Pool Service Honolulu Tips / Tricks
And baking soda, at $0.40/lb. is a whole lot cheaper than "Alkalinity Increaser" for $1.10/lb. Both are 100% sodium bicarbonate.
Virtually all grocery stores have bleach (sodium hypochlorite), baking soda , and borax. Household bleach (6%) at $2/gallon is no great bargain -- but it's a functional substitute for any chlorine compound, and easy to get when you are in a hurry. One gallon of bleach is equal in chlorine content to 2/3 lb. of shock (calcium hypochlorite). Put another way, one gallon will add about 2 ppm chlorine to a 30,000 gallon pool.
Pools don't forgive
Ever. They don't demand much, but they absolutely will not forgive you if you don't do what they do demand. Taking care of a swimming pool is sort of like taking care of a really, really easy pet -- say, a gold fish. It's not hard, but you can't let it slide either. Ignore your goldfish, and it dies. Ignore your pool and it . . . comes to life! Be consistent -- or be green! Skip a week in midsummer and you'll be able to admire your new pond, complete with frogs! Skip three weeks, and you may need a federal environmental impact study before obtaining a permit to drain that 20 x 40 wetland in your backyard.
Cleaning matters, too
It's not necessary (at least for your pool's sake) for your skimmers to be spotless and each bug and leaf to be removed every morning. But regular cleaning is necessary. Algae hides and waits in corners and crannies. Leaf choked skimmers can't skim. And, dirty filters don't filter very well. A general rule of thumb? Clean your pool and filter weekly, and vacuum and clean skimmers after each thunderstorm, if you live in an area with wind blown debris.