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Thread: Maintenance systems

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    Apr 2016
    Berclair, TX

    Maintenance systems

    I am totally confused trying to purchase a maintenance system for high temperatures in South Texas. I was told a Salt Water system wouldn't be efficient in higher than 90 degree weather by a 'pool dealer'. He told me about the Baquacil 3 step program. Then i went on utube and saw the BioGuard SoftSwim. Doughboy has a ozone system and a mineral system, but I've read bad things about both. I just need to get advise on what is maintenance "easy" and will work with high Texas temps. Any advise helps!
    In the process of buying an above ground pool, probably 28-30' round, resin wall and 52 or 54" deep, with sand filter and 1 1/2 HP pump.

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    Aug 2015
    Twin Cities/MN

    Re: Maintenance systems

    Hello Kaylo ....welcome to TFP!

    You are definitely in the right place to figure out how to maintain your soon-to-be new pool. I can't comment on the Salt Water Generator with respects to your area, but I do know that many members on here have them and would be happy to share their advice.

    As for the proper maintenance of your pool, the best thing you can do is to take control of it right away and test your own levels to get a better understanding of it. It is simple to me, if I can do it, anyone can. You can find the test kits here -->

    I too am a new pool owner as of this past July and had no prior experience with them...boy was I intimidated. I have found that using the BBB method (Bleach, Borax & Baking soda), as taught here on TFP, has been the easiest way to maintain my pool.

    I'm sure others will chime in and help guide you along your journey...until then, feel free to ask questions and maybe get a better understanding of the methods we encourage here by starting with Pool School, found here --->

    Again, welcome!!!
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    Jun 2013
    South Florida

    Re: Maintenance systems

    Forget all the fancy marketed "systems". They will just cost you extra, and put stuff in your water that you do not want. I recommend you:

    1. Buy a good test kit. The TFT or Taylor K2006 are the only options you want to consider

    2. Read pool school and the forums to learn

    3. Stick to basic chlorine or salt water generator (SWG) as your primary means of sanitation.

    There are a lot more details, but start by reading around here and learning the basics. Don't be tempted by any other systems you are reading about, they are not needed.
    10,000 gallon in ground diamond brite, Circupool si30+, Hayward C900 cartridge, 1.5hp Flotec single speed pump

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    Apr 2007
    Sebring, Florida

    Re: Maintenance systems

    Welcome to the forum.

    There are thousands of SWG (saltwater) pools in Texas. Run as fast as you can from that less than honest dealer. No need to go into how troublesome baquacil is, just be assured he is not telling the truth about SWG's and he knows better.
    Dave S.
    42k vinyl and concrete pool, 1.5hp pump, 140gpm filter
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    Aug 2012
    DFW, TX

    Re: Maintenance systems

    That is absolutely false. My Pentair saltwater chlorine generator works fine in 100+ temps.
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    Dec 2015

    Re: Maintenance systems

    I've found in San Antonio run times are crucial. Try and divide your run times up. If you run the pool 12 hours daily, don't run it 12 hours straight. Break it up into 6 on 6 off 6 on 6 off. This way you don't have a 12 hour down time. Efficient filtration is just as important as correct use of sanitizers. If your water is balanced and your flowing enough water through a good filter there's no reason chlorine shouldn't work.

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