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Optimizer: The Easy Way to Add Borates

to your Pool

BioGuard Optimizer is a water enhancer and clarifier which provides many benefits to pool water, regardless of the customers’ preference for halogen or biguanide systems. Optimizer’s unique chemistry is effective at providing a customer with softer feeling water that is sparkling clear.

 

What is in the new Optimizer?

Optimizer contains boric acid, a more pH neutral than other boron-containing products like sodium tetraborate pentahydrate. Since the product does not significantly impact pH, application of other balancers are not required to maintain water balance as part of the initial product application.

 

What are the expected benefits when using Optimizer?

Customers using Optimizer in their pool will be able to appreciate the experience of sparkling clear pool water and improved swimmer comfort, with water leaving their skin feeling soft and smooth.

 

Optimizer Plus made algistatic claims. Is this true with Optimizer?

Optimizer Plus was an EPA-registered algistat that was recommended for use in pool to suppress algae growth. New Optimizer is not an EPA registered product and is recommended for use in pool to enhance water clarity and provide softer smoother water.

 

How much Optimizer do I need to add?

Customers experience the most benefits with a borate residual of 35 ppm, which can be obtained by adding 1.5 lbs. Optimizer per 1,000 gallons of pool water. Larger amounts can be divided into thirds; allow 30 minutes of circulation before adding each dose.

 

How do I add Optimizer?

Optimizer can be added through the skimmer to allow for an easier and convenient application. Slowly add the required amount of Optimizer into the pool skimmer with the pump and circulation system on. Allow pool water to circulate for 4-8 hours after application.

 

How long should swimmers wait before entering the water after application of Optimizer?

When applied into the skimmer according to label directions, swimmers can enter the water fifteen minutes after product addition, provided the sanitizer residual and pH are within recommended ranges.

 

Will Optimizer affect the water balance?

Optimizer is slightly acidic and therefore does not require additional balancers. Always test the water prior to use to be sure water is balanced and within recommended ranges.

 

Is Optimizer compatible with all sanitizer systems, pool types?

Optimizer is compatible with all sanitizers including halogen and biguanide, in all pool surface types. It is also compatible with all balancers and ancillary products.

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Optimizer: 20 lbs Container

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Optimizer: 40 lbs Container

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Benefits of Adding Borates to your pool:

Adding Borates to your pool to achieve a level of 30-50 ppm has many benefits. I have a series of videos on Borates and highly recommend adding Borates to your pool. I have added Borates to my pool and couldn't be happier. Results are well worth it. 

 

Here are the proven benefits of having a Borate level of 30-50 ppm:

 

Lower Chlorine usage: The Borate helps reduce chlorine usage by eliminating Carbon Dioxide and also by keeping the pH stable. Chlorine last longer when the pH is right at 7.6-7.8.

 

pH is stable: The pH won't change much in a pool with Borate in it. So, if you have a salt water pool this is a must since the pH tends to rise dramatically.

 

Water is more sparkling: The Borate is more reflective so when the Sun hits the pool the water will really sparkle.

 

Softer and less irritating water: The water feels softer and doesn't burn your eyes. It also will keep your skin and hair hydrated so after swimming your skin won't be as dried out.

 

Less Algae growth: Boric Acid is a known Biostat. This prevents the algae cell from forming and multiplying. Thus a pool with a Borate level between 30-50 ppm will prevent algae growth.

 

Keeps your Salt Cell clean: Since the pH is more stable the salt cell won't get as much calcium build-up and a slight sequestering element of the borates also reduces calcium in the water.

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