Is it possible to run weekly cleaning services with BBB method?

AquaB

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Jul 12, 2020
4
Plano, Texas
I have followed instruction from TFP in past two month and the result is amazing. Water is sparking clean with no need for shock for more than a month. I had to drain water once to lower CYA to around 60, but the problem was a left-over from previous use of dichlor and trichlor.
I am wondering is it possible to run weekly cleaning services with BBB method, especially during hot summer? When there is no SWCG, trichlor tablets are good at maintaining CI level by slowly dissolving into water. If using LC, one needs to add liquid chlorine manually and daily. It is inconvenient considering how LC may bleach clothes and deck if not handled properly.
 

CrystalRiver

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Jun 19, 2020
311
Massachusetts
Using tablets will always add something undesired, either calcium or CYA. Those will build up rather quickly, causing other problems.

The method really does require daily additions of non-solid chlorine. There are three ways to do that: SWCG, manual dosing of liquid, or using a pump to dose liquid.
 

Jimrahbe

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Jul 7, 2014
19,494
Bedford, TX
A,

You can use tablets, if that is what you want to do, but you still have to test your CYA and when it gets too high, drain some of the pool water and start over. Depending on where you live this is not an issue... Since pools in Texas are open 365, it is a little harder to do here..

That is why the Saltwater Chlorine Generator (SWCG) was invented.. In my mind the only kind of pool to have. Easy to maintain and when you get out of the pool you feel like you just took a shower and not like you need a shower.. :mrgreen:

Thanks,

Jim R.
 
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AquaB

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Jul 12, 2020
4
Plano, Texas
@CrystalRiver @Jimrahbe Thank you for the replies. Sorry I didn't follow up sooner. I was talking to an owner of a pool service company yesterday about this, and how to maintain FC level during weekdays. He said to use cal-hypo tablets. When asked about high CH level, he said it is not a big deal to have high CH if TA is low and CSI is near zero and it is ok to have up to 500ppm with lower TA. This guy has been in the business for more than 40 years, so I assume he knows what he is saying.
 

mknauss

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May 3, 2014
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Laughlin, NV
That is true. During summer, with higher evaporation rates, keeping TA and pH low enough could be an issue. And cal hypo raises pH. Also, you need a special device to control the cal hypo erosion. Mostly used in commercial pools.
 

Donldson

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Jun 12, 2009
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NW Ohio
This guy has been in the business for more than 40 years, so I assume he knows what he is saying.
Spend a little time on the site and you'll get over that kind of thinking. 40 years in the industry usually means their understanding of pool chemistry has been unchanged for 4 decades and they believe that their years of experience makes anything they say undeniable truth.