As we are nearing the end of pool season here in the midwest soon, I thought I would share some insights after my first full season of using the BBB method. I was converted in the summer of 2012 when my pool turned green about mid June and the stuff the pool store sold me to "clear it right up" made it way worse. A month later I had a clear pool thanks to HTH Green to Blue and implementing the BBB method - vowing to never again listen to pool store advice on water chemistry!
So, here were are in late August. The pool (27 ft AG) has been sparkling clear from the day I opened it in May. The cool thing is, I didn't shock the pool once all summer! There was not a trace of green algae anywhere in the pool all summer long, not even in those stubborn hide out spots it likes to grow in under the ladder.
I did add Borax to the pool this season. Aside from giving the water a slightly softer feel when swimming, I didn't really notice any other difference. It was very clear to begin with. I know Borax is supposed to cut down your chlorine consumption but I didn't really notice that it did. PH and Total Alk have remained very stable all season. The only time I really messed with the PH at all was when I added the Borax. Smooth sailing ever since.
Bottom line, if anyone is or has been on the fence about BBB - just do it! It makes total sense, it's cheaper and you spend way less time worrying about the pool. Now, if only I could find something this easy to help finish the deck I'm trying to build around the pool!!! HAPPY SWIMMING!