As the calendar hits July here, our region is in the midst of an unusual stretch of less than normal temperatures. A July day in Arkansas with a high of 83 degrees is cause for celebration. However, as I look at my pool today, I am fighting a cloudy water issue so my desire to celebrate just isn't there....
I have read and pondered on the potential benefits with respect to converting this pool to some other method of water treatment but given the amount of Baquacil chemicals I have on hand, I am tempted to finish this year out on Baquacil and do a conversion at the end of this swimming year, or at the beginning of the next year. My situation leads to a few questions if I might.....
(1) Sand filter cleaning as I reflect on past cleaning practices with respect to our sand filter, I'm wondering if we haven't chemically cleaned our filter often enough (using the Baquacil Universal Filter cleaner). I've had people tell me not to bother using a filter cleaner at all on a Baquacil pool - instead, change the sand. The problem is, neither option is cheap but more importantly, neither option seems to have produced long term positive results. This is frustrating....so question 1 is:
If I am to remain on Baquacil for the remainder of this year, can someone please provide thoughts on how often a filter should be cleaned (using the Baquacil Universal Filter cleaner) and how often the sand should be changed?
(2) If I am going to convert, looking at the period of time from later October (which is about the usual pool closing time here), and mid to late April (pool opening time), when would be the ideal time to convert this pool to some other form of maintenance?
(3) Does the fact I have a vinyl liner on the pool (replaced in 2011) that has been maintenanced with Baquacil, prevent me from converting?
(4) If I can convert, I'd really like to NOT add any additional equipment (with the exception of a solid test kit). Does that desire mean a salt water conversion is out and the BBB method is my only choice? (I'm okay if that is my only choice, I just want to be 100% certain I understand the options and choices here).
Thanks in advance for any insights offered!