OK, I am new to this form, but heard about it from the intheswim.com forum.
Much more information here than I could ever imagine.
First, I read about the BBB method, and thought it to be very interesting but do not plan to utilize it. I have had this house a year now and my pool is a 16000 gallon 16x32' inground pool with a sand filtration system on it and a 1.5 hp pump. I felt a ittle uncomfortable about adding bleach to a vinyl lined pool, but from reading more comments from people, I may consider it down the road.
Second. My problem is the following: I live in ND and the wather is always intersting. Its been windy and by windy I mean 40-60 mp winds for the last month. Never seen anything like it. Luckily we live in the middle of town and that helps as the dirt blows something terrible in the country and I think when it hits down, it just drops right in my pool. So, I have now vacuumed to waste and that really elliminated much of the mud and grim on the pool. All my chemicals are in check and the pool is clear as a bell. Looks great except for the little mud/dirt in the bottom of the pool. I am now trying a combination of my aquabot and then vacumming it manually in the filter mode. It has helped and I do backwash my filter once a week.
My question is this, should I continue to vacumm like I have or should I try to the waste vacuum method? I hate to do this as it takes so much water all the time, plus the loss of the chems in the pool. I think I will try to vaccum in filter and continue to use my aquabot and if the weather holds and the wind goes down some, I think I will lick this issue but any comments or suggestions from you guys would really be appreciated.
You all seem really knowledgable and I do plan to purchase one of your test kits as mine are from the pool place and really are not that accurate like I would want them to be.
Thanks for any help you could offer. Did I mention its cold yet up here! This weather has been a pain in my rear this year. Really frustrating ya know.