I am a new pool owner and new to BBB. I bought a house in Las Vegas and have started by bringing water to a pool store, they are very helpful with any questions that I have and I have learned a lot from them. But of course I start reading forums and some information is conflicting.
1. Liquid bleach/chlorine. I understand every pool is different, so far it seems to make the chlorine right I generally need 1lb bag of "shock" every week. It hasn't been summer yet. The Pool store says checking water weekly is fine, and suggested quick check before jumping in, but don't need to mess with it everyday and shouldn't need to test daily either. Unless of course you have heavy usage. Is this true? The main question is a bag of shock costs me $2.50, so I guess is I switch to BBB it would seem I would spend more money on bleach when I have done some calculations. Does this make sense?
2. If I switch to BBB, should I still float 3" tabs?
3. Pool store says liquid chlorine raise pH levels, Here in Nevada the water is very hard and pH is constantly on the rise, generally using acid weekly to lower it. So if I switch the BBB won't adding liquid chlorine just outweigh the acid and make the chlorine inefficient anyhow? Is there truth to what I was told? Generally before I add "shock" I add Acid first, wait a few hours then shock.
4. I have been reading about CYA and understand the only way to remove CYA is to drain partially. Pool store says water last 2-3 seasons before draining anyhow, i understand by adding "shock" it raises CYA correct? So adding liquid chlorine does not do this?
Before you say it I am ordering my TFT100 kit today.