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    • Counting_Pennies
    • By Counting_Pennies 15th Jul 13, 9:03 AM
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    Keeping paddling pool water clean
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    Keeping paddling pool water clean 15th Jul 13 at 9:03 AM
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    Can anyone help?

    I have a rather deep paddling pool. Normally we just fill it a little but my husband forgot the hose pipe was on and went out for an hour so the paddling pool is nearly up to the top. The water is looking murky after two days of use so I thought I would see if there is anything I can do to keep it safe in terms of chemical balance for the children but also when I do eventually empty it for it to be safe for the garden plants.

    Many thanks
    Last edited by Former MSE Andrea; 11-07-2018 at 10:52 AM.
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    • peachyprice
    • By peachyprice 15th Jul 13, 9:11 AM
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    Is it the type with a filter pump?

    We used to have a large one and we used a chlorine dispenser to keep it clean, it was a plastic floating thing that you put chlorine tablets in, but you do need to test the water regularly with test strips to make sure the pH is correct. Link below.

    http://www.ukpoolstore.co.uk/acatalog/Paddling_Pool_Floating_Pre-Filled_Chlorine_Dispenser.html

    It kep our pool clean all summer, but you'll have to check if it's safe to use if you don't have a filter.
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    • Counting_Pennies
    • By Counting_Pennies 15th Jul 13, 9:49 AM
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    http://www.ukpoolstore.co.uk/acatalog/Blue_Horizon_Pool_Water_Test_Strips.html

    Thank you, I will get that floating dispenser, I am just looking at the test strips.

    Would any of these be any good?

    Thanks
    • Counting_Pennies
    • By Counting_Pennies 15th Jul 13, 9:50 AM
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    I have just realised I don't have a filter pump

    It is similar to this one
    http://www.tesco.com/direct/tesco-8ft-quick-up-paddling-pool/200-0592.prd?pageLevel=&skuId=200-0592
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    • 15th Jul 13, 9:55 AM
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    • 15th Jul 13, 9:55 AM
    i used to use salt but can be a bit rough on the garden
    • peachyprice
    • By peachyprice 15th Jul 13, 10:00 AM
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    Yes, that's like the one we had but it had a filter with it. Does yours have two plug holes on the side to attach a filter pump?

    You may be able to use the dispenser without the filter, I'd give them a call, see what they say.
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  • alias*alibi
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    • 15th Jul 13, 10:40 AM
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    • 15th Jul 13, 10:40 AM
    I've got a bestway 8ft easy set pool; we use a flosting dispenser with chlorine tablets and I didn't think you needed a pump with it.

    We also use test strips to check the chemical balance; got 25 strips for 7 in homebase.
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    • 15th Jul 13, 10:43 AM
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    • 15th Jul 13, 10:43 AM
    As said Salt, tub of cheap cooking salt and you dont have the worry of having chlorine to deal with .
    Be happy...
    • alanalea
    • By alanalea 15th Jul 13, 10:48 AM
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    Thank you Counting_Pennies! I have exactly the same pool & problem as you & was going to post this afternoon. I'll be watching this thread with interest!
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    • Counting_Pennies
    • By Counting_Pennies 15th Jul 13, 1:02 PM
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    Hi yes it has two little pipes that come out of the sides one a the other marked b. it says bestway on the side
    • peachyprice
    • By peachyprice 15th Jul 13, 1:19 PM
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    Alias is using it without a filter, I'm sure it's ok, it was just something I wasn't sure of.
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    • tea lover
    • By tea lover 15th Jul 13, 1:24 PM
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    I have nothing useful to add (as ever lol) but just wanted to say how jealous I am! It's sooo hot at work and the thought of a lovely big paddling pool waiting for him at home would be lovely... v tempted to order one!
    • itsanne
    • By itsanne 15th Jul 13, 1:46 PM
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    Salt on its own is not a sanitiser.

    As a temporary measure, you could use a small amount of thin unscented bleach.

    Bromine rather than chlorine tablets are better, but you still need test strips to make sure both the bromine and pH are at safe levels. Don't leave the dispenser in the pool while anyone is in it and make sure children don't get their hands on it!

    You'll find more information than you'll want on the following site:

    http://www.poolspaforum.com/forum/index.php

    Enjoy!
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