$40 Per Month Care For Your Pool

by Pool Builders on 07-05-2009 in Articles

The BBB method for caring for your swimming pool has reduced our cost from $500-600/month to approximately $40/month. BBB stands for Bleach, Borax and Baking Soda.

Bleach is for chlorine (use regular or ultra unscented). One gallon of regular bleach with a 5.25% concentration will treat up to 10,000 gallons of water. Borax is used for raising pH. "20 Mule Team Borax" is great. Baking Soda is for raising Total Alkalinity (Arm & Hammer or generic is great). All three can be bought at the supermarket.

This is the simplest method for caring for your pool and there is no secret formula or secrets. The greatest concerns with a pool are Chlorine and pH levels. We use a pool testing kit to check our levels and proceed accordingly. Chlorine is controlled with bleach. If the pH is off, you can add Borax. We have never had to add anything but bleach.

We have 3 to 8 children swimming in our pool on a daily basis. They jump in with their sunscreen and bug spray and play all day. Once a week we backwash our pool. After backwashing the pool, we generally add bleach. If the pool begins to look cloudy, we add 1 to 2 gallons of bleach and the next morning it is clear as a bell.

The interesting part of this method is that we have never had to do anything for algae. People who have pools and spend tremendous amounts of money at pool stores come to our house and marvel at how clean our pool stays.
Most chemicals are useless junk. Even to "shock" a pool, all you do is raise the chlorine level high enough to kill everything growing in it.

Try it, you will like it!

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