Adding chlorine manually to Salt Cell

  • Last Post 02 May 2019
Nic001 posted this 01 May 2019

I need some help with adding chems to new pool water.

My pool used to be salt but has been running on regular chlorine for years. A friend is giving me an old salt cell that he says should be in perfect condition. I still have the original computer system set up and its is in working order, we confirmed old cell is compatible with current computer software.


The pool is currently empty.


1) First question is when I initially fill up the pool with new water what chems should I use to balance it? Someone had told me that some chlorine ingredients (I think lead) would destroy the salt cell. Is there a specific type of product I should initially use or avoid?

2) Second question, I am taking a gamble on the second hand cell. If it is not working properly I will be investing in a brand new cell. However I will now have a pool that's unable to generate chlorine. While waiting for the new cell to arrive (week or two) could I just dump chlorine in manually to tie it over?

Thank you!

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InyoRob posted this 01 May 2019

1) Check out our video below regarding how to start a salt water pool. Standard chlorine like calcium hypochlorite or sodium hypochlorite will not impact the salt cell.

2) Yes, you can dump in chlorine and manually sanitize the pool while you wait for a new salt cell.

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Nic001 posted this 01 May 2019

Thank you! You guys are awesome!

InyoRob posted this 02 May 2019

You're welcome! Thank you for visiting