Can you maintain your swimming pool using everyday household items? It seems imaginative at best, and if you've ever gone to a pool store, you'll be skeptical of this strategy. However, PoolSolutions pioneered the BBB approach, and CarlD invented the phrase. It is an abbreviation for Bleach, Baking Soda, and Borax. These are the only chemicals needed to clean your pool.
The BBB method requires only two ingredients that most people have on hand: baking soda and chlorine. By combining these two products, you can remove stains from your pool's surface and disinfect it at the same time.
Stains from pesticides or other chemicals used on your lawn will come off with ease once they have been soaked in water for a few minutes. Then, all you need to do is scrub the area with a soft brush or toothbrush and rinse thoroughly.
For additional protection, you can add one cup of bleach to each 10,000 gallons of water. This should be done only as a last resort because too much chlorine can be harmful to humans. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes before rinsing it away. If you want to use a pump and filter, there is no need to switch them off during cleaning processes.
These are just some of the many ways that you can keep your pool clean without having to buy expensive pool chemicals. The key is to use the right amount of chlorine and not to over-clean the pool.
On my route, I use 12.5 percent liquid chlorine, while most bleach is 6 percent -9 percent by content. That means I need 1 part baking soda to 2 parts bleach or vice versa.
The idea is to make a large volume of water safe to swim in by using all-natural ingredients. It's easy to do and requires no electricity. You simply pour the baking soda into the pool and let it sit for 30 minutes to an hour. The sodium borate in baking soda kills bacteria and other organisms in the water, making it safe to swim in.
Then you rinse the pool with water to remove any residue from the baking soda. Finally, add some chlorine to the pool and you're ready to go!
There are many advantages to using the BBB method. It saves money because there are no electricity bills nor do you need to buy chlorine. It's also protective of the environment because there's no dumping of chemicals into our lakes and oceans. And lastly, it's safe for children to play in because there is no risk of poisoning from ingesting anything in the pool.
The only disadvantage of this method is that it takes longer to get your pool ready for swimming than it does with conventional methods.
Muriatic acid, which I shall discuss later in this post, is the only other chemical you will require on a daily basis. The others are all involved with pool sanitation.
The first thing you should do is clean your filter. This can be as simple as a wash with some pool water and a little chlorine. Let the filter dry completely before re-installing it in your pool. You will need to replace the granular material in the sand filter. This can be done periodically by pouring some muriatic acid into a 16 oz bottle and shaking it to mix the acid with the sand. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes after mixing and then pour it out. Repeat this process until the acidity level reaches 1 percent.
After about 6 months you will need to clean out your skimmer basket. Put a bucket under the spout of your skimmer basket to collect any debris that may have accumulated. Now put a few drops of acid in the bucket and stir it up. Scum and other foreign objects will start to dissolve. Once you are satisfied that the acid has reached the level you want, empty the bucket into the pool.
Your acid level is now too high so add more baking soda until it reaches the level you want.
One of the most significant pool cleaning chemicals is chlorine. It is critical to keep your pool clean and sanitary. For good reason, it is the most commonly used chemical to maintain a pool clean. When utilized properly, it should be simple to maintain and keep your pool healthy without endangering others who swim in it.
Chlorine is available in two forms: gas and powder. Both are effective at killing bacteria and other organisms that can cause illness in humans. However, each has its advantages and disadvantages. Chlorine gas is more effective but also more dangerous if not handled properly. It is made by pouring sodium hypochlorite (a salt of chlorine) into a container and allowing the gas to escape. The resulting mixture is poured through a diffuser box that spreads the gas throughout the pool. This process should only be done by a certified pool technician because too much gas may be released which could result in asphyxiation.
The advantage of using chlorine gas is that there is no danger involved except for potential damage to property or people from an overflow when too much gas is released. The disadvantage is that it is difficult to control how much goes into the pool so you never know what level of chlorine will remain after use. This can be remedied by adding more gas at a rate recommended by your pool care company, but this will increase the cost of treatment.
When you add baking soda to your pool water, you elevate the pH and alkalinity, which improves stability and clarity. Baking soda is the principal active component in many commercial pool alkalinity-raising products. It works by replacing some of the acid ions in the water with base ions, resulting in a more neutral pH and higher alkalinity.
The pH of pool water should be maintained between 7.5 and 8.5. Alkalinity helps prevent metal corrosion in filters and heaters. It can also help reduce the amount of chlorine needed for sanitization purposes. When calculating the amount of baking soda to add to your pool, take into account that the total volume will be reduced as the baking soda reacts with any acidity present in the water.
Baking soda is an effective ingredient for balancing pH and increasing alkalinity in a pool. However, it can also contribute to other problems if used improperly or in large quantities. Consult with a pool professional before adding baking soda to your pool.