April 21, 2014

Salt Content

Did you know that swimming pools that use liquid chlorine have a rather high salt content?  I have recently tested the salt level in a few of my clients' pools and have found levels as high as 1900ppm.  Although that level is below the normal operating level of 3200ppm of most models, it's definitely higher than you thought it would be.  My question to you is.  At 1900ppm of salt, why doesn't your deck, coping and patio furniture break down and corrode?  What's the magic ppm of salt does that start happening?  I've seen salt pools with zero corrosion and liquid chlorine pools with the appearance of corrosion, but it was a bad cut of stone.  Ask the right questions of your builder or service company before you buy.  Please go to www.autopilot.com for more information.

May 24, 2013

Guide to Chlorine

Here is a simple straight forward guide to the most common types of Chlorine for your pool.  Information for YOUR pool.

1.  Liquid Chlorine/Bleach is a simple, fast source of sanitizer.  Besides salt from the bottle, it has virtually no long term side effects.

2.  Trichlor Tabs and Granular Dichlor -  When over used, stabilizer(CYA) will be an almost never ending nightmare.  Draining and refilling is not always going to work either.  Stabilizer has been known to come out of the plaster.  The longer the length of time with high CYA, the higher it'll be after the refill.  Wasting your pool water is not a guarantee.

3.  Cal-Hypo - Calcium based Chlorine.  Primarily used to shock swimming pools.  Depending on brand, it will cloud up the water for some time.  Not recommended for long term use.  It adds to the hardness levels of your pool.

4. Chlorine Generators - Salt Water Pool - Salt Water System, they're all the same.  They use salt, a cell and electrolysis to generate chlorine for your pool.  You need the equipment, salt and a little understanding of the process.  Simple to use, maintain and great to enjoy!   The most attention will have to be placed on maintaining a consistent PH and Total Alkalinity.


Most people starting out will overthink maintaining the chemistry of their pool.  So here are a few tips.  Make small adjustments, test at least 4x/week and seek out help before it's too late. 


Happy Swimming!


May 22, 2013

Salt Water

People often believe that if they have a Salt Water Pool, they don't use Chlorine.  When in fact, it's the salt that is converted into chlorine and used as the sanitizer.  Chlorine is generated everyday that the system is working.  They also are under the assumption that they have a maintenance free pool.  While that's a great selling point for pool builders to say, it's far from the truth.  While the chemistry is basically the same, there are a few small differences. 

The major reason to have a SWP, is the feel of the water.  As with a water softener, the salt gives you a softer swim.  It will reduce skin and eye irritation.  But it won't allow you to ignore balancing the water.  You just won't have to carry bottles of chlorine to your pool.  Bags of salt when necessary aren't fun to carry either though. 

Here in Texas, some builders and homeowners have steered clear of using salt systems due to the "erosion" of the stone around the pool.  I have several SWP's on my service route.  I have yet to see that problem.  I have seen bad cuts of stone that look worse after 1 year than of coping after 4 years from salt. 

Call me for the facts about using salt in your pool.  You might just change your mind!



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