Phosphates

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mlcallen posted this 13 July 2016

I have had a tough time with phosphates this season.  I am in the midst of treatment right now, but the salt level is very low.  I was instructed to treat the phosphates, then add the rest of the chemicals, including the salt once the treatment is done.  I am very concerned I'm setting myself up for a full algea bloom before I can get to where I can add more salt.  Is it necessary to wait until this phosphate treatment is over, which will be tomorrow evening, before adding the salt?  I'm running the salt cell on 100% in hopes that will prevent a problem.  Thanks for your assistance!

Service posted this 14 July 2016

Hi mlcallen,

In our opinion the most important thing to fighting algae is chlorine. Phosphates are food for algae and chlorine kills algae, we advocate killing the algae through proper chlorination. Once the algae is killed it does not matter if you have food for algae in the pool (i.e. phosphates) as there is no algae in the pool, we have seen pools with very high phosphate levels which are crystal clear because algae is not present due to the proper levels of chlorine killing the algae. With this being said I would run the salt system or if you don't want to run the salt system you could supplement with liquid chlorine for a few days. I really like the Trouble Free Pool Slam Method for maintaining a pool, it's definitely worth a read. I hope this helps.

Thank You

Patrick

www.inyopools.com

Thank You

Patrick

www.inyopools.com

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