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Cloudy Water in Biguanide treated swimming pools.
Let's first say that as with any pool chemical maintenance program, it is always preferable to prevent rather than treat problems that can occur.  This includes proper water balance - pH 7.4 - 7.6, total alkalinity 125 - 150 ppm, calcium hardness about 200 ppm - and chemical maintenance - regular, correct additions of BioGuard® Soft Swim® A, B or C.   Along with regular filter cleaning, pool maintenance (vacuuming, brushing & cleaning) and regular additions of
BioGuard® Optimizer Plus® & AquaFinesse® Pool Water Care Tablets, you can have a great non-chlorine, non-bromine experience year after year after year.

One of the "problems" with biguanide systems is that the pool becomes so easy to maintain, many pool owners miss or omit their maintenance routine.  This is "done" by neglecting to shock (number one omission), vacuum, brush the walls & clean the filter.  The thinking is, "the pool looks great, I don't have to anything this week.  I'll let it go."  You're looking for trouble.

Cloudy water - normally (almost all of the time) seen or experienced because the pool has not been properly maintained. Period.  The typical scenario that we see is after 4 weeks, the water still looks great.  Pool owner won't shock it because "it doesn't need to be shocked."  The water is still nice & clear.  The pool should have been shocked more than a week earlier.  The pool owner was "saving" money.  Algae & bacteria begin to grow aggressively. The water has a slight haze to it.


Hazy Water - doesn't sparkle double shock the pool - 1 gallon shock or "C" per 5,000 gallons.   Run filter continuously until clear.
 
Cloudy water - bottom is barely visible double or triple shock - 1 to 2 gallons shock or "C" per 5,000 gallons.  Run filter continuously until clear.  Use Soft Swim Filter Aid to help the filter remove fine particles.
 
Opaque - bottom is not visible Triple shock the pool - 1 to 2 gallons shock or "C" per 5,000 gallons.  Run filter continuously until clear.  Use Soft Swim Filter Aid to help the filter remove fine particles.
 
Hazy water & pH is high (over 7.8) Lower pH to 7.4 with BioGuard Lo 'n Slo pH decreaser


Algae
Let's first say that as with any pool chemical maintenance program, it is always preferable to prevent rather than treat problems that can occur.  This includes proper water balance - pH 7.4 - 7.6, total alkalinity 125 - 150 ppm, calcium hardness about 200 ppm - and chemical maintenance - regular, correct additions of BioGuard® Soft Swim® A, B or C.   Along with regular filter cleaning, pool maintenance (vacuuming, brushing & cleaning) and regular additions of BioGuard® Optimizer Plus® & AquaFinesse Pool Water Care Tablets, you can have a great non-chlorine, non-bromine experience year after year after year.


Frankly, we don't typically see algae problems with SoftSwim treated pools. Maintaining the system procedures makes all the difference


High Consumption or "C" or Oxidizer-Clarifier

Why do you have it & what causes it:
High consumption rates of Soft Swim® "C" (also Baqua Shock®, Splashes® Shock, Revacil® Shock) are caused by a variety of factors.  High consumption refers to the fact that your pool is or seems to be "using" a lot of hydrogen peroxide shock. Here's a list of the most common causes:

Heavy metals (iron, copper, manganese) present in the pool water (even trace amounts).
Early algae growth.
Poor circulation due to inadequate pump (horse power doesn't mean too much, sometimes smaller is better) or positioning of the return jets.
Poor circulation due to lack of pool usage.
Overwhelming introduction of dirt & debris into the pool (overhanging trees, construction area nearby, etc.).
Addition of fresh water through rainfall or garden hose.  Especially large amounts over a short period of time.
Bio-film growth in the pool filter system & piping.
Heavy bather usage without proper additions of sanitizers/oxidizers.
Overwhelming introduction of "unfilterable" waste from swimmers (cosmetics, lotions, body fluids).
Use of Heater (water too warm) causing faster sanitizer usage.
Use of Solar Heating System (system is not being adequately chemically treated to kill build-up of biofilms, algae, etc.)

Insufficient sunlight on the pool. UV rays are a GREAT natural oxidizer. (Indoor pools are a whole other issue that we will not address here.)
Lawn & chemical sprays "drifting" into the pool (from a neighbor).
Filter needing a chemical cleaning (remember that using a straight acid will only set the greases & oils into the filter media).
Pool not being vacuumed or brushed on a regular basis.
Broken or otherwise damaged filter lateral (sand), septum (DE) or element (cartridge).
Unclean solar blanket.  A biofilm is building on the side in contact with the water.
Make-up water added to pool from an unclean garden hose.  Let the hose run for 2 to 3 minutes before putting it into the pool.
Dirty pool toys & floats putting a strain on the sanitizer.
Make up water that isn't treated the way it used to be.  Many municipalities are treating the drinking water with chloramines rather than chlorine;  they do an adequate job with bacteria but don't have the oxidizing strength to combat other non-lethal pathogens.  The switch was done to placate people's perceived "fear" of chlorine being in the water.
Lack of pool-owner care as in regular testing, vacuuming & maintenance.
When was the pool last shocked?  Hmm?

As you can see there are many reasons for high rates of consumption of non-chlorine hydrogen peroxide shock.  It's rarely caused by one issue.  Normally it's a combination of factors & you will need to go through this list (not exhaustive, if we're pushed we could probably think of a few more) item by item to see if it applies to your particular condition.

Consider using additives such as AquaFinesse Pool Water Care Tablets and NaturCare Enzyme Cleaner that remove and prevent the biofilms that contribute to Pink Slime & White Water Mold.


Biofilm, Pink Slime & White Water Mold
Let's first say that as with any pool chemical maintenance program, it is always preferable to prevent rather than treat problems that can occur.  This includes proper water balance - pH 7.4 - 7.6, total alkalinity 125 - 150 ppm, calcium hardness about 200 ppm - and chemical maintenance - regular, correct additions of BioGuard® Soft Swim® A, B or C.   Along with regular filter cleaning, pool maintenance (vacuuming, brushing & cleaning) and regular additions of BioGuard® Optimizer Plus® you can have a great non-chlorine, non-bromine experience year after year after year.


Early on in the late 1980's and early 1990's, it was thought that Biguanide products CAUSED white water mold & pink slime. Nothing could be further from the truth! White Water Mold & Pink Slime are naturally occurring, however, because biguanides work the way they do, it's no surprise that people would make this erroneous connection.


Remember that biguanides work like giant strings of "micro-bacterial" fly paper floating around the pool water picking up & killing bacteria, algae, etc. These strings are really sticky & readily adhere to already existing biofilms making them appear worse than what they are. Because of these issues, derogatory names such as "baqua-snot" became popular. This is why it is so necessary to follow the program and all of its components especially the filter cleaning.

Consider using additives such as AquaFinesse Pool Water Care Tablets and NaturCare Enzyme Cleaner that remove and prevent the biofilms that contribute to Pink Slime & White Water Mold.


Many customers are really satisfied with their biguanide treated pools. Why? They follow the program to the letter & are willing to do a little extra work to have soft, clear swimming pool water.


Vacation proofing your Soft Swim or biguanide pool.
Here's how to prevent your pool from turning green and yucky!
- Chemically clean your filter with Soft Swim Filter Cleaner . 
- Adjust the pool's water balance: pH (7.4--7.6), Total Alkalinity (120--150 ppm vinyl pools, 100--120 plaster or gunite finish), Calcium Hardness (175--225 ppm vinyl pools, 225--275 ppm plaster or gunite pools).  Water balance is critical to maintain sanitizer efficiency.
- Give the pool a good vacuuming & brushing.
- Clean the Solar Blanket with Stow Away to remove any building biofilm that will harbor algae growth.
- Adjust Sanitizer level to normal range - SoftSwim "B" to 30 - 50 ppm.
- Add an initial dosage of Algicide.  SoftSwim "A" Algicide  (SoftSwim or biguanide pools).
- Double or triple shock your pool. SoftSwim "C" clarifier
- Optimize the Pool with Optimizer Plus.  This will make the most significant  difference in your overall pool care.  Not only will Optimizer Plus suppress algae growth, but the sanitizer, Soft Swim® B, will be enhanced, plus the pH & Total Alkalinity will get a second buffer for their optimal balance.
- Put the Filter system on a timer & set the system to run for 12 hours each day, during the day.  Don't rely on friends & neighbors to run the filter when you're gone.  Let's face it, they're going to forget (and won't admit it when you ask).
 
Go Away & have fun!  If you follow these steps, you'll return to a clean, clear, sanitary pool.

These instructions take into consideration that the pool will be unattended for up to 14 days & the pool is already well taken care of.

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BioGuard Optimizer Plus for Pools, further prevents algae AND is a fantastic layer of a water balance buffer for better pH & Total Alkalinity. Not only that but water feels even softer!

Swimming Pools treated with biguanide products such as Soft Swim® & Baquacil have their own set of rules & idiosyncrasies.  Because these products are NOT compatible with chlorine or bromine, you have a smaller arsenal of products with which to treat regularly or normally occurring problems.


In the following paragraphs we'll look at Cloudy water, algae, biofilms, pink slime, white water mold.


Plus we'll provide you with water care tips that will make your biguanide experience more enjoyable!

AquaFinesse Pool Water Care Tablets for Pools, Spas & Hot tubs. AquaFinesse helps to remove hard to reach or hidden biofilms in pool filter systems, plumbing lines & elsewhere.

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