What is Bio-Active®?
Bio-Active® is an all-natural composite biocatalyst technology that treats swimming pool water. Please visit our about page for more information.
What’s the difference between other microbial or enzyme based products and Bio-Active®?
The differences are many! Most other commercially available microbial or enzyme products are based on single active components. Often these products have a short shelf life and must be used upon a timely manner. Additionally, a large amount of product (normally in liquid form) is required and the cost-per-ounce is relatively high. Bio-Active® is powder based and has a three-year shelf life from the date of manufacture. This allows the versatility to be used anytime within that time frame as long as stored as recommended. Another important difference is that Bio-Active® is compatible to be used alongside most sanitizers simultaneously while other microbial products are often not compatible with pool water conditions.
How do I apply Bio-Active®?
Application is a simple matter of pouring the required dosage onto the skimmer and running the pool pump for a few hours afterward. If tablets are applied onto the skimmer, remove the skimmer basket with the tablets on it prior to application of the Bio-Active® product and re insert the basket. If no skimmer is available then pour the required dosage in a 5 gallon bucket of water, mix thoroughly, and broadcast the mixture throughout the outer edge of the pool. Please refer to the instructions of the product to learn what dosage quantity is necessary according to your pool size.
Is Bio-Active® safe?
Yes, Bio-Active® consists of natural ingredients known to be nonhazardous. There is absolutely NOTHING found in Bio-Active® that is toxic or a pollutant and there are no known allergens in the product. Exposure on the skin or anywhere on the body will cause no harm as the product can simply be dusted or washed off. Because of this, there is no toxic danger of over-dosing your pool with Bio-Active® products.
How long will Bio-Active® work in my pool?
In most instances you can see results within the first 24 hours, but the product will continue to show results up to the tenth day after application. Please refer to the directions of your product for any additional information.
How soon can swimmers enter the pool after applying Bio-Active®?
It is recommended that the pool water be circulated through the pump completely to allow for Bio-Active® to occupy the entire body of water. Once this is done then swimmers are free to enter the pool. There are no known safety precautions to be aware of.
What temperature does my water need to be for Bio-Active® to work?
It is best for your pool to be over 65° Fahrenheit (18.3° Celsius) for Bio-Active™ to perform as intended. It can still perform below this temperature, albeit at a much slower pace. The product will cease to perform at all if the water is below 35° Fahrenheit (1.7° Celsius) or above 140° Fahrenheit (60° Celsius).
Would high concentration of chlorine in the pool, from chlorine shock for instance, degrade performance of Bio-Active®?
Chlorine concentration of around 5 ppm would begin degrading performance of Bio-Active™, any concentration below that would not interfere with performance.
Would the presence of any chemical hinder performance of Bio-Active®?
If the pool has been treated with products that contain copper sulfate, potassium monopersulfate, zinc sulfate, or similar then it may be likely that Bio-Active® may not yield a result after pool dosing. Prevent using this product for at least a week prior to and during dosage period.
Can I use Bio-Active™ products on my fish pond, koi pond, or in any body of water with living creatures in it?
Absolutely! Bio-Active™ is one of the few products available that can be used to treat fish or koi pond water without finding adverse effects which can hurt aquatic life.
Will Bio-Active™ damage my pool or clog my filter?
Bio-Active™ will not damage your pool in any way or clog your filter.
What will NOT allow my Bio-Active™ to work in the pool as intended?
The product will perform slowly at 65° Fahrenheit (18.3° Celsius) and will cease to perform at all if the water is below 35° Fahrenheit (1.7° Celsius) or above 140° Fahrenheit (60° Celsius). Chlorine levels above 5 ppm will not allow for Bio-Active™ to perform as intended as well.
Will Bio-Active™ work in salt water or fresh water systems?
Bio-Active™ is fully compatible in salt water and fresh water systems alike. There is no notable performance difference when Bio-Active™ is applied between the two.
What happens to the Bio-Active, does it accumulate in my pool?
Bio-Active™ is 100% biodegradable and after its active phase ceases the product will naturally breakdown into harmless natural compounds that are recycled in nature.
Cyanuric Acid Reducer
There have been many products in the market that claim to reduce Cyanuric Acid but have never really worked, how is Bio-Active™ any different?
Bio-Active™ works naturally at the molecular level to actually separate the elements that make up the composition of Cyanuric Acid. The result is the decomposition of Cyanuric Acid and the eventual reduction of Cyanuric Acid levels in your swimming pool. This is the same process that occurs naturally to cyanuric acid just on a very accelerated timescale. Using a unique feedback loop, Bio-Active™ will reduce Cyanuric Acid levels without removing all stabilizer from the pool where minimum recommended sanitizer is present. In typical applications, Cyanuric Acid levels are reduced to within the recommended target levels.
How does Bio-Active™ work in reducing Cyanuric Acid?
Bio-Active™ is a biological approach to safely and effectively reducing cyanuric acid levels in swimming pools. Using powerful catalysts, Bio-Active simply accelerates the natural pathways of degradation for cyanuric acid, resulting in harmless end products such as carbon dioxide, nitrogen gas and water that are returned to nature as shown in the diagram below:
Will the process of reducing Cyanuric Acid leave any residual debris?
No, Bio-Active™ is designed to immediately dissipate in water when poured in the skimmer. The product may clump or gather at first but will eventually blend in with the water over a short period of time.
Will Bio-Active™ affect my pool chemistry in any way?
Tests have shown that Bio-Active™ in the pool will NOT interact or affect pH, alkalinity, calcium or water hardness. The product, however WILL indirectly affect chlorine levels: as Cyanuric Acid levels are reduced, the availability of free chlorine will rise.
Will I need to re-apply Cyanuric Acid to stabilize my chlorine after using Bio-Active?
Bio-Active™ has been designed with a natural feedback loop that in most cases where there is adequate sanitizer levels present in the water, Bio-Active™ will reduce Cyanuric Acid levels down to recommended safe levels and then stop working. So in most instances, it may not be necessary to add additional Cyanuric Acid after treatment.
Can I overdose my pool with Bio-Active™?
Due to the natural feedback system mentioned above there is no risk of overdosing. There are no other known negatives of overdosing.
The chlorine in my pool is mostly locked up by high Cyanuric Acid and cannot sanitize, could Bio-Active™ alleviate this?
Yes! As Bio-Active™ reduces Cyanuric Acid levels; the chlorine in your pool that is otherwise bound will be freed up and become functional in sanitizing pool water. Note that you may see a rise in the levels of Free Chlorine even though no additional chlorine is added.
How much of a reduction of Cyanuric Acid should I expect to see?
For pools that are 25,000 gallons or less and have Cyanuric Acid levels at 200 ppm or less, one 8 ounce pouch may reduce levels of Cyanuric Acid down to 40 – 60 ppm. This is possible because Bio-Active™ has been designed with a natural feedback loop, where there is adequate sanitizer levels present in the water, Bio-Active™ will reduce Cyanuric Acid levels down to recommended safe levels and then stop working. Pools with Cyanuric Acid levels of 200 ppm or more may require a dosage of more than one pouch of Bio-Active™. In such cases, simply measure your Cyanuric Acid levels 7 days after the initial treatment and apply another treatment to get the required reduction.
What steps need to be taken or what do I need to be aware of before and after applying Bio-Active™?
There are few conditions that need to be met so that Bio-Active™ may be applied. Pool water temperature range for application is 65° and 140° Fahrenheit (18° to 60° Celsius). Chlorine should be below 5 ppm with 2-3 ppm being ideal at the time of and for the week following application. It is highly recommended that the pool be within these ranges so the best results can be reached. Once Bio-Active™ is applied according to instructions, it must be allowed to circulate throughout the pool so it may occupy the entire body of water.
I applied one pouch of Bio-Active™ and saw the reduction of Cyanuric Acid levels I was expecting, but still need more of a reduction, what can I do now?
You may still apply more Bio-Active™ Cyanuric Acid Reducer incrementally to reach the amount of reduction you desire. It is recommended you measure your Cyanuric Acid levels 7 days after the initial treatment. If required another dosage of product may be applied.
The amount of Cyanuric Acid that needs to be reduced in my pool is less than what Bio-Active™ is capable of reducing, could I simply reduce the dosage of Bio-Active™ to conform to the reduction I want?
It is recommended that the entire contents of Bio-Active™ be applied onto the pool for best results. As long as you have adequate sanitizer levels in the pool the natural feed back loop will prevent Bio-Active™ from reducing your Cyanuric Acid levels below the recommended safe range. If your pool ends up having less Cyanuric Acid than desired then you may simply add more to balance out your pool chemistry.
If I need to apply more than one pouch of Bio-Active™, am I better off applying all product at once or just one every few hours/days/etc.?
It is recommended that you apply all necessary dosages at once for maximum effect, so it is recommended that you estimate how much of a dosage your pool will need by determining exact levels of Cyanuric Acid to the amount of gallons being treated prior to applying the dosage.
How much product would I need if my pool is more than the 25,000 gallon treatment quantity and how can I determine the reduction amount that I would expect to see from applying multiple pouches?
First, determine the quantity of water that will be treated in your pool. Second, divide that amount by 25,000 gallons. The resulting number will represent the quantity of 8oz pouches you will need. The natural feedback loop and functionallity of Bio-Active™ will still be valid even if pool size and product dosage is increased.
I applied Bio-Active™ in my pool but it appears to have stopped reducing Cyanuric Acid after a few days (or a few hours) of functioning, what’s going on?
One of three things may be happening: pool temperatures or chlorine levels may be outside of the acceptable range for application, insufficient quantities of Bio-Active™ are in the pool for treatment, or the testing kit may be compromised. Pool water temperature range for application is 65° and 140° Fahrenheit (18° to 60° Celsius). Chlorine should be below 5 ppm with 2-3 ppm being ideal at the time of and for the week following application. It is highly recommended that the pool be within these ranges so the best results can be reached, so it may be possible that an ideal result has not been reached because the pool is outside these ranges. It is also important to ensure that the entire contents of product be applied onto the pool to achieve results as well as to ensure that Bio-Active™ be thoroughly mixed throughout the entire body of water for full effect. Ensure it is a fresh and unopened package prior to use to ensure efficacy. Additionally, if the pool experiences significant water loss due to drainage or swimmers splashing out water during the treatment process, it may be possible that Bio-Active™ could be lost and performance could be reduced. If you are experiencing a lack of performance and still have inquiries after consulting these guidelines, feel free to contact us.
I tested for Cyanuric Acid using my test kit but still show levels over 100 ppm. Is Bio-Active not working?
Most test kits that check for Cyanuric Acid are limited to showing results only at 100 ppm or less, so if the pool has levels approaching 150, 200, 250 ppm or more, most test may STILL only yield a result of 100 ppm. If this is the case and Bio-Active™ is applied in a pool, it is likely that a reduction was achieved but there is no way the test kit could measure that reduction. We recommend that you test your pool using a vial & reagent test kit and if you see Cyanuric Acid readings at 100 ppm or more, perform a dilution test to determine the exact reading of Cyanuric Acid in your pool. This is why it is important to get an exact reading of Cyanuric Acid levels in your pool before treatment.
What is a dilution test and how do I conduct it?
It is important to get an exact reading of Cyanuric Acid levels in your pool before treatment, so we recommend that you test your pool using a vial & reagent test kit. If you see Cyanuric Acid readings at 100 ppm or more while testing, perform a dilution test to determine the exact reading of Cyanuric Acid in your pool. To do this simply mix the test water with half pool water and half fresh water (tap water would be ok), and test again. If the reading falls 50%, the first test can then be considered accurate. If the reading is still above 100 ppm, dilute the pool water/fresh water mix with an equal part of fresh water and test again. This reading should be multiplied by 4 to determine the accurate level of Cyanuric Acid in your pool. If you have any questions or concerns then feel free to contact us.
I have a plaster pool – What is the effect of CYA in plaster pools?
Multiple studies have now confirmed that CYA levels over 100ppm is damaging to pool plaster surfaces. If pool water has elevated CYA levels for extended periods of time the plaster surfaces are degraded and become porous and often abrasive to the touch. This is a key reason why it is important to manage CYA levels in plaster surfaced pools. In pools with porous plaster surfaces CYA can become immobilized in the plaster and when Bio-Active™ is first applied this CYA is released back into the water. For this reason starting levels of CYA in these pools is often under reported on testing and can be much higher than the pool owner realizes. Very high starting levels of CYA can require multiple treatments with Bio-Active™ to bring CYA levels down to the safe range.
Is there anything else to know when testing CYA levels?
Cyanuric Acid can dry inside your test equipment with repeated use and when testing water with Bio-Active™ present this can release the dried Cyanuric Acid providing false high readings. We recommend that you thoroughly scrub and flush your test equipment after every test and prior to re-testing to ensure you are obtaining accurate measurements.