Hi! I feel as if I know everyone here even though this is my first post and I'm a new member. I've been lurking for a bit. Observing as some would say! On to our dilemma. We started having problems with our Baq holding last year and it went down hill from there. We switched to chlorine towards the end of the season with the idea of going back to Baq this year. The cover came off in the spring and everything looked great. I was quite surprised. I've heard of people with chlorine pools opening to a green mess. I still wanted to go back to Baq because of the ease of it. I can go away for a long weekend and not worry about it. We went ahead and started Baq since our chlorine was zero. Right off the bat the pool went cloudy on me and then within just a few days my levels were very low just like the problem we had last year. We decided to go ahead and let things drop and go with chlorine and not mess with. Then went in a few days later to the pool shop to have levels checked and our oxidizer was way higher than it had been even though nothing had been added. Our sanitizer was up too, which I expected since I had put two pints more in. That stuff's expensive! I'm not sure what to make of the levels being different other than operator error. Or possibly, I collected the first water from one area of the pool and the second one from on the other side of the eyeball where the water would have just come the filter. So I've been reading about the BBB method and think it sounds grand. Wish I had known about before I dumped all that Baq into the pool!!!
I have a question on the conversion. I know I can just start putting bleach in and keep those levels up. Last year when we when switched to chlorine I used a product (yes,from the pool store) called flip-out. It's active ingredients are potassium persulfate and sodium bisulphate. You're supposed to be able to swim during the conversion and not have all the lovely shades of water. Is anyone familiar with it and what is it?? You just put in 2lbs per 10,000 gal. and throw some pucks in the skimmer and go. It runs $30 for 2 pounds and I have one pound left from last year so I would only need two pounds. Leslie's doesn't sell it but poolsupplies.com does if anyone wanted to see the description. It seems as if you can go through a lot of bleach, more than $30 by going with that method The next question is since I only have a limited amount of baq having gone through our new sand do you think I would still need to replace it or maybe just backwash and clean it?? We replaced the sand last year for the first time after 4 seasons of fairly light bather loads. The old sand wasn't the least bit gummy or yucky at all.
I'm waiting do anything drastic until I can get a decent test kit. The pool store doesn't sell anything better than Wally. Saturday we'll be able to go to a Leslie's pool store and grab that.
I'd sure appreciate any help you all can give me.
Thanks in advance!
24 ' above ground vinyl
1 hp pump
18" sand filter (I think, the 18" part not the sand part)
Our last readings on Tuesday were: (just in case it matters!)
Baquacil sanitizer 27
Baq Oxidizer 110