I have been a BBB convertee for the majority of last season and, being in Texas, have kept my pool open over the winter with no problems (though it took me about 2 months to realize that my SWCG does not produce chlorine below 59F ).
Despite the fact that it's 45F in the pool right now I am already thinking about getting the pool ready to swim in. We managed to get in, all be it briefly, at the end of March last year!
I have been reading for a while about moving to 50ppm Borates and wanted to check in here one time before took the plunge. From what I have read on the forum I think these are the pros and cons from my side:
- Better pH control – this is a big + for me!
Better Algae control – Cool!
Unconfirmed miraculous water properties – smother skin, silkier hair, brining granny back from the dead etc…..
- Bad if pets drink from the pool – I have no pets
Must be happy with handling the acid in those volumes – With my pH control issues, a walk in the park
It’s going to cost about $60 in chemicals
Gotta buy separate test strips
If you don’t add the Borax carefully and you overshoot then there’s no going back except draining.
Did I miss anything?
My numbers are:
I have a really small amount of Iron staining that I was planning to take care of in the summer (when I can get in the pool and stay in for a while without a dry-suit) and am assuming that the Borates will have no effect on this either way.
Thanks as ever for your comments TFP team!