I initially selected the non-SWG method because of the damages to furniture and some types of pool coping that salt was know to cause. After one year of trichlor tablets I ran into all of the problems associated with that method. I then drained most of the water and switched to the BBB (now TFPC) method. A good test kit and a peristaltic pump have made pool maintenance easy and predictable. NO algae or other typical pool problems ever occurred.
One thing that I suppose I hadn't anticipated was how rapidly the salt level would rise using bleach. After the first year of bleach I could taste salt in the water. It didn't seem to be a problem, and no one else could sense it so I just ignored it. After the two years of BBB my family began to notice it. Also, this spring we finally got a reasonable ammount of rain here just north of Houston, and excess water began to flow out of the overflow drain on to the St. Augustine grass in my yard. I noticed that it killed a pretty large patch of grass in an area exactly where the drain was. We have plantings of various greenery between the pool and deck and the previously healthy plants now began to stress and die where the most water splashing occurs. Most of the summer saw less rain and the grass seemed to recover until some recent heavy rainfall and overflow again killed a patch of grass. I have cartridge filters, so water is never flushed and replaced as would be the case with DE or sand filters. I finally just bit the bullet and drained nearly all of the water from the pool and started with new.
Anyway this is in no way a rant or complaint about the TFPC method. I can't think of an alternative that would be better. A SWG would be easiest but I really wanted to avoid salt. I was just wondering if others had experienced this and what they did to deal with it.
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