So My SWG is on it's 5th summer and finally decided to implode. The cell burned out. It's visible. I am not in a position financially to replace it right now so I have been using the BBB method for the past week or so. I became very familiar with the pool calculator and BBB last summer when I needed to go through the shock process. Looking back, I think it may have been that the SWG was in its last phase of life and not generating as expected.
My pool is small but recieves direct sun from 9am to 6pm. The bathing load has been extra heavy these past two weeks due to the heat. The water is crystal clear. ( I thought I had clear water last summer but then I shocked it....) I mean, there are rainbows on the bottom. BUT....
Here are my questions......
What target FC should I be aiming for?
It seems I have been dumping in at least 64 to 101 oz of bleach each night for the past week. That seems high to me. The pool shows a loss of +/- 6ppm per day, maybe more. What should I expect for a loss each day? What should the normal bleach usage be?
Second, I think I may need to shock. Here's why...I did an OCLT last pm. 8pm results were
FC 9.5 and CC .5. 7am results were FC 7 and CC .5. That's more than the 1ppm loss but the CC and water clarity are good.
Third, I am going on vacation from July 4 to July 13. I have no one to manage a shocking process. Last year it took 8 days but I was losing crazy amounts of FC each time I brough it back up to shock level. I ran it 2 days at mustard algea level and that's when it cleared.
How should I manage this pool when I'm away? I've got NO ONE to help me. (well except my mother in law who can handle pouring 2 cups of bleach a day but that's about the extent).
Dont' want to come back to a swamp.
Here's the rest of my numbers at 7pm last night.
CYA 70 (I was aiming for a SWG level but not anymore)
Thanks!!! This board helped me in so many ways last summer.