Baquacil(R) System & Chemicals
We HIGHLY advise against the Baquacil system and chemicals.

Exploring the Baquacil
(R) company web site, they will not divulge what chemicals are in their long list of chemicals to use with their system. Somehow refusing to identify what chemicals are in their products does not lead to a rational conclusion that the unknown ingredients are safe. I never trust any product where the company will not state what chemicals are in their product.

One of their pool chemicals is only described as a "polymeric"

What does this mean? A polymeric chemical, or polymer, is a "chemical compound with high molecular weight consisting of a number of structural units linked together by covalent bonds (see chemical bond). The simple molecules that may become structural units are themselves called monomers; two monomers combine to form a dimer, and three monomers, a trimer. A structural unit is a group having two or more bonding sites. A bonding site may be created by the loss of an atom or group, such as H or OH, or by the breaking up of a double or triple bond, as when ethylene, H2C[double bond]CH2, is converted into a structural unit for polyethylene, -H2C-CH2-. In a linear polymer, the structural units are connected in a chain arrangement and thus need only be bifunctional, i.e., have two bonding sites. When the structural unit is trifunctional (has three bonding sites), a nonlinear, or branched, polymer results. Ethylene, styrene, and ethylene glycol are examples of bifunctional monomers, while glycerin and divinyl benzene are both polyfunctional. Polymers containing a single repeating unit, such as polyethylene, are called homopolymers. Polymers containing two or more different structural units, such as phenol-formaldehyde, are called copolymers.

All polymers can be classified as either addition polymers or condensation polymers. An addition polymer is one in which the molecular formula of the repeating structural unit is identical to that of the monomer, e.g., polyethylene and polystyrene. A condensation polymer is one in which the repeating structural unit contains fewer atoms than that of the monomer or monomers because of the splitting off of water or some other substance, e.g., polyesters and polycarbonates. Many polymers occur in nature, such as silk, cellulose, natural rubber, and proteins. In addition, a large number of polymers have been synthesized in the laboratory, leading to such commercially important products as plastics, synthetic fibers, and synthetic rubber. Polymerization, the chemical process of forming polymers from their component monomers, is often a complex process that may be initiated or sustained by heat, pressure, or the presence of one or more catalysts"

"Polymeric" is not an ingredient. It is a word meaning "pertaining to polymers". What polymer(s)?

What are polymers? Polyethylene is a polymer - a particularly deadly one. So is polycarbonates. The list of polymers chemicals include chemicals such as formaldehyde, styrene and ethylene. The technical meaning is "a chemical compound with high molecular weight consisting of a number of structural units linked together by covalent bonds." So the only thing we know of one of their chemicals is that it contains a highly complex, artificially produced composite chemical often - but not always - containing dangerous chemicals. Maybe there is a very good reason Baquacil(R) will not divulge the ingredients of its "perfectly safe" system.

Other Baquacil(R) chemicals are equally secretive and concerning.

They including one that is an "algaecide". Algaecide is not an ingredient, it is an adverb meaning it kills algae. Roundup and spray weed killer is an algaecide. Agent orange used in Vietnam is an algaecide. So is chlorine and bromine. Salt is an algaecide.

Baquacil(R)'s next pool chemical has the ingredient of "A non chlorine oxidizer used to oxidize organic compounds." What is the oxidizer? It could be hydrogen peroxide. Or 1 of about 1,000 other chemicals.

Another is the undefined "Chemical used to tie-up dissolved metals, preventing discoloration of pool water and staining of pool sides and bottom." Still another is "An acid based liquid cleaner" There are thousands of acids. It could be orange juice. It could be hydrochloric or cyanide acid.

Rather than go through the long list of chemicals they sell for their system, each of the
Baquacil(R) chemicals in their list does not state any actual contents or ingredients.

This is not to state that their chemicals are dangerous, rather that it is secretive and unknown to consumers. Yet it is reason to be concerned when a company boosts how safe their chemicals are, claiming it is packed with many chemicals and then will not give a clue what chemicals actually are in their products.
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