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    Adding bleach daily?

    I'm new and very pleased with BBB.

    My numbers are great and the pool looks good (Knock Wood!)

    My only question is it normal to be adding a bit of bleach daily? It's not much but when the pool calc calls for it I do.

    I think it's hard to break the puck mindset of drop it and forget it for days.
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    Re: Adding bleach daily?

    Yes. Read my signature V V V
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    Re: Adding bleach daily?

    Very normal. If you raise it a couple points higher than recommended you can often get by with every-other-day during times where nobody is swimming (which is now for us Ohioans). When people are swimming often or the water temp is over 90 it is best to stay on top of it daily.
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    Re: Adding bleach daily?

    How much are you having to add daily and what is your cya level?
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    Re: Adding bleach daily?

    A pool is like a pet - you have to feed it every day, even the days you don't want to play with it!
    Richard 320..that phrase is awesome...so true too.
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    Re: Adding bleach daily?

    Thanks! I wasn't (too) worried but just wanted to confirm that it wasn't supposed to last for days in there. The first week I was adding bleach in the a.m. (pool gets full sun all day). I finally started adding it at night (failure to follow directions will be noted on my Pool School interim report
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    Re: Adding bleach daily?

    I cheat a little and add 1 gallon every other day...my CYA is 55-60 and I lose about 2ppm per day...the gallon bumps my chlorine up about 4.5 ppm and that usually gets me through 2 days.
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    Re: Adding bleach daily?

    Quote Originally Posted by Concho
    I cheat a little and add 1 gallon every other day...my CYA is 55-60 and I lose about 2ppm per day...the gallon bumps my chlorine up about 4.5 ppm and that usually gets me through 2 days.
    This is exactly what BBB allows. Get to know your pool and you can tweak the testing and dosing (to some degree, at least).
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    Re: Adding bleach daily?

    Note that if you use a pool cover that is more opaque, then the chlorine loss can be less. Mine is around 1 ppm per day as a result and that's with the pool used every day for 1-2 hours so I add chlorine around twice a week. If the pool were kept closed and not used, the daily loss would be around 0.6 to 0.7 ppm per day and the only reason it's that high is that the water temp is around 88ºF.
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    Re: Adding bleach daily?

    Thanks! We are full sun, no cover so I know that impacts chlorine loss too.
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    Re: Adding bleach daily?

    Entirely normal to add chlorine daily during swim season. Organic contaminants are constantly trying to invade a pool and chlorine kills them off before they have a chance to get a foothold. As a result, some chlorine is consumed simply by doing its job as a sanitizer. Sunlight is also another cause of chlorine loss, though a cover can help mitigate loss from this factor.
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