Before I get started, please note that I am a business owner and it takes a great bit of humility to get on the world wide web and admit I've been wrong for the last 5 years. Please take that into consideration when responding.
Ok so here's where I'm at:
My company has about 60 pools we care for. Of the 60, 35-40 we go to weekly. The remainder we visit once or twice a month. Before this year I could probably count on one hand how many times a pool went bad under my watch each season. However this year has been a nightmare. I'm not sure if its all the rain we had earlier this year or what, but I've had more problems this year than all other years combined.
Now add a commercial pool (175,000 gal) to the mix...where our work is being put on public display. I took the pool on confidently and oh boy has it humbled me ever since. When I took it over in late june, it had a CYA of WELL over 100ppm. The last pool guy told me he'd been loading up two commercial sized feeders (25 puck capacity each), twice a week! Said they were using a total of 50 lbs of trichlor a week! With all the obvious problems that come with a CYA level that high, I naturally start looking for answers and that's how I found TFP!
Ok so now that I know the "why", I need help with "how"...I'm going to fix it. Since starting this business, I've prided myself on running my clients pools as cost effective as possible. In addition to my routine clients, I also do repair and installs for others. After being called to so many salt systems and the repair bill rarely being under 500$, I started advising my routine clients against it. Salt systems are a big money maker for pool guys but I turned down several installs or at least advised against them because I believed trichlor was the lesser of two evils. If people on my route had a salt component go bad and the repair bill was gonna be high, I'd suggest we start using tabs if they had a feeder...and if they didn't, I'd offer to install one for the cost of parts and maybe an hour of labor if the plumbing was real tight. All for the sake of saving my clients money.
Now fast forward to the present. I know better now but how do I wean my people off the tabs?! I guess what I'm looking for is some advice and a couple options as far as equipment goes, to implement the BBB method. This being a business, we obviously can't check each pool's chlorine and ph level every day. So how do I get each pool the chlorine it needs using bleach? I was thinking the liquidator as the more affordable option? but how often would it need to be filled? then there's a certain group of clients that don't want affordable, they want fancy...or high tech. I was thinking maybe a stenner pump setup for them? I never removed any salt equipment when I converted salt pools to tabs, so maybe the cheapest solution there is me repairing their salt system?
Are there any TFP members / business owners that use BBB method on their route? If so, I'd love some insight on how you made the switch and what to look out for. Thank you for any help in advance.
Captain Dud D. Buttermonkey
Platinum Member and now TFP Enthusiast Yo!