Pool & Spa Care
The key to enjoying your pool or spa is keeping it in perfect chemical balance. That's where the fine products offered by Baquacil and Pool Breeze come in!
Maintaining your pool or spa isn't expensive... but repairing the damage caused by inattention is! Protect your investment by protecting your equipment... filters, pumps and liners. Click the links below to check out the best chemicals to keep your pool or spa sparkling clean.
BAQUACIL Product FAQs1. What is chlorine-free BAQUACIL?
The BAQUACIL Pool Care System is a complete pool sanitizing system consisting of chlorine-free BAQUACIL SANITIZER AND ALGISTAT, BAQUACIL OXIDIZER, and BAQUACIL ALGICIDE. The product that actually kills bacteria in pool water is BAQUACIL SANITIZER AND ALGISTAT. The two other products in the system work with this product to keep your pool sparkling clear and algae free.
The active ingredient in BAQUACIL SANITIZER AND ALGISTAT is polyhexamethylene biguanide. It's so gentle it is used in some contact lens cleaning solutions. BAQUACIL SANITIZER AND ALGISTAT's chemical structure makes it extremely stable. So, unlike some other sanitizers, BAQUACIL SANITIZER AND ALGISTAT is not affected by sunlight, temperature, and pH fluctuations.
2. If I am currently using chlorine and I decide to start using the BAQUACIL Pool Care System, can I use the same balance chemicals?
Yes, you can use the same balance chemicals if you are on chlorine or the BAQUACIL Pool Care System.
3. Can I use the BAQUACIL Pool Care System if I have a plaster pool? What about fiberglass?
Yes, the BAQUACIL Pool Care System works in all types of constructed pools. Consult your Local Authorized BAQUACIL Dealer for complete conversion instructions or see our Pool Care Tips section.
4. Can I use the BAQUACIL Pool Care System if I have a DE filter? What about a sand filter? A cartridge filter?
Yes, the BAQUACIL Pool Care System may be used in pools with different filter types.
5. How often should I clean my filter?
Basically there are two ways to clean your filter: physically and chemically. Physical cleaning (backwashing, bumping, or hosing off a cartridge) should be done if the pressure on the filter gauge is 8-10 psi above the starting pressure when the filter is clean. A filter should be chemically cleaned at least twice a season (middle and end of season) with an acid based cleaner such as BAQUACIL FILTER CLEANER to dislodge any deeply embedded dirt or break up and remove any debris such as grease, oil or scale. If you keep your pool open year round, we suggest you chemically clean your filter three times a year.
6. If I start using the BAQUACIL Pool Care System, what do I use to chemically clean my filter? And can this product be used for all filter types?
For all filters: BAQUACIL FILTER CLEANER
For sand filters: BAQUACIL SAND FILTER CLEANER
For DE & cartridge filters: BAQUACIL DE & CARTRIDGE FILTER CLEANER
7. Is the BAQUACIL Pool Care System compatible with all chemicals?
The BAQUACIL Pool Care System is different from chlorine and bromine-based pool sanitizers. For that reason, many chemicals that work with one system won't work with the other. The BAQUACIL Pool Care System is not compatible with chlorine, bromine, any copper based chemical or non-chlorine shock. Always check with your Authorized BAQUACIL Dealer before adding supplemental chemicals to your pool.
8. If I want to start using the BAQUACIL Pool Care System, do I need to drain my pool?
No, converting your pool to the BAQUACIL Pool Care System is a very easy process that usually takes less than 24 hours. Consult your nearest local Authorized BAQUACIL Dealer and they will instruct you on the proper procedures to start your pool on the BAQUACIL Pool Care System. Don't forget to ask about our BAQUACIL EASY START KIT — it contains all the products you need to convert your pool to chlorine-free BAQUACIL.
9. If I switch from the BAQUACIL Pool Care System to chlorine, do I need to drain my pool?
No, you don't have to drain your pool. Consult your Local Authorized BAQUACIL Dealer for conversion recommendations.
10. How long should I run my pump each day?
You should run your pump at least 8-12 continuous hours each day. 12 hours are best during the summer season.
11. If my BAQUACIL pool chemicals freeze, does this affect them? Will they still work?
If your BAQUACIL chemicals freeze, it should not affect the way they work. Be sure to check the bottles for any damage and if there is damage, dispose of them properly following instructions on the bottles. However, if there is no damage to the bottles, let them thaw, invert the bottle two times and use them. Because it has a vented lid, never invert BAQUACIL OXIDIZER.
12. Do the pool testing chemicals have to be replaced every season?
BAQUACIL TEST STRIPS usually last 18 months. On the label of each test strip bottle is an expiration date. Replace your strips if they have expired in order to obtain accurate readings. If you have any further questions or more specific concerns that were not addressed here, please feel free to contact us.
BaquaSpa Product FAQs
1. What is the BaquaSpa Water Care System?
The BaquaSpa Water Care System is a bromine-free and chlorine-free system that provides powerful long-lasting protection against bacteria. The active anti-microbial ingredient in BaquaSpa Sanitizer with Stain & Scale Control is polyhexamethylene biguanide. In addition to effective bacteria control, BaquaSpa Sanitizer with Stain & Scale Control protects against staining and discoloration due to metals, is considerably more stable in hot water, and lasts much longer that traditional spa treatments—so you don't have to test the water or add sanitizer nearly as often. Because the BaquaSpa Water Care System is bromine-free and chlorine-free, there's no harsh chemical odor, no burning eyes, and no bleached hair or dry, itchy skin.
2. How often do I need to drain the water in my spa when using the BaquaSpa Water Care System?
All spa chemical manufacturers recommend draining the spa after a period of time. Although the BaquaSpa Water Care System is persistent at controlling bacteria, it is important to remember that a spa is a small body of water. So continual use means bathers will deposit large amounts of dirt, perspiration, body oils, deodorant, makeup and other contaminants into a relatively small volume of water. If your spa is heavily used (approximately two people, three times a week, a half hour at a time), we recommend that you change your water every 60 days. If the spa is used less frequently, changing the water every 90 days should be adequate. Naturally, if a serious water quality problem arises, you'll want to change the water immediately.
3. How often should I clean my spa’s filter and cover?
We recommend that you clean your spa's filter every 4-6 weeks with BaquaSpa Filter Cleaner following label directions. A clean filter is a key ingredient to maintaining sparkling, clear water. We recommend cleaning your spa's cover approximately every other week with BaquaSpa Cover Cleaner. Pay particular attention to the water side of the cover. A frequent cleaning of your cover will protect it and keep it smelling fresh.
4. Is the BaquaSpa Water Care System compatible with my spa’s ozonator?
BaquaSpa is compatible with an ozonator. You should follow label directions for all BaquaSpa products. If you are using an ozonator, we recommend that you test your BaquaSpa Sanitizer with Stain & Scale Control level every four days instead of once a week (as recommended for spas without an ozonator).
There are potentially many causes for why this is occurring.
- Make sure your spa water is properly balanced. Test to make sure that total alkalinity,calcium hardness, pH, BaquaSpa Sanitizer with Stain & Scale Control and metal levels are all within their acceptable ranges.
- Ensure that the proper start-up dose (1 oz. per every 100 gallons of water) of BaquaSpa Waterline Control was used at start up, and that it was added prior to the start-up dose of BaquaSpa Sanitizer with Stain & Scale Control.
- Allow 15 minutes between BaquaSpa Waterline Control and BaquaSpa Sanitizer with Stain & Scale Control additions.
If all of the above are correct, it may be necessary to add your maintenance dose of BaquaSpa Waterline Control earlier than the recommended seven days. Try adding it at the first sign of any build-up in order to control the situation. Remove any existing waterline deposits with BaquaSpa Surface Cleaner and a Spa Cleaning Pad.6. Sometimes, I notice a "musty" odor with my spa? How do I prevent this?
There are several "culprits" that may be the cause of the odor. First:
- Clean your spa cover (both sides) thoroughly with BaquaSpa Cover Cleaner following label directions. Ensure that your spa area has proper ventilation if it's indoors.
- Make sure that you are using the right amount of chemicals for your spa size. If you are using your spa more than 3 times a week, be sure to use the higher maintenance dose of BaquaSpa Shock (2 oz. per 100 gallons of water).
- Make sure that no incompatible chemicals have been added to the spa.
Check to see when you last drained your spa. Spas with water older than 60–90 days should be drained and refilled. Finally, if the odor still persists, drain the spa and clean the spa surface with BaquaSpa Surface Cleaner and refill with fresh water.