Why should you use a chlorinator?   

by Pool Builders on 11-16-2010 in Articles

Keeping up with maintenance on your pool is an almost daily chore. There's the pool pump to keep in order, the pool cleaning supplies themselves to keep in good condition, not to mention the daily task of checking the chlorine levels and topping it up. It may seem all worthwhile during the Summer months, when you and your family are using it daily. But come Winter, you're going to start asking yourself if it's okay, just this once, to not put chlorine in the pool. It'll soon become a habit and before you know it your once daily routine will turn into a fortnightly - if that - ordeal. Therein lies to the first reason to invest in a chlorinator: ease.

On the most basic level, a chlorinator is an automatic chlorinating device. You have it set up in accordance with the properties of your pool and you let it do its thing. This both drastically reduces the time you need to spend thinking about chlorinating your pool and takes human error out of the equation. No need to worry if you've put too much in anymore!

Many homes are now installing salt chlorinators in their swimming pools to make their lives even easier. Salt chlorinators are cheaper in the long run than conventional methods of chlorination for the simple fact that all you need to add to your pool is salt. A salt chlorinator works by pumping water across an electrode plate that converts the salt in your pool water into a very pure form of chlorine. This is then pumped back into your pool. This pure form of chlorine is safer and more effective than normal chlorine used in pool cleaning. Burning eyes, skin irritation and that terrible smell are drastically reduced as the chlorine level is kept so exact all the time. Once the initial load of salt is added to your pool, you may not need to add any more for up to a year.

Chlorinators are almost all self-cleaning, meaning you never need to pull it apart and scrub it out. Of course, you may argue that a salt water chlorinator can't judge a pool properly as it doesn't know when pollutants have been introduced, such as after a long day of swimming of if something is introduced into the pool's water that really shouldn't be. Many models are now equipped with shocking features, meaning you can control when your pool needs to have a large dose of chlorine to shock it back into cleanliness. There is also pH levels to consider, but many top line salt chlorinators are equipped for this, too. pH is a dangerous thing to get wrong and is often the cause for skin irritation. With a constant, automatic checking device in place, you'll never need to worry about how perfect your water will be again.

A chlorinator is a great idea for keeping your pool safe and clean all year round. The time you'll save on maintenance will all be made up in the pool! The only thing it can't do is scoop those leaves off the top.

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