Chlorine Generators – Tips and tricks
Chlorine Generators are a great alternative to traditional chlorinated swimming pools. Salt water pools can be less costly, less work, and more comfortable for the body. Here are some tips and tricks get the most out of our chlorine generators.
Maintain the right salt levels.
The key to successful use of chlorine generators is for users to maintain the required salt levels. If the salt level is not properly maintained, an inadequate amount of chlorine will be generated, which will lead to problems.
Watch the PH.
As with any pool, you need to maintain the proper pH level. The pH level with salt water pools is consistently higher than that of pools using conventional chlorine. Be sure to test the pH at least once or twice a week and make adjustments as needed in order to keep the pH between 7.4 and 7.8.
Don’t reduce run times.
If your Chlorine Generator is connected to your filtration system, remember that chlorine is only being produced when the filter is running. Don’t make the common mistake of trying to save money by reducing the amount of time you run your filter. Reduced filtration time means reduced chlorine generation and if the chlorine level in your pool enough is not high enough algae will become a problem.
Maintain the chlorine.
Even though you are using a Chlorine Generator to produce the chlorine in your pool, you still need to maintain the chlorine. Stabilizer (or conditioner) is still required to protect the chlorine from the sun. Without stabilizer, it will be difficult to maintain the proper level of chlorine to sanitize the pool. Remember the only difference in chlorinating a pool using a Chlorine Generator is how the chlorine is added to the pool. After the chlorine has been added to the water all the usual “rules” apply.
Keep the cell clean.
It is vital that you keep the salt chlorinator cell clean. Check the cell regularly and if there is visible calcium build up on the cell plates, clean the cell as recommended by the owner’s manual. If the cell is not kept clean, the salt chlorinator will stop producing the necessary level of chlorine, which of course will lead to problems.
Keep up with the pool maintenance.
Finally remember that a Chlorine Generators are not maintenance free. You need to do more than checking the salt level in your pool and keep the generator clean. All the same rules regarding pool water chemistry still apply. You need to maintain the pH, alkalinity, stabilizer level, and salt levels in the pool in order to keep it sanitized and algae free. Without routine and proper maintenance, a pool that uses a Chlorine Generator, like any other pool, can turn into a maintenance nightmare.
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