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Thread: Poll for Borate users

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    maxepr1's Avatar
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    Poll for Borate users

    I'm going on year 3 of BBB, I have not added ANY additional Borates since I started the method! Can this be right? No real measurable water loss other than backwashing and evap. I measured the other day, still 50, same as last year! I guess I want to know what are you guys seeing and doing each year?
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    Re: Poll for Borate users

    I have to reduce water level for the winter freeze and add new in the spring, so I have to replace borates every year. I use the Borax and Muriatic Acid method to add borates. I'm not sure it makes a lot of difference in my pool but I like to do it anyway.
    There is a very long thread talking about this topic. so-you-want-to-add-borates-to-your-pool-why-and-how-t4921.html
    Not sure if that helps but hope it does a little.
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    Re: Poll for Borate users

    I used boric acid last year and my reading on opening looked to be about 45.

    I'd started from 50, but had topped up a little midsummer ( lots of splash out and evaporation.)

    So lie you, I didn't lose much over winter anyway.
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    Re: Poll for Borate users

    How are you testing for Borates? The LaMotte test strips don't have a very fine range on results, 0-15-30-50-80. My understanding is that borates, like CYA, doesn't evaporate. So you'll only see a loss through backwashing, draining, and splash-out.
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