I've been reading and learning since I stumbled upon this forum. I'm currently using the 6% recommended bleach but I have paid $1.67 for 96 ounces jugs. Recently, I was truly excited to see an ad at Vallarta supermarket for .79 cents for Special Value Bleach - 33% more, equalling 128 ounces. When I get to the store there is no clue on the label as to what the concentration level is. Sigh, I go home and try to google some information and my husband calls the company listed, Unified Grocers. I come up empty and the company doesn't field calls on the weekend. Today, all they are able to tell my husband is that the MSDS reads... wait for it...
1-6%! Really? What would be the use for a 1% bleach even for laundry?
Just for fun, I put the different %'s in the pool calculator and to raise my FC from 3 to 5 could take anywhere from 27 ounces (6% formulation) to 161 ounces (1% formulation). I don't want to mess up our pool water experimenting with this mystery bleach but the sad state of our budget could really use the benefit of stocking up on 6% bleach at .79 a gallon!
I guess my hope is that someone has encountered this bleach and might have tested the concentration level. However, I fear that still wouldn't guarantee that the one I want to purchase would have the same level. The lady manning the phones said something about different vendors supplying different product concentrations. ( BTW, we called Vallarta, as well, and they didn't know, either) Does anyone here have some not terribly complicated way of figuring out just how much bleach is in this product? Timely answers appreciated since sale ends tomorrow.
Oh, while I have you I had a few more questions:
The same exact brand bleach had different sizes available and one had small print in the back of the label that said it also added whiteners . Isn't that the purpose of the chlorine and what else could that include (or do to my pool)?
Does the solar cover protect the water somewhat from chlorine loss due to the sun? (Do higher temperatures alone effect FC loss?)
The manufacturer states that my pool ( 18'D, 48" H) has an approx. gal. capacity of 6450 and a max. water depth of 41.5". The pool calculator tells me my pool has 7600 gallons. Why the large difference and which number should I use for calculations when I use the pool calculator for adding chlorine and other chemicals?
Thank you in advance for any help with my questions and I think you have a wonderful forum here.