

note to self - find job, save money, fly to TX to play in pool. end note.


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Default  Posted: 9:15 AM, June 11th (Tuesday)

Come on down SD!


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Default  Posted: 9:46 AM, June 11th (Tuesday)

As soon as I get a job. I'll have kids in tow if that's ok


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Deeply Scared
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Default  Posted: 10:02 AM, June 11th (Tuesday)

Of course


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Default  Posted: 10:11 AM, June 11th (Tuesday)

I think like Meta and SD said, you don't "shock" a salt water system.

I've only known people with regular chlorine pools... and I know my mom didn't "shock" her pool all the that often... unless you count the nude swimming

Meanwhile, I'm jealous of your pool right now... it's so hot here in Florida... I wish I had a pool!


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Default  Posted: 10:15 AM, June 11th (Tuesday)

Deep,

No shock needed as the salt acts as a natural inhibitor to algae and other fresh water contaminants.

OK, please excuse now as I do a 2-1/2 turn back flip summer salt into your pooooool.... ahhhhhh!!!


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Default  Posted: 10:17 AM, June 11th (Tuesday)

MH has been taking care of the salt, acid and chlorine levels for our pool since it stabalized in September of last year. All the readings/testing he does every week indicate our levels are nearly perfect...YAY MH!!

I'm a Chemical Engineer that specializes in water treatment, so for what it's worth, if the acid, salt and chlorine balances are good, there is no need to shock a salt water system. Shocking in fresh water pools is necessary periodically to increase the chlorine levels sufficiently to kill or prevent things that don't generally live or thrive in salt water.


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Default  Posted: 10:19 AM, June 11th (Tuesday)

Thanks so much you two!!!

Our system is pretty sophisticated so I just couldn't wrap myself around having to shock our pool every week

PA...I'm now a master at diving off our waterfall into the deep end. I'm going to attempt a backflip

[This message edited by Deeply Scared at 10:21 AM, June 11th (Tuesday)]


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Default  Posted: 10:20 AM, June 11th (Tuesday)

Finally...

Thank you...that's so helpful


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Default  Posted: 11:13 AM, June 11th (Tuesday)

Wow! Glad you are having good luck with your SWG pool.

However, some of the advice you have received is inaccurate. It is NOT true that the salt inhibits algae growth. The saline level in the pool is nowhere near high enough to inhibit algae growth or bacterial growth in any way. (There's algae in ocean water, no?)

THE SWG uses the NaCl in the saline solution to create free chlorine to inhibit bacterial growth and algea growth. No different than adding chlorine via tablets or even bleach. The only difference is the magic of electrolysis at work.

When the free chlorine is tied up with bacteria and algae, it creates chloramines which are also referred to as combined chlorine. not nearly as effective as free chlorine in keeping the pool clean and safe to swim in. (chloramines also give off the chlorine smell so prevalent in cloudy hotel pools... )

So long as the free chlorine level remains in the proper range, along with the pH, alkalinity, and other chemistry (as dictated by the pool construction), shocking the pool is not necessary.

I have a 'fresh' water pool and also rarely shock it. i test for combined chlorine and only shock it when it exceeds 0.5ppm CC. (I usually shock it when i open it up and perhaps after a heavy rain or high bather load).

Enjoy that pool this summer!

Good reference below:
http://www.poolsolutions.com/gd/swimming-pool-salt-water-chlorine-generators-faq.html


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Default  Posted: 12:01 PM, June 11th (Tuesday)

Great counter points...thank you

I will definitely go read the link you provided...I really appreciate everyone's advice


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Default  Posted: 12:21 PM, June 11th (Tuesday)

none of our friends pee in the pool
Umm... nope. Can't think of a good way to ask how you know this FOR SURE.


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simplydevastated
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Default  Posted: 12:21 PM, June 11th (Tuesday)

The guy I dated before my husband had a pool. It was your regular above ground pool. He would shock it the weekend he would open the pool and that was it.


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