First of all, thanks to Trouble Free Pools and all of you in the Forum for the abundance of information on the website. This is my first post. My problem was that I could not hold chlorine, mountains of shock didn’t solve the problem. With that, I made the shift to BBB, liquid chlorine and Slamming. After an intense 2 days and 17 gallons of bleach the problem was burned out, I'm holding chlorine and no CC. Thank you all so much, I’m a believer!
I have a few remaining questions now that my problem has been resolved and I plan to continue to use BBB.
1. Going forward, just to maintain my pool with the BBB approach (not Slamming), I assume I continue to check my water...determine what measurements are below target...punch those values into the PoolMath calculator and make the recommended adjustments…is that correct?.
2. Chlorine in now down to the 5ppm after slamming. Question, with my previous "pool store" approach, my target was 1-3ppm for Chlorine. Why is the target range higher for the BBB method (4-6ppm)? Additionally, should I be concerned that after two days that my FC has dipped to 2ppm and I need to put another half gallon on bleach in the pool to maintain 5ppm?
3.As I was trying to fight my problems with the "Pool Store” approach, I bought 25 pounds of Calcium Hypochloride (Leslie Power Pounder Plus) and a season’s supply of Tricolor tabs earlier this year. Do they both contain CYA? If so, its hard for me to see how I can ever use them (aside from while on vacations) if I want to keep my CYA in the 50 ppm range. Seems like using the above chemicals will only increase my CYA and make it harder for me to use the liquid bleach going forward. On the other hand, I’d like to get some value out of these chemicals since I have nearly $200 invested. Am I seeing things clearly or am I getting paranoid about CYA with the BBB method? Hard for me to see my CYA level ever going down in the future unless I take some of the water out of the pool again….thoughts?
FC - 5 but dipping to 2-3 after a few days
TA - 70
PH - 7.5
CYA - 50