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SALT CHLORINE GENERATORS A
POOL OWNER’S DREAM COME TRUE?
July 27, 2007
Alpharetta, Ga., July 27, 2007 —
Many pool owners have heard about using salt “instead of” chlorine
to help keep their pools clean and safe. A word of caution: the salt
is being used to generate chlorine — not to replace it.
This increasingly popular
technology, known as electrolytic saline chlorine generation, uses
salt and a device called a chlorine generator. The device, when
working properly, produces chlorine right in the pool. The salt
itself does not sanitize the water.
Chlorine formed when the salt is
divided into its chemical components (salt/sodium and chlorine) is
the sanitizer. And this chlorine is chemically identical to the
chlorine traditionally used to treat pools, explained John Puetz,
vice president of research and development at
Technologies, a manufacturer of pool supplies. The big
difference is that a device makes the chlorine on site.
Thus, it elminates the need to
periodically buy, haul, store and pour chlorine (or fill your
chlorine feeder). “However, it is important to realize that these
units generate chlorine and only chlorine,” said Puetz. “Nothing
else really changes.”
A properly functioning generator
will provide the sanitizer needed to keep the water clean, but it is
essential to see to other aspects of pool care. The regular
application of a clarifier will add sparkle to the pool and help
attain maximum performance from your filter. Routine water balance
checks and the occasional use of pH and alkalinity adjusters must
also be considered. (In fact, generators can increase pH, so keep an
eye on it.)
A sequestering agent will prevent
stains and scale buildup that can make the pool walls and floor look
unattractive, and the weekly application of a small dose of
algaecide will prevent even stubborn algae from gaining a foothold.
Finally, an occasional shock
treatment with a non-chlorine shocking agent will greatly reduce
chlorine demand and help assure that the chlorine produced by the
generator is always available to sanitize the water. Your
professional pool dealer can help guide you on all aspects of proper
As you consider whether or not a
salt chlorine generator is worth the investment, keep in mind that
while the well-designed ones do work well and can simplify one
aspect of pool care, they eliminate only the need to buy, transport
and manually apply chlorine.
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