I had to replace my pool liner for our 18,000 gallon above ground pool. We had been using Baquacil products since we purchased the pool 3 years ago. The pool place at that time sold us on Baquacil as being a superior chemical system that among other things would give us a 10 year life on our pool liner. Unfortunately, that turns out to be untrue. Well $1200 later (pool liner) and a considerable sum for the Baquacil products, we now have an opportunity to start fresh with a chlorine chemical system.
I read through several of the posts here and think its all fairly straight forward. However, all the posts pretty much deal with converting "full" pools. Since we are now as we speak filling the pool with clear/clean water, is there any short cuts I can take? I assume that since the new water is chemical free, there is no real need to go through the chemical conversion processes described in other threads. Is my thinking correct here, can I jump right to a chlorine chemical startup?
I recognize there may be a glitch in my thinking above, in that I have a sand filter which likely still has Baquacil chemical residue. I would really rather not change out the sand this close to the end of the pool season. Reading on line there appears to be some products that might remove Baquacil from the filter sand such as "FlipOut" or "SoftSwim Filter Cleaner". Would these effectively clean the sand filter negating the need to change the filter sand?
Any other thoughts or suggestions. We have another day or 2 until the pool water is up to the required level. We are hoping to use our solar blanket to extend our pool season (North Carolina) into November.