I just wanted to make an introductory post to get started...I heard really amazing things not only about the BBB method but really about the incredibly supportive community through the TFP forum so hello I'm here and want to give this a shot!
We bought a house this summer that was built in 1997 and has a pool and it's been totally awesome with the kids and I love the way it looks but I'm totally sick over the amount of money we have been spending with a pool guy. My mother in law manages her own pool with chemicals from the pool store, but after what I read about the BBB/TFP method I really would love to be capable of managing it myself with inexpensive grocery store items.
I'll let ya'll know that I totally overwhelmed by the thought of trying to understand pool chemistry and intimated by you guys! But hopeful
So I have the recommended pool testing kit but have yet to read the instruction book and attempt to test....hopefully in the next day or so. I'll post the results!
Basically the people we bought the house from said the pool was always very easy to care for and she did it herself with pool store chemicals. Right as we moved in there was crazy rainstorms and the pool turned green, the pool guy shocked it and has been out here weekly keeping it up.
We have a lot of tree cover so fighting leaves is our main problem (and navigating the tarantulas, frogs and snakes that get caught in the skimmers!) and we also found the pool was leaking a ton. Apparently about 70 gallons an hour, which has mostly been fixed but apparently the material behind the tiles is just so old that they were not able to fix it completely, it still leaks about 3 gallons an hour which is minimal enough that we just have to add water about once a week.
I am concerned about the water loss affecting the chemistry, we currently have one of those floating chlorine things, the pool guy said the chlorinator is not working the best. We also need to replace the heater. *sigh*
Thanks for reading, will post chemical test results soon and looking forward to your advice and tackling this.