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Saltwater Swimming Pools

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Saltwater pools are a cheaper alternative to the traditional chlorine home pool because they do not require as many pool treatment chemicals. These pools are not as salty as seawater and have the same salt content as the human body. Ask questions here about installation, costs and upkeep here.
Saltwater Pools and Itching Community pools are notorious for spreading various diseases -- and skin infections are among them. Although saltwater pools can dry out your skin (the same way that chlorine pools do), the "severe itching" that you note is indicative of a more serious problem. Ringworm,…
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You will need 1 chlorine generator for every 25000 gallons of water in your pool, They run 1500-1700.00 each. It takes about 2.5 years to break even, If nothing breaks.The water is tons better feeling on your skin and you still need to keep PH in check add Pool conditioner and keep track of your pho…
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Make sure your water is balanced and add salt (sodium chloride). You need to purchase a saltwater chlorine generator and you'll need to calculate the amount of salt you need. You would need to bring your pool salt content up to 3,000 ppm.Concentration is the amount (by weight) of salt in water and c…
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yes, salt is very drying! but during the hot summers, not swimming doesnt seem to be much of an option so before you go into the pool put conditioner in your hair... just enough to evenly distribute
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Answer I have a salt water system and recently had my pool resurfaced. There was no staining. Answer If you put your salt in the skimmer like you we're supposed to there should be no staining, If you put your salt directly into your pool it could stain from the minerals in the salt. If you us…
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Yes,but only if your pool is resin[that is constructed from 100% polymer or plastic]. It is not advisable to use salt in a "steel pool".   Salt in a steel pool is a lousy salesman answer. All Chlorine is made from Salt and the amount needed in your pool is insignificant to what kind of pool y…
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For a round above ground pool, the calculation is:Diameter x Diameter x Depth X 5.9 = Number of GallonsPlease note that the depth is the ACTUAL water depth NOT the height of the pool wall (the water is usually around 6 inchs lower than the wall height).For your example:For a 24-foot round pool with …
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Salt water hot tubs have some misconceptions behind them. It is not the same as the ocean. The ocean has tens of thousands PPM of sodium. (notice I used sodium, not salt) Salt water hot tubs (and pools) start out with only 1500 to 2100 PPM of sodium. A fraction.All bromine and Chlorine start out as …
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Pools used in Olympic competitions are filled with chlorinated fresh water.
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In spring 2010, we put in an 18x40 in Oklahoma. With all the bells & whistles, it came to about 30k. That included a diving board, $3,000 slide, 8' concrete in the back for the diving, 6' over where the slide is, 4' around the rest. A salt water system, vinyl 30mm liner, concrete coping around t…
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Salt water pools produce "chlorine," so it is cheaper. It is also more troublesome. Yugos were also cheaper ... you get what you pay for. If your chlorine generator is working properly and your salt levels are correct it will work just fine. Though I have never been in a saltwater pool, my childr…
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How to convert a pool to real saltwater.Add only sea water, just like a cruise ship pool operator would, dump it everytime your done for the day, and try like heck to get a health dept. permit.You will find pumps and filters to handle salt water and heat exchangers to handle your heating needs on a …
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Good research at www.poolrestoration.com. I researched all the options they offer and read all the research. I like them because their site focuses on helping solve your pool problem, NOT just trying to sell you some product. In the end I emailed them about my problem. I got a phone call from the ow…
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I couldn't find a repair kit, but what I did last year was went to home depot and bought a 4"x4" sheet of very thin rubber, I cut this into a 2" strip which I wrapped around the nozzle then put the hose back on over this. (the hose had to be heated in boiling water to stretch it over the additional …
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I have the same question. A screwdriver was laying at the bottom of my pool throughout the whole winter, now there is a rust mark about 2in by 2in in the bottom of my pool. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to remove it without clouding my water or damaging the vinyl liner?
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Answer I have been dealing with saline (salt) systems since the early 1970s and have never known of a case where animals have been adversly effected by the saline water. Dogs and cats continue to drink from pools after the pools have been converted to saline, as though there was no difference.
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To get rid of algae in a Baquacil pool, the best thing to use is the Performance Algaecide. The algae will actually get worse if converting because you have to wait until the Baqua reading is at zero before converting which could take at least several days because the Oxidizer is designed to last fo…
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%DETAILS% Answer It makes no difference how old the concrete pool is, or whether piping is copper. Better not to have a very old stainless steel filter or metal pump. The very low salinity used with latest saline systems is generally not corrosive.
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The problem with an ozone system is that it is only a partial solution still requiring some addition of pool chemicals and still requiring a high level of monitoring and maintenance. There are numerous advantages in installing salt water system into a new or existing swimming pool: • Lower operat…
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Answer You would need a chlorine generator such as Auto Pilot. Many companies make them. After you install the chlorine generator, you add your salt to the pool.
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I doubt it would be either, unless you've got a sunburn or otherwise irritated skin, which case the salt might sting a bit. But then, the ocean is much saltier, and it doesn't really sting. I'd say check your overall water chemistry. Make sure your chlorine and pH levels are right. NEW ANSWER:: If t…
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Saltwater vs. Chlorine, Pros and ConsSaltwater is an expense when it is installed, but after that you do not have to add chlorine as salt makes chlorine. This saves you $60 for every bucket you buy.Salt is softer on your skin.The new salt systems are great, as they monitor and clean themselves.You a…
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Answer Yes, you can purchase salt water generator or a salt water system. Intex has a salt water system specifically for blow up pools. Answer Yeah, add salt! Answer well and a Salt water generater
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Answer The ideal salt level depends on the manufacture of the unit. Some ranges are higher than others. The average range is 2700 ppm to 3500. But you should always consult the owners manual or manufacture of your particular unit. Most manufactures post their information on-line. Answer 2700 …
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Salt Harming EquipmentA salt system can harm the equipment in a "runaway chlorine" environment which can be common if the unit isn't operated properly or if water isn't tested and balanced regularly. In a runaway chlorine environment, the chlorine created by the salt system could potential dissolve …
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Don't trust anyone who tells you a certain brand is best, or gives you best water clarity, etc... All saltwater systems do the same thing, produce pure chlorine sanitzer (Hypochlorus acid) from the small amount of salt in the water.The difference between brands is primarily how much chlorine it is a…
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A filter, pump and a salt generator.
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07/18/08 We have a 15 x 30 foot pool, approximately 17,000 gallons. Had green algae on the steps, bottom and sides after being away for about 2 weeks. The water was still clear but had some green slime floating also. Ugh!!! I did some online research and then took a sample to my local pool store (t…
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I have worked around a saltwater pool for years a variety of plants grow near it. They are all down hill from it so they cop the brunt of the salt water and overflow during rain and it has done them no harm at all. I think it makes practically no difference to any plants. There is only a very small …
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Answer Ok, the answer is yes, depending on what plants you are talking about, if you are talking about epsom salts that is a good thing for some plants. Also magnesium, and try to direct your pool discharge away from your landscape. The art of pool water discharge is easy. PVC pipe is very helpfu…
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A salt water pool has a chlorine generator that is installed on the pipe leading from the filter to the pool. The chlorine generator electronically separates chlorine gas out of the salt which is then dissolved into the water, automatically maintaining chlorine levels. Advantages of salt water pool…
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NoYour body is oily and the water isn't absorbed. except your hands when they go wrinkly, they have less oil on them and will absorb water but the salt will not be absorbed so it's not harmful, your body will get rid of the excess salt (via urination)
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Simple answer.....no In fact a salt water pool would generally be softer water. Those white deposits are from "Hard water" evaporating and leaving behind whatever minerals are found in the water. Usually the deposit is mostly calcium. Care must be taken to avoid unbalanced water and high concentr…
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Caring for green saltwater pool.Very simple. I have just done this a week ago.1. Shock the pool and leave for a couple of days. Yes, you CAN do this. (By the time you are ready to use these pool chemicals will have dissapeared)2. When green starts to clear up, allow the water to go through filtering…
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Most chlorine generators have a setting, or you could shock with chlorine or non chlorine shock.
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First try increasing the chlorine content in the water. If that does not work get a non metal based algaecide and follow the instructions on the bottle , If that still does not do the job you may have to flock the water settle the algae to the bottom and vacuum it to waste.
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Answer Not if all chemistry is maintained at or within proper parameters. K
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Answer What has been your chemistry balance for the year - month-to-month? Without seeing the pool finish, it seems that your pH and alkalinity have been off for months. What chemicals do you add regularly or on a weekly basis? I have much doubt that it was the conversion to salt. A bad plaster j…
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A salt water swimming pool is a pool that has had salt added to it in order to be able to use the salt in water that is circulated through the filtration system and run it through a chlorinator. This is a set of elements that electronically create chlorine gas that is almost instantly dissolved into…
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Answer : in short yes copper is fine, but... I have copper-zinc mesh screens in all my collection baskets, i go to rummage sales to find 64' & before silver coins and single pieces of sterling silverware in bad shape; i put that in the baskets too. You can get broken sterling silver jewelry for …
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No, but you will get dehydrated, making you breath heavy. I don't agree that you get dehydrated. The body fluids contain salt so in a plain water pool the body is taking on water because it contains salt.The fluids prescribed for an isotonic solution to rinse the nose to keep the sinuses from either…
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There is short but a nice article on this site http://www.enceechlor.com/technology.htmA salt water chlorinator starts with AC voltage whether it be 115 or 230v depending on where you live. then it is converted to 7v-12v dc either through electronic circuit boards or original methods, first through …
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the low levels of salt in the water pass through a bunch of platelets that are electrically charged. the reaction of electricity passing through salt water is chlorine. not very indepth but that's the jist of it. it has been in use for years in australlia. however, they don't' have ladders in their …
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All salt system monitor the salt level in your pool water. There will be a light that flashes when the salt is low. When this happens you will need to add salt directly to the pool in the amount the manufacturer recommends. The salt takes time to dissolve, you can either run the pump 24 hours to acc…
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The salt itself . I have found that all store bought sodium and/or pottassium chloride(salt)s particularly damaging to hair, skin and nails. It is corrosive and dissinigrating. The companies who sell water systems that include the salt canisters deny that any salt gets to you through the filtration(…
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You run the pool for longer if your chlorinator is turned right up, otherwise you can just ad some liquid chlorine. perhaps the cell is getting a bit old and needs replacing.
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Salt systems work by electrolysis. In a salt system you have metal plates that are polarized with direct current, as water with salt (Sodium Chloride) flows through it the bond between the two elements is broken and you end up with chlorine in the water.
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I have used a product called Algone. You can find it at some pet stores here in W. PA or find it online. Its a safe effective way to remove algae from all kinds of aquariums and ponds.
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Usually that means you put salt in the water: maybe 400 to 500 pounds for an average size pool in ground pool and you will then use a salt chlorinator in the water piping to zap a molecule off the salt to turn it into chlorine. It is self regulating so that you don't have burning eyes or an excessiv…
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A pool vacuum works by using the suction from your pool pump. Once the vacuum is connected to the pump, usually through a connection in your pool's skimmer (a separate compartment next to your pool), debris is pulled through the vacuum hose to the filter where it is removed from the water. Pool vac…
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This could be caused by a number of things; low stabilizer, low salt, dirty filter, bad chlorinator or all the above. Have your water tested for all your balancing chemicals. Your pool may just need to be shocked with good old chlorine. Automatic chlorinators are for maintaining a regular chlorine l…
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No. Gold resists salt very effectively. a good example is gold that has been found in sunken treasure still being in perfect condition. the concentration of salt in a saltwater pool is very low, about the same as that in your tears or blood.
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You can heat a saltwater pool. Options for heating your saltwater pool include solar heating, electric heating, and gas heating.
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To make sure it doesn't crystallize?
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Saltwater pools generally will have a salt cell installed within the plumbing usually after the heater. It is the cell where the chlorine is produced. It should have a cord on it that leads to a power center. Having your water simply tested for salt will not determine whether or not it is saltwater.…
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Normally caused by calcium build up or caclcification. Prevetion and cures can be found on my blog.See the link on this message Permanent brown stains are usually caused by "iron". Rebar attached to the pool exterior and encapsulated in bottom of a concrete deck is the usual suspect. Another caus…
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Yes But it must be built to "free standing" engineering specs. Ron Lacher Pool Engineering in southern California should have an engineering detail to build one.
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To answer this question, you must first understand how salt water pools work. The salt in the water is NaCl or Sodium-Chloride. Every salt water pool has a "Chlorine Generator". The Chlorine generator.. you guessed it... generates chlorine and leaves sodium as the bi-product. If someone has a s…
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go to the sea and bring home loads of salt water or just pour salt and mix in to plain water
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You are still typically using a salt-water generator to generate chlorine for most saltwater pools, so you are effectively still using chlorine. In effect, chlorine is still the sanitizer. You still need to pay for and haul salt and you typically need to replace a cell every 3-5 years at a cost of a…
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Open Your Saltwater Pool for the Season Step 1 Clean the pool filter from last season, if applicable, by soaking it overnight in a cleaner made especially for pool filters. Step 2 Fill your pool with new, fresh water. If your pool is brand-new, check with the plasterer as to how many days you need…
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A salt water pool has a chlorine generator on it that turns sodium chloride into chlorine gas. The water in the pool is not like the ocean, you can't taste the salt and it doesn't sting your eyes. The water isn't as harsh on clothing, eyes, skin and hair as chlorine is.
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No, salt does not damage the plaster. Improper water balance will.
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put salt in it, purchase a 'salt chlorine generating system', usually between 1000 and 1500 dollars, and install it.
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Manual says 'Automatic Gas Shutoff' heater probably is not igniting. Should call your pool man. Manual recommends not to light manually. Please don't try (if you like your eyebrows) :-)
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use either muriatic acid or dry acid (sodium bisulfate)
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Check that the chlone setting is not too high.This is not a function of a saltwater pool but can happen in any pool. The cornea of your eye will absorb water and swell and this will blur your vision.
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A salt water system creates chlorine, which, in theory, should prevent algae growth. Chlorine levels must be tested at least once a week. During the hottest part of the summer, levels should be between 4 and 5 ppm. Yet algae can survive in these high levels of chlorine if there are phosphates in the…
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Turn of the chlorinating element and start throwing chlorine in yourself. eventually the salt will come out of the pool as time wears on. or you could just replace the water to get the salt out.
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Salt water pools are becoming more common as people find that they are a little more refreshing to swim in. Also, as chlorine tends to bother some, salt pools might be a good alternative.
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No, it is sodium chloride in most cases.
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Sodium as a byproduct from the electrolysis process used to make the chlorine (Salt is sodium chloride)
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Since a saltwater pool IS a chlorinated pool (the only difference is how the chlorine is addded since it is manufactured by the SWCG and not added separately) the answer is yes.
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Sorry, but swimming in a saltwater pool is a lot different than swimming in the ocean. In the ocean, pollutants like oil, gasoline, and trash combine with fish urine and dead animals. Another big difference in a pool is that there are no waves! In the ocean, rip tides and tidal waves are a big part …
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Yes it makes no difference to what the water looks like. this is influenced more by the colour of the pool and the sky then anything else.
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No the system is dearer because of the extra electronic equipment. however after the initial expense you never need to pay for chlorine and the system is more reliable which makes it more economical to run.
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It just stays there. some is lost to the backwash , splashing, overflow and so on but the salt that is in the water stays there.
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Yes you can retrofit a salt water pool system onto your existing pool equipment without too much trouble.
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Yes You need to install a salt water chlorinater. this is an electronic element that converts the salt in the water to chlorine gas which is in turn dissolved into the water, chlorinating it.
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That depends on what is available in your area. whatever you use it wont make any difference where you use it.
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Select the salt water chlorination system you would like to use. this will come with specifications and instructions on how to retrofit the unit onto an existing pool filtration system. It is difficult to give instructions on how to do something when the exact nature of the materials available is no…
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It should not make any difference. the salt concentration in a salt water pool is the same as the salt concentration in your body. I think you should look for answers elsewhere.
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copper ionization
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So long as the proper free chlorine levels are maintained you should have nothing to worry about. That is what the chlorine is meant to do.
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The first thing to do is make sure you have a leak. and it is not just evaporation that is giving you your problem. you can do this by just taking a bucket and filling it with pool water. mark the water level in the bucket and in the pool. Stand the bucket next to the pool without disturbing the poo…
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Are you getting power to the chlorinating cell. You can see tiny bubbles forming like a fine mist around the elements when they are working.
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Assuming your pool is set up properly with all suction points safely installed and isolated from the swimming area. There is no reason not to swim with the filtration equipment running. As a matter of fact it is preferable to have the filters running while the pool is in use.
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Get an algaecide and follow the instructions. it makes no difference what sort of pool you have.
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work out how much acid is required and put the acid into a bucket with some water already added. Be careful not to splash as it is corrosive and particularly harmful if yo get it in your eyes (wear protective eye gear). with that done simply distribute the solution around the pool.
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it is an illusion. salt water pools have softer feeling water and may put you under the impression that it is warmer. however there is no difference between a salt water pool or a fresh water pool.
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Obviously the pool floor is not smooth.
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soak the copper electrodes in cider vinegar
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remove the salt
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Backwash's, pool overflowing as a result of rain or overfilling, water being splashed over the side. swimmers taking out water on their body's as they get out of the pool and my dog drinking the pool water.
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TDS (Total Disolved Solids) in general make the water taste salty. Specifically sodium from the chlorine you add. Draining is the only way to get rid of the salty taste.
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