We have had our Bio-Guard Mineral Springs 18' x 36' in-ground pool now for two swimming seasons. Foolishly (now that I have found this site) I have been adding renewal every week, and other bio-guard products as needed to maintain the chemical balance. The Bio-Guard products have been breaking my bank account.
I had my Bio-Guard rep test my water today to see what products are needed to bring my pool back into balance before I winterize it this weekend. I am hoping someone here can tell me what generic products I can use in place of the bio-guard products so that I can save some money.
I read through the posts looking for the answers myself, but, I don't feel confident I am ready to do this without a knowledgeable veteran getting me started.
I'll start with the conditions/readings as per his BioGuard computer analyzer. I have not touched the pool in several weeks due to the poor weather and large amounts of rain we have had.
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now I will list what BioGuard recommends to correct the imbalance:
146 mineral springs beginnings (dealer said hold off til spring to add this)
20.5 lbs of Balance Pak 100 (for low alkalinity)
5.75 lbs Lo 'N Slo (for Ph adjustment)
7 lbs Balance Pak 300 (for low total hardness)
Would you guys mind helping a Newbie get started weening off of the BioGuard products and tell me what equivalents I can use to substitute for the above? I also want to learn how to use a test kit and calculate my own balancing requirements by next spring when I open it.
Thanks in advance for your help.