Baquacil problems all the time.

Baquacil, SoftSwim, Revacil, Splashes, Poly Clear. Using these
non-chlorine products and converting from biguanides back to chlorine.
Guest

Baquacil problems all the time.

Postby Guest » Fri 29 Jun, 2012 22:14

If you have water mold, you need to complete several steps in order to rid your pool of it. First step is to add a product called Line Clear from Baquacil. The generic form is potassium monopersulfate, sometimes called non-chlorine shock. Depending on the size of the pool, 2 to 4 pounds added slowly to the skimmer with the pump running. That will clear the plumbing lines of the water mold. Then add a Baquacil product called CDX wich inhibits an enzyme the mold produces that uses up the Oxidizer. Add the Oxidizer in front of the skimmer, then add the CDX in front of the skimmer. Brush the pool, clean the skimmers and pump basket. Brush everyting in the pool that might have water mold on it, ladders, steps, everything. After it clears, either clean your sand filter to remove it from the sand bed or replace the sand. I recommend replacing the sand.

You will continue to use CDX with Oxidizer to prevent another outbreak of water mold, throughout the season. It is very effective.


jkeimer

Baquacil problems all the time.

Postby jkeimer » Wed 04 Jul, 2012 09:23

I have been a Baquacil user since about 1986. I worked in the pool industry for a time in a retail establishment. My pool was the "guinea pig" to see the user's side experience with the product. BTW, I have not been in the pool business since 1990. In all these years I have never had issues, until perhaps the last three or so. I have to agree with others that the shock gets eaten very quickly. I noticed on the test strips that there is not a "normal" level for shock either. It's either no shock or add maintenance dose. But it seems that when the water temp goes above 80 we get algae. I'm not sure if it's the product, but I'm considering converting back to chlorine after this long marriage to Baquacil. Does anyone else have this issue? 18x33AG with Hayward EC 40 DE filter and 1hp pump. Albany, NY
Guest

Baquacil problems all the time.

Postby Guest » Tue 07 Aug, 2012 18:20

Same problems here. I had great luck the first 3 years on Bacquicil. Last year and this...crazy. Have spend literally hundreds of dollars on chemicals, get the water tested all the time. They say my water balance is perfect...REALLY?? Then why is it pea soup green and I can't see the bottom? Have swiched out sand for the second time THIS SEASON. Pool store has no explanation or guidance to offer. I wish there was an easy answer response on how to fix. Tired of throwing money in the pool and not enjoying it.
Guest

Baquacil problems all the time.

Postby Guest » Tue 07 Aug, 2012 18:22

oh yeah, on post above, also added CDX with no result.........
ellie855

Baquacil problems all the time.

Postby ellie855 » Thu 04 Jul, 2013 09:35

Oh---don't tell us we aren't maintaining right because I do--like most said---first few years were great--last year it was the pink algae--this year it is the green algae--nothing seems to be working....I have a family reunion in two weeks and am ready to switch out to chlorine just to get it clear again!!!
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Baquacil problems all the time.

Postby chem geek » Thu 04 Jul, 2013 14:06

What do you want us to say? Baquacil is known to be difficult. It starts out OK, but then becomes more likely to develop white water mold or other problems. Using sufficient oxidizer (hydrogen peroxide) can help, but for many people they need to change their water to get things back in shape. It's an expensive system. Chlorine properly used is far less expensive and won't have problems if the Free Chlorine (FC) level is kept at no lower than 7.5% of the Cyanuric Acid (CYA) level. If you want to convert, you can read how to Convert Your Baqua Pool to Chlorine and read the hundreds of conversions in this forum .
VA Girl

Baquacil problems all the time.

Postby VA Girl » Wed 02 Jul, 2014 07:24

We are 1st time pool owners and use Baquacil. Bought this home last spring, so this is 2nd year we've used it. (Previous owners told us they switched from chlorine 3 years before we purchased.). We've zero problems whatsoever. Last year the sellers got the pool ready for us (we moved in July 1), so we winterized ourselves in the fall and were completely surprised to find a crystal clear pool once we uncovered it in May. More surprised to find it only cost $60 in chemicals to shock it and get the water ready for swimming. :o

We vacuum regularly and don't backwash unless the pressure gets close to 20. Use the algae killer stuff once per week (2 oz) and when in the pool scrub around the sides although there is no algae because we were told its good for the pool/keeps the bloom away. Maybe we spend up to $100 a month in chemicals? I don't mind though because I hate the smell of chlorine and it dries my skin. It's worth a few extra dollars to have clean feeling water that the water bugs and little frogs also swim in which is so cool!

We are in the woods, but the pool in full sun all day long until about 6pm. We have well water...not sure that helps or hurts in the upkeep. We will continue using Baquacil because we feel CLEAN when we come out of the pool instead of like we need a shower (as with chlorine). All that to say I'm sure it's all down to what one likes best. Other people I know use baking soda type methods or otherwise and are happy.

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