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indytiger
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Trouble free pools success stories

For those who use this method, how do you like it? What are the pros and cons you've noticed?

I'm getting tired of constantly bringing samples to the store, getting upsold on expensive chemicals, and still having weekly algae blooms. Thinking about switching over.


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For those who use this method, how do you like it? What are the pros and cons you've noticed?


It's easy and my water is always crystal clear. There's not much to it though. Be mindful of CYA and keep free chlorine at appropriate level. Keep some tabs on hand for vacations or raising CYA when needed.


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jmon
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I have a Salt Water pool and it's a great resource, pool is sparkling clean. You will still have to get your water tested, initially, and invest in a good test kit to compare the results from the store test to what your reading are. Once you get the hang of it, you'll be good to go.


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Easy peasy


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FieldEngineer
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You will still have to get your water tested


Nah, he can just test it himself.


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I read a little on TFP. Haven’t in a couple years, though. All I really took away was the importance of testing yourself. This was certainly eye opening. Now I could not imagine owning a pool and having to get others to test the water for me.

When I was having frequent algae blooms, it was because I was not keeping up with my salt, chlorine. This sometimes just means that CYA is low, though. CYA management has probably been the biggest impact for me.
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TigerAlum1982
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Where do you bring it? I bring mine to Russell Pools on Airline and although I’ve bought some stuff from them just because it was easier, they have never tried to sell me a bunch of things.


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LSUSports247
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I’ve had salt water pool for two years and never once bought a sample to get tested. I only test ph and cl, water is alway clear.

I only put salt, bleach, and acid in on occasion. Spent $80-$100 on that this year

Even after IDA had it looking like a swamp, cleared up in 2-3 days after I got power back.
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RaginCajunz
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Salt water pool. I test the PH regularly and almost always need to add acid. I test the chlorine periodically and it is almost always in a good range. I try to test the other stuff about once a month. (CYA, Total Alkalinity, calcium hardness)

I'm about a year and a half in and water is always clear and clean. Never once have I brought a test vial to a store. Just a taylor kit and 5 minutes a week max.



jmon
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Nah, he can just test it himself.


In my post I said "initially" you will still have to get your water tested to compare results. Pretty sure Trouble Free Pools recommends this, as well. The salt water reading PPM was critical to get spot on and calibrated.


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SATNIGHTS
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I use the App and it is very very easy. My water is always crystal clear and I spend much less than what I remember my Dad paying growing up by bringing his samples to a store.

Buy a Taylor test kit and it’s easy peezy.


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SATNIGHTS
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The only time I have had to have the store test in 3 years was for metals. I can test everything else.


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REB BEER
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I learned a lot from TFP and used to use bleach for the chlorine, but now that bleach is sky-high, I use tablets for the convenience factor. I have a chlorinator that I can put 6 or 7 in and not have to worry about it for 3 weeks or more.

I test once a week with the strips and haven't added anything but tablets for 2 months.


TygerB8
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Any issues with the CYA levels due to chlorine tablets? Based on the "experts" at TFP, its like the 11th Commandment - Thou shall not use chlorine tablets and use salt water generator. According to them, eventually the CYA approaches levels that do not allow for appropriate free chlorine levels and the only remedy is to drain pool.


GeauxingtoGA
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Adding acid to a salt pool is normal. They naturally have a high ph


RaginCajunz
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Yeah, my understanding is the result of the NaCl bond breaking to free the chlorine yields chlorine and sodium hydroxide as the sodium bonds with oxygen in the process. That has a very high ph so it constantly needs acid to neutralize.


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xcoach
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I've had a saltwater pool for say about last 10 years. I use the Clorox pool app on my phone. You can test your water and call them for advise ( I like calling ). Water always been good to go!


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oldskule
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Copper or rare earth is the way to go....


RoyalWe
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Maintaining your water is easy to do. Get a good test kit.


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fwtex
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I would not make the change to salt. We had the algae blooms most of the summer and could not figure it out until a couple weeks ago. We were testing PH and Chlorine weekly but not alkalinity. When tested it it was really low, added 10 pounds of soda ash and also put sprinkled some yellow out in the yellow areas and it was all gone in 10 minutes.

Now back to just monitoring ph and chlorine. Only use liquid chlorine.


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