Salt Water Chlorinators Are the Green Pool Cleaning Solution

by Pool Builders on 10-23-2013 in Articles

Traditional pool cleaning consists of using harmful chemicals to cleanse a pool's water. No one wants to swim in a pool of water full of chemicals. This is why salt water chlorination systems, like Crystal Clear Chlorinators, give pools a clear and sparkling look that maintains healthy water.

Chlorine in traditional swimming pools is a combination of free available and combined available chlorine. Free available chlorine contains ions that sanitize the water and combined available chlorine has chloramines. Chloramines are formed by the reaction of free available chlorine with amines produced by human perspiration and other oils.

Insufficient levels of free available chlorine means the pool must be shocked five to ten times the normal amount of chlorine. Salt water pools do not have the problem of combined available chlorine. This is because the generator continuously produces free chlorine ions while electrolysis burns off chloramines.

Salt water chlorinators are electronic and convert rock salt into pure chlorine in order to sanitise pool water. These chlorinators can be used in any type of pool - domestic or commercial - and is very cost effective. They can be installed during construction of a pool or can be retrofitted into another pool.

With a chlorinator, chlorine can be adjusted infinitely by turning a knob or touching a button, depending on how advanced of a system a pool owner desires. When the pump is running, it is continuously supplying the pool with chlorine. Most chlorinators have a control button that never allows chlorine levels to become too high to be swimmable.

All microorganisms will be killed with a chlorinator so the pool always stays clean and clear. No algaecide, clarifiers, or shock need to be bought again. These products are part of the harmful chemicals that go into a pool without a salt water chlorinator.

Chloramines are also destroyed by a chlorinator. Chloramines turn hair green, make eyes red, and causes skin to become dry and itchy. Chlorinators consist of two pieces - a power pack and an electrolytic cell.

A power pack will mount on the wall near pool equipment, wired to run with the pump timing mechanism. Electrolytic cell mounts on the return line of the pool plumping after the pump and filter but before the heater if it is fitted. The power pack is the power source for the electrolytic cell, making all the chlorine ever needed for proper pool operation.

Good quality yet common rock salt is required to protect the pool surface from metal staining. The salt is added directly to the pool to a level of 3000-3500ppm. This creates a pool environment with less salt than can be found in a teardrop and is ultimately soothing.

Chlorinators take the rock salt in the pool and make chlorine out of it. The plates within an electrolytic cell are made from titanium and variants from the metal. Salt water passes through the plates while a small electric current breaks the salt down into pool chlorine. Within the cell, chlorine levels can reach 20ppm to shock the pool.

Super-chlorinated water reaches the pool, then dilutes down to a level that is best for swimming, about two to three ppm. Salt is never consumed because, as the chlorine depletes, it becomes salt again so the process is recycled. When a sufficient amount of water has been splashed out of the pool, salt should be added.

Salt water chlorinators are convenient with a constant delivery of pure sanitizer. The softening effect of the electrolysis is performed by a reduction of the dissolved alkali minerals in the water. Also, the chlorinators reduce the irritating chloramines whereas traditional chlorinating methods do not.

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