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If you read the directions from baquacil you will find that yes you can indeed change from baquacil to chlorine. It is extremely important that you use up all the baquacil product and eliminate it from your pool prior to adding the chlorine. I have successful changed over two different systems and chlorine is much less expensive.

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Is there a way to change your Baquacil pool to chlorine without changing the sand or having to drain it?

No, you have to replace the sand in your pool filter; otherwise, it will be feeding Baquacil back into the pool all year giving you water problems. Besides which, Baquacil gums up the sand. So, you should replace your sand every year with Baquacil anyways.


How do you convert from baquacil to chlorine?

From talking with my spa guy, the only way is to drain, rinse and then refill. This is true for going the other way too. In no way is Baquacil compatible with halides. Just converted this year myself. You need to wait until your Baquacil reading is zero. My pool had a reading that was false (showing Baquacil when none was present) so my dealer had me take a bucket of water and add some chlorine bleach, If their is no reaction, you can start the conversion. I added 2 gallons of shock a day for 5 days and then started with the chlorine tablets. Your pool will turn a murky color and you'll neeed to clean your filter a few times, but it will clear and you'll be on your way.I would have stayed with Baquacil, but I got algae every August and my friends with chlorine had none. Chlorine is a lot cheaper too. I was told from another pool guy in my area, if you have baquacil, let your pool drain and get baquacil really low. Don't add anything else, then when your readings are really low slowly go into chlorine. You can't just throw it in and everything, just gradually. I am HATING baquacil, I read once it is cloudy its murder to get out and THEY were RIGHT. I have almost drained my 16x32 down to the bare to just get the cloud out with drop out. I am starting back immediately with chlorine. More detail is avaiable at http://www.poolforum.com/pf/dcboard.php?az=show_topic&forum=223&topic_id=1242&mesg_id=1242&page=, but in brief: Use Chlorine to Raise PPM to ~15. Filter constantly. Don't flip at the bizzare color changes that will occur. Check Clorine several times per day, add more as needed to raise to ~15. Watch filter pressure, backwash when needed. Wait. When water clears, replace filter sand. enjoy your new goop-free pool!


How do you clean pool without chlorine?

you would have to convert the pool to saltwater there really is no way to clean it without chlorine


How does Baquacil react to iron?

Baquacil reacts with iron the same way a Chlorine pool would. Most times the water will turn either brown or green and the product to clear it up is the Baquacil Metal Control which will filter them through. It is best to check your filter during this time and hose it off if needed because the filter will look like it has rust in it. I cannot answer your specific question re iron - but considering the other features of baquacil, such as 'it eats plastic', 'it results in what is known as pink slime', it would not surprise me i the reaction was 'bad'. Biased? You may say that, but believe me, I have never seen a baqucil pool with truly clear water and I have spoken with many pool owners who have grown to hate the product, its performance and its cost.


Can you make your chlorine pool into a saltwater pool without changing any equipment except the salt generator?

Yes A salt water pool is a chlorine pool any way the difference is that the chlorine in a saltwater pool is made from the salt electronically


What to do when there is Way to much chlorine in your pool?

Use a chlorine reducing agent. You can get them at the pool supply. One is called After Shock, but there are others.


How do you get green out of pool?

There are a couple of ways to get green algae out of a pool. One way is to use chlorine.


You continually add chlorine tablets to your pool and still the chlorine is way to low How do you raise it up?

Check if you have any stabilizer in your pool without stabilizes (cyanuric acid) the chlorine use is greatly increased.


How do you maintain a salt water pool without a chlorine generator?

Add chlorine by hand...the old fashioned way.


How to switch from salt to putting chlorine in pool?

Simple just turn of the salt chlorinator and start treating it as a chlorine pool. A salt water pool is in fact a chlorine pool . the salt in the ater is converted into chlorine gass ellectronicaly and then desolved into the water. If you want to convert to the old way of chlorinating, simply keep an eye on chlorine levels and dont run the chlorinator. Ignore the salt it will weaken over time.


What is best way to raise ph in a swimming pool?

The best way to raise the pH in a swimming pool is by adding a base to it. Chlorine is an excellent choice.


Does a saltwater pool require the PH to be adjusted more than a non salt pool?

A salt water pool is still a chlorine pool, but a weaker form of chlorine if you will! Your PH is affected by the reaction of the "chlorine" with the contamination in the pool. Your salt generated chlorine is working harder to kill the bacteria that it can kill. Therefore there is more "demand" in your pool which will require a more consitant Ph adjustment to keep the chlorine active! The "kill rate" or time it takes to kill, of salt generated chlorine is nearly double that of chlorine. E-coli for instance can live in a chlorine pool for up to 96 hours. A salt pool, as much as 180 hours. YUCK! You should be aware that many common pool bacteria have grown immune to chlorine and salt generated chlorine! Chlorine or salt does not kill Cryptosporidium or Girardia! Science has moved well beyond chemical additon to swimming pools. Check the World Health Organizations- Healthy Pool Guidelines! Ultraviolet is the way to go! Jon La


How do you measure stabilizer in pools?

Stabilizer, in a chlorinated pool, normally refers to the chemical that slows down the rate at which the chlorine leaves the pool. Chlorine is only working while it is leaving the pool, referred to as Free chlorine, as opposed to Total Chlorine. Stabilizer normally takes the form of Cynuaric Acid and is found in all the chlorine products except powdered chlorine. The aim is to ensure it does not leave the pool too quickly. This is why only powdered chlorine should be used for 'shocking' the pool. It provides a high dose of chlorine which dissipates relatively quickly. Pools should be shocked on a regular basis to effectively restart the water balancing process. It is not unusual for the Ph to take a dive after shocking. The main reason for shocking is to get rid of the bacteria which has mutated and become used to the continuous level of chlorine that is not showing much change in level over a period of time. For those of us that use test strips it is referred to as stabilizer or Cynuaic Acid, and a normally good result is in the area of 30-50 ppm. By definition, if it is measured too low then chlorine levels will drop to quickly and tablet consumption may also be increasing to keep up. The other factors affecting the way chlorine leaves the pool is temperature, water agitation and sunshine. Cynauric Acid is cumulative to the pool and the only way it gets out of the pool is by regular back washing, it does not evaporate away. It should also be noted that a high level of Cynauric Acid will stop chlorine leaving the pool and therefore the pool is not being sanitised. It is the answer to the question; 'Why is my pool going green, I have good levels of Chlorine'? - Answer, as above, it's in the pool but cannot get out. Do a partial water change to lower the level of Cynauric Acid and shock it.


What to do if total chlorine level is at 3 and free chlorine level is at 10?

my free chlorine level is way to high above ten my pool is 12 by 24 what can i do to fix it


How do you protect the skin from chlorine water?

Not really a way to do that. Chlorine adjusted correctly should not hurt your skin unless you are allergic to chlorine and there is other ways a pool can be treated without using chlorine.


How much chlorine should you add to the pool?

You should go to the swimming pool supply store or swimming pool supply section and get a kit. There will be instructions and chemicals in the kit. You put a chemical or little pill in the bottom of a tube and fill the tube with water from your pool. Then you compare the color of the water in the tube with the color on a chart. That tells you if you have enough chlorine in the pool. If you do not have enough chlorine you will have gunk growing in your pool. If you have too much chlorine, it will irritate your eyes. If you are going to be a way for an extended period of time, it would not hurt to add extra chlorine.


How do you dispense chlorine in a pool if you have kids and the floaters worry you?

I assume by 'floaters' you mean chlorine tablet floaters, and not the floaters the kids produce. either way, I agree they are worrisome. A Saline (salt water0 system will solve your problem. Without doubt the safest and best way to purify pools with kids in. The sanitizer (or chlorine) is produced near the filter from the pure natural 'salt' dissolved in the pool water. The pool water will be perfectly healthy without you having to add chlorine floater or any other form of chlorine to the pool. No algaecides or 'shock' chemicals either.


How do you convert choline pool to a salt pool and what will my cost likely be?

You don't convert a chlorine pool to salt pool. Chlorine generators use salt to make chlorine in your pool. Therefore a salt water pool is a chlorine pool, you are just introducing the chlorine to the water a different way. The cost is based on the price of the chlorine generator you buy and the amount of salt required for the number of gallons in your pool. If you buy a system from the internet and install it yourself, a typical model for a 25,000 gallon pool is about $1,000. However, this generally means no warranty as the "proper installation" caveat may apply. Purchasing the same model from a local dealer, installed, should run in the neighborhood of $1,500. This will get you a professional job and a full warranty. POOL_N_SPA_WAREHOUSE


Is the easiest way to sanitize a pool with chlorine Eco Smarte or Natural 2?

Sanitizing your swimming poolThe question seems to run together and be confusing. I believe what is being asked is "What is the easiest way to sanitize a pool? Chlorine, Eco Smart or a Natures 2 system. None of the above methods are difficult to use on a swimming pool. Chlorine is currently the most popular method. If you add the chlorine manually adding an automatic chlorinator will make it easier. You will still need to test your swimming pool water on a regular basis to monitor how much chlorine you will actually need to use. The Eco Smarte system used Natural Oxygen and Ionic Copper to sanitize your pool. This sytem will require no chlorine, but you still must monitor the level of copper in your swimming pool. You will on occasion need to use a non-chlorine shock and non-metal based algeacides.The Natures 2 system is a cartridge based system that will help reduce the amount of chlorine that you will use. Again on this one you must check your water balance regularly and change your cartridge at least every 6 months.


Your pool has an oily brown film over the top how do you get rid if it?

If your pool has an oily brown film over the top of it there is one way that should get rid of it. You can add chlorine to your pool.


How do you get high free chlorine to match total chlorine?

Total Chlorine = Free Chlorine + Combined Chlorineor, put another wayTotal Chlorine - Free Chlorine = Combined ChlorineFree Chlorine is the chlorine that is doing its job.Combined Chlorine is the chlorine that has combined with contaminants such as nitrogen. It is ineffective as a sanitizer and it is noxious.Total Chlorine is the total of these two levels.To eliminate the Combined Chlorine (making all the chlorine in the pool Free Chlorine) you must shock the pool to remove the contaminants. You must reach "Breakpoint Chlorination", which is the addition of chlorine to your pool equivalent to the Combined Chlorine level times 10.example:Total Chlorine = 1.5ppmFree Chlorine = 1.0ppmSo, the Combined Chlorine (the difference between the two tests) is .5ppmBreakpoint chlorination, in this example would be .5ppm X 10 = 5ppm. So, in this example, you would add enough chlorine to your pool to raise the chlorine level up by 5 parts per million.


What do you do when your total chlorine is high and your free chlorine is low?

Total Chlorine = Free Chlorine + Combined Chlorineor, put another wayTotal Chlorine - Free Chlorine = Combined ChlorineFree Chlorine is the chlorine that is doing its job.Combined Chlorine is the chlorine that has combined with contaminants such as nitrogen. It is ineffective as a sanitizer and it is noxious.Total Chlorine is the total of these two levels.To eliminate the Combined Chlorine (making all the chlorine in the pool Free Chlorine) you must shock the pool to remove the contaminants. You must reach "Breakpoint Chlorination", which is the addition of chlorine to your pool equivalent to the Combined Chlorine level times 10.example:Total Chlorine = 1.5ppmFree Chlorine = 1.0ppmSo, the Combined Chlorine (the difference between the two tests) is .5ppmBreakpoint chlorination, in this example would be .5ppm X 10 = 5ppm. So, in this example, you would add enough chlorine to your pool to raise the chlorine level up by 5 parts per million.


What are the advantages and disadvantages of salt water pool systems?

The only disadvantage of a salt system is the initial cost. Other than that they are better in every way than adding chlorine to your pool. The level of chlorine in a typical salt pool is always lower, the water feels nicer. The chlorine that you add has additives (Caustic Soda for example) the salt systems do not. You will no longer have to buy, transport or store chlorine. On the long run a salt system will cost less to maintain than a typical chlorine pool.


How do you shock a 20x48 pool?

The easiest way is to use 4 lb of non-chlorine shock. Hatawa


Can you add chlorine to a salt water pool without damaging anything?

Yes you can add chlorine to a salt generated pool. But if you are using a Calcium Hypochlorite you must turn the salt generator OFF for 24 hours and premix it (1 pound at a time in a five gallon plastic bucket) then pour it in the pool. You should not have to add any chlorine tablets to the pool, however if you do it is best to put it into a feeder after the cell. However if you have to add chlorine tablets to the pool to supplement either your unit is way undersized or there is a problem with the generator.

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