For pool maintenance, you can use these generic household chemicals to replace most of the pool store ones.
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By Ronnie in NJ (Guest Post)08/24/2008
I have a high end pool store a 1/2 mile from the house I moved into in 2005. I spent hundreds trying to get the water to read right on their "computer". One day I came home and it was green, I almost lost my mind!
I came across a similar pool site that gave the same suggestions, along with the "technical" reasons why it was o.k.
I am happy to say, my pool has never looked better! Water is crystal clear, stubborn black mold on the liner is completely gone and I have not used algicide once this summer.
Takes some experimenting with amounts for your pool. I have a 20 * 40, liner pool and I usually only put a half bag baking soda (from BJ's) or 1/2 box Borax (make sure it is 20 mule and not detergent!!!!)
Also, my father has been maintaining their 16*32 liner pool for YEARS with just liquid clorine & algecide.
Pool places want to sell chemicals and promote the hype. This stuff truly works!
By regina frohn (Guest Post)06/11/2007
help....we are new to all this and are spending $$$$ on chemicals and still getting cloudy and green/yellow water....we have shocked it , algae it and scrubbed it...help...next I am going to drain it and plant flowers....
By Robert Joanis06/07/2007
Very true. Pool maintenance can be hazardous if caution is not taken when dealing with caustic or oxidation chemicals. However, following the precautions right on the label of the products is enough to keep one safe.
Not sure what the problem was about the eye problems, but I've never encountered them nor heard of such.
By Lynda (Guest Post)05/27/2007
Hm-m-m-mmmm. This reminds me of my neighbor a block away who is renting a house/pool, on low buget and whose husband died mysteriously at an early age. The pool pump/filter is broken so they just add whatever chemicals they can to the pool, not knowing what's what. It's critical that anyone trying to do their own pool service know how to use and to buy a water PH tester, then keep it up.
Also, Muriatic Acid and Common Bleach can truly burn the eyes, skin so BE CAREFUL, BE CAREFUL....
My mother had a pool for 20 yrs. and every single pool maintenance person began to have eye problems, left and was promptly replaced by some unsuspecting young person, and the same story
repeated itself. It's terribly dangerous, especially if the pool is located in full sun and in the SOUTH or
TEXAS. Use EXTREME CAUTION and do your homework. God bless and keep you. : )
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