I am a 7-year pool owner located in metro Atlanta, trying the BBB method for the first time this season. I would like to avoid Leslie's chemical route (think it's a ripoff, a visit to the store is always a haggle, bad customer service, etc.)
I have been treating pool every other night with 6% bleach since opening a few weeks ago. Started with Clorox but now using the cheaper (50% less!) "Aldi Tundra" brand for the last week or so.
I am having trouble maintaining any appreciable FC levels (always under 2 ppm) regardless if I add 1, or 2, or 4 96-oz jugs late in the evening. Pump runs overnight on the evenings I add bleach. The water appears clear and sparkling.
Just came back from a complete water test from Leslies- I test FC/CC, pH, TA daily at home.
Here is the current chemistry:
Fix TA via 11 lbs AlkalinityUP ($22)
Shock with 2 lbs PowerPowderPlus ($9 if I buy (2)-1lb bags)
1. The CYA/Chlorine chart says I need to operate b/w 7-12 ppm (CYA is 100), and for shock I need ~40 ppm, which is 22 of jugs bleach (22 @ $1.19 = ~$26) according to the PoolCalculator. Why shouldn't I buy the PowerPowderPlus ($9) and save $18- what is the cost justification of the bleach? Has Leslie's grossy underestimated the amount of chlorine I would need to shock, or am I misinterpreting the PoolCalculator recommendations?
2. I would need $8 of baking soda from Wal-Mart for the same "effect" as the AlkalinityUp. Is the $15 difference worth it considering AlkalinityUP claims not to adjust my pH, but baking soda will?
3. Under ideal / post-shock circumstances, how much bleach should I be adding to the pool daily? The PoolCalculator suggests 2+ jugs to raise 4 ppm, but my observations up to this point suggest this is not cutting it.
Thanks for any/all feedback.