Baquacil vs chlorine

Baquacil, SoftSwim, Revacil, Splashes, Poly Clear. Using these
non-chlorine products and converting from biguanides back to chlorine.
George27

Baquacil vs chlorine

Postby George27 » Tue 21 Jun, 2011 15:31

pjs518 wrote:This is my second year with bacquacil; I had a cloudy water problem this season but a chemcial named floccoulant cleared it up. Water is crystal clear and no problems (knock on wood). I find the advice of increasing shock good advice because usually it is always the lowest level on a monthly biasis.


I've used bacquacil for over 10 years. Cloudy water used to be a problem until I started to use alum as a filter aid. Adding alum in filter basket and running the filter continuosly clears up cloudy water. Also alum is cheaper than flocculant and peroxicide.

Yes the Baquacil system is more expensive. However, it is less time consuming. I only deal with chemicals once a week. Also when I'm away for a couple weeks and can't add chemicals, the pool will be fine when I return.

George


alazybee

Baquacil vs chlorine

Postby alazybee » Tue 05 Jul, 2011 17:27

Well I am in a worried state. I use Baquacil and have white mold...I believe that the problem started with the pool people keeping the oxidizer level to low. they said 15 was good. Not good. I called the 1-800 # and Baq. people told me to keep my level at 150 to keep the mold out. I believe that the pool store is wanting my money and they were getting it. I am now going to minerals and chlorine taps...with my fingers crossed. I have a 24 ft on the ground pool that I am missing.... :?

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Baquacil vs chlorine

Postby chem geek » Wed 06 Jul, 2011 03:09

Read How to Convert Your Baqua Pool to Chlorine . Realize that metal ions can stain pool surfaces (especially plaster and fiberglass) and that copper ions are what make blond hair greenish. If you properly maintain a Free Chlorine (FC) level relative to the Cyanuric Acid (CYA) level, then you will prevent algae growth without the need for metal ions, algaecides, phosphate removers or other products.
Tom B

Baquacil vs chlorine

Postby Tom B » Mon 01 Aug, 2011 19:14

I have green algae all the time.. i vaccum everyday n im following the prescribed procedures..what can i do to clear it up
tmc

Baquacil vs chlorine

Postby tmc » Wed 14 Sep, 2011 23:11

We just bought a house with an inground pool and were thinking of using baquacil bc chlorine is so hard to the hair. Several people in my family have long blonde hair and chlorine kills it. Is there a way to make the chlorine less damaging?
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Postby chem geek » Fri 16 Sep, 2011 02:11

You can minimize chlorine damage to hair by having the active level be lower. Are the experiences you describe with damaged hair after swimming in commercial/public pools, especially indoor pools? If so, then that is because they typically have 10-20 times the active chlorine level of an outdoor residential pool. This is because they do not use Cyanuric Acid (CYA) aka stabilizer or conditioner in the water. CYA acts as a chlorine buffer and makes the active chlorine level much, much lower. If you have a pool where the Free Chlorine (FC) level is around 10% of the CYA level, then the active chlorine level is roughly the same as a pool with an FC of only 0.1 ppm with no CYA.

So first and foremost would be to use CYA in your pool. Then maintain the FC at around 7.5% of the CYA level if you are manually dosing the pool. That's a starting point. If you want to go lower than this level of chlorine, then that will cost you more as you would then need to use supplemental algaecide and/or phosphate remover. You could add 50 ppm Borates to the pool, use Polyquat 60 weekly and/or use a phosphate remover. All of these should inhibit algae growth and probably let you have your FC be around 2-3% of the CYA level. Do NOT use a copper-based algaecide -- it can turn those with blonde hair greenish and can also cause metal staining, especially in plaster pools. See the Pool School for more information on how to maintain your pool.

You can also use shampoos that help to remove or neutralize chlorine in hair. I describe some that my wife uses in this post .
nucchik

Baquacil vs chlorine

Postby nucchik » Sat 24 Sep, 2011 17:01

I have developed a sensitivity to chlorine. Does anyone have any suggestions other than switching to Baquacil? I have an above ground pool.
Guest

Baquacil vs chlorine

Postby Guest » Thu 10 May, 2012 07:26

I have used Baquacil for the past 8-9 years. Loved it up until the couple of years. It is harder and harder to get the water clear. I test my water at least once a week, but kept getting this pink slime (think it was water mold), nothing works to rid it ! The dealer also told me to switch back to chlorine. This year, I drained the pool, and am seriouly considering going back to Chlorine. Baqaucil is more expensive for sure.
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Baquacil vs chlorine

Postby chem geek » Tue 15 May, 2012 17:00

So you've really developed a sensitivity to chlorine? So you are now unable to take a bath or shower in your home because of the chlorinated water (or is it chloraminated or do you have filters removing the chlorine or chloramine)? Odds are that you aren't sensitive to chlorine but that your pool may not be managed properly (CYA level may be too high or FC too low) or that you are sensitive to some other chemical you may be adding to your pool (such as non-chlorine shock or algicide or clarifier).
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Baquacil vs chlorine

Postby Wendyjjj » Thu 16 Aug, 2012 10:14

We put in a pool last year used chlorine and me and my daughters kept getting ear infection. Years ago when my older daughter was little we had a pool and switch to Baquacil for that reason. Please note last year I kept my chlorine levels real low because of this. We switched to Baquacil this year and have not had any ear infections but have green algae now and cannot get rid of it. Our pool guy told us to go with the IN THE SWIM products as they were more resonable. We us their version called splash and it is much more affordable.

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