Hello! I am very glad I found this forum. I wish I would have found this place and started reading about BBB before I went out and bought a ton of chemicals. This is our first pool. I put in my siggy what we have (Intex 12' metal frame).
My husband and I are completely new to pools and pool maintenance. We got this pool for our kiddos and we are in a unique circumstance. My daughter (age 6) has leukemia. She has 2 more years of chemotherapy. My son (2 1/2) has cerebral palsy. His therapist recommended some water therapy for him, thus one of the reasons for the pool. We spent 2 weeks leveling and putting a 6 foot locking gate around the pool.
Once we filled it, I had no clue what to do chemical wise, so I went to our local pool store (big mistake). They sold me over $150 worth of chemicals and just that cheap PH/chlorine tester kit. The guy recommened I throw in 2 cups of granulated chlorine to start and 1 cup every other day. I admit I do not know (and probably still dont) know what I am doing so I followed his instructions.
We would like to use the BBB method but we would like to use up the chemicals we purchased first or else we are out $150.
The big catch is our daughter has to have this pool be clean (sanitized) so we have to stay on top of it. Her immune system is suppressed so she could catch a bacterial infection much easier than normal folks so we have to stay on top of things.
Pool guy said to just through the granuals in the pool. At least hubby was smart enough to say to dissolved them first before putting them in.
So here are the only 2 stats we have. We will be purchasing your test kit so I will have more info to give as we go along.
Chlorine Level: 5 (I mean it is probably darker than the darkest color)
We are running the filter all the time unless we are in. We really need this to be clean for our daughter. Is this the right thing to do? Is there any way we can use up the chemicals we have before we move to BBB or is this just a loss?
Also, pool guy said for the walls just to wipe them down with a towel when I am in the pool. I thought I needed a brush. We also have a vaccum but dont know how to use it.
If we need to get a better filter system we can.
Sorry for rambling. I am just sitting here with a ton of now opened chemicals, no knowledge of pool maintenance and I need to make sure the pool is sanitary for my daughter.
Thank you for your help. I will keep reading posts to learn. Oh and BTW the pool calculator is awesome and I am NEVER going back to that pool store!