I recently switched over to the 2 “B’s” method last week, Sunday to be exact and couldn’t be happier. I thought my water was clear before, and was complimented on it several times by friends and neighbors. Now it seems to have that little extra sparkle.
The reason for my converting to the “BB” method was not due to having any issues with my pool. All parameters are correct based on the charts used here in TFP. I have never shocked my pool (bought 4 bags of shock last year and sold to neighbor just a few weeks ago). He didn’t believe me, and then looked at the dates I wrote on the bags when purchased. He also seemed in awe that I have never had any issues with my pool. Seems that if I didn’t have an algae problem, I may be doing something wrong ? . The old method of chlorination was via the 3” pucks (GLB DuoGuard). The only other chemicals I used were Baking Soda (right from the beginning), Stabilizer, and GLB Natural Clear. The reason I switched was simple; I was tired of fighting the CYA battle. I told myself at the beginning of the swimming season that if the CYA level reached 70 I would switch to the BBB method. It finally reached 69 last Sunday. I pulled the remaining Chlorine pucks from the chlorinator and set out on a new adventure!
Why only Bleach and Baking soda you ask? Well to be honest, I am asking all of you whether or not I should add the 3rd “B” to my pool along with additional questions. What are the Pro’s and Con’s of doing so? Seems that searching the Internet for answers can be good and/or bad.
I also have one other concern, the addition of Phosphates as a result of using liquid Chlorine. In reading this site I understand that if I maintain the correct levels of Chlorine, it shouldn’t be an issue. Also, if I understand correctly, if I am concerned about Phosphates, I can use a product like “ULTIMA NIX” to remove Phosphates, which also eliminates and prevents algae growth. I would like to hear what others are doing with their pools.
My latest set of test results:
Water Temp 79.3
Filter PSI 16
Test time: 7:15 PM
Sorry if I added to much info regarding the test. I have an excel spreadsheet that details every test ever taken on the pool including the amount of chemicals dispensed. This assisted me in learning my pool (new ABG as of last year, never had a pool before).
Thank you all in advance for your contributions to this site and willingness to help others!