My name is Emily. I bought a home back in January (of this year) and it happened to have a pool!
I was (and still mostly am) clueless to how pools work, but my fiance and I have a friend who worked at a local pool store. He went up to Outback Pool and Spas (where he worked) with us and we started the Step 3 Bioguard thing.
Everything was fine until the weather got hot. I live in North Texas--so it's over 100 degrees now!!!
Instead of enjoying my pool--I've been fighting mustard algae. Outback first had me put "Banish" in--which turned the pool water blue the next day. According to them, that meant all of the algae was dead. Then, I added a whole bottle of PhosFree and then added something to raise the alkalinity--I payed a **** ton for this white powdery stuff!
WELL--now that I have found this forum--and read up on things--I know that that white powdery stuff I added was baking soda! Outback screwed me over basically.
Fast foward two weeks later and I have algae AGAIN!
I take a sample back up to Outback and they tell me my phosphates are STILL high. I didn't buy anything from them this time though.
So, I have decided to switch to the BBB system.
Tonight, I ordered a test kit (TF-100).
I will update this thread once the kit comes in and post my results. I already have the pool calculator saved to my favorites.
I feel that I have a good understanding of what I need to do, and how everything works.
Chlorine - 6% (add according to your CYA/stabilizer number)
Borax - used to raise the pH
M. Acid - used to lower the pH
Baking Soda - used to increase alkalinity
CYA- used to raise CYA level
**Shock if algae or CC present.
The main problem I am concerned about is that we have had bubbles/air coming out of our return line. We think the drain plug on our pump is the problem. We are going to replace that tomorrow, but we had to turn the pump off overnight--so I know the algae problem is going to get worse. AND I hope it is the drain plug causing the air bubbles--it could be the laterals (?hope that is the right word?) in the sand filter.
OH..I have a vinyl pool--1 hp pump--sand filter--21,000 gallons! Sorry, I should have mentioned that first thing.
Anyway--I wanted to say hello to everyone here!
I am super excited about switching to the BBB method!!!