Moved to a house 2 months ago that has a pool and am stocked about being a new pool owner.
Really appreciate your site as I've learned a ton already and ya'll are honest and have the consumers best interest in mind.
I think a lot of people (including me) new to pool ownership initially are vigilant towards chlorine because there is a fear factor about its adverse effects on health based on articles and things heard here and there. Iím a bit of a health freak myself and ovoid as much bad chemicals as possible. However, after countless hours of reading and research to get to a bottom line, I think I have a reasonable grasp on a philosophy towards pool ownership and the use of chlorine. Exposure to chlorine in small amount for short periods of time (2-3 hours or so) out way the risks of other systems that claim chemical independence or chlorine free methods. My tap water comes in at .5ppm and the EPA approves drinking water up to 4ppm of chlorine. (Although Iím planning on installing a filter to clear out chlorine and other additives)
Bare with me here as Iím leading to some questions. Just would like to first establish the above that Iím in support of using chlorine.
So Iím convinced that systems claiming chemical or chlorine free methods are not the way to go however, I would like to invest and/or set up a system that could minimize the adding of chemicals and was hoping you guys as experts could guide me through this with helping me understand a few things and maybe recommend some options.
Knowing that FC is dependent on CYA, is it possible to maintain a consistent 1ppm chlorine level and is there a system (maybe SWCG) that could help with this?
(The Del Ozone claims to be able to do this although Iíve had some feedback it would be a waste of money)
Is CYA a potential health hazard in pools and if so, is it better to not use a SWCG system since it requires higher levels of CYA?
What is safer to oneís health muriatic acid vs borax?
As a non-competent chemistry student, itís strange to poor bleach into the pool as opposed to purchasing specific pool chlorine but based on my reading of the BBB methodology, bleach consists of a more basic form of chlorine with less additives. So does this mean bleach is better for oneís health than pool specific chlorine?
Thanks again for your communal commitment to provide honest feedback.