I will be opening my new pool real soon after a long winter (install was last fall). I have read through the pool school and understand the bleach method vs. other methods of maintaining chlorine levels. While I want to say I would follow it to the letter, I am one of those "oh, how bad can it be" kind of guys who thinks that using the Trichlor pucks might not be such a bad idea. I underdtand that using those will build up CYA levels in my pool which reduces free chlorine levels and ultimatley the need for shock treatments to kill algae. And I understand that the best/only?? way to lower the CYA levels is to drian a good amount of the pool.
I am still on the fence on what method I will use and will probably go the bleach method but I was curious about another chemical I saw in a pool catalog which is basically called non-chlorine shock. I believe the retail brands are "Oxybright", "Impact" and "Shocktrine".
the claims are that using this helps "burn off dead chlorine cells to increase the amount of free chlorine". Is this the same thing as removing high levels of CYA or is this referring to something different or is this just a load of bunk? I see that it needs to be used weekly so the cost can get high over a season but.....if this is an alternative that allows me to use Trichlor pucks in my pool, it would help alleviate some of the potential daily maintenance of adding bleach.
So please don;t yell at me for asking this. I am still learning and I have about 3 or 4 weeks before my pool opens to get a plan in place.