We are going to do occasional blogs on water because we’re fascinated with it. We hope you enjoy and find these facts as interesting as we did. All life on earth is involved in water somehow. Some of us drink it, others bathe in it. Some of us even use it on a commercial capacity. Whether an “amateur” or a “pro” in this water business, there are always aspects of the water that we don’t really know anything about. We set out on pulling together from various sources facts about water and the results of that search have sent us on a roller coaster of emotions and hours of contemplation. Enjoy! Some science facts about water: Water is a polar inorganic compound that is at room temperature a tasteless and odorless liquid, nearly colorless with a hint of blue. Density: 997 kg/m³ Boiling
“Size doesn’t matter” is a phrase that many of us hear throughout our lives for various reasons. Being the industrious creatures we are, we have proved it on many levels; we have felled trees so big cars could drive thru, built structures that rise higher than our line of sight and moved mountains. And then there’s aquatics. The way we have been able to accomplish all these amazing feats was by using the right tools for the job. The railroads weren’t put in place with ball peen hammers and mountains weren’t tunneled thru with gardening spades. Equipment can only handle what it was designed to handle; you don’t filter a competition pool with a single little cartridge filter that you pick up at the local hardware store, you don’t heat your commercial spa with a residential hot tub heater and
Hello and Seasons Greeting! I am super excited. Our yearly inventory is winding down, and our staff party is looming. But, most importantly… Today is our last work day of 2016! This year has flown by ridiculously fast. As we get ready to wind our work year down and prep for our Holiday Staff Party, we would like to wish everybody a Happy Holidays. We will see you next year!
It is important to understand how and when to clean your chlorine generator cell and having the correct tools to do the job helps. The number 1 tool I use is a voltage meter that reads dc Amps and dc voltage, called a clamp on. Most clamp on voltage meters that are available at your local hardware store only read AC amps. The best place to start in locating a meter is through anyone of the numerous online electrical supply stores where prices can vary from as little as $100 to several hundreds of dollars. Omega, Fluke, and others make several fairly inexpensive model that sell for under $150. Start with a Baseline The best time to obtain dc amp and voltage at readings from your chlorine generator cell is when it is new and salinity is in the recommended range. This will be considere
This question has bounced around my office a few times over the last few weeks. As the season came to an end for most outdoor pools, we saw a surge of CYA-related problems come through the tech support channels. The specific circumstances changed in each case, some saw their controller stop tracking correctly, others encountered frequent clouding issues, others yet saw debilitating chlorine demand and others still a resurgence of chlorine resistant “Pink algae” (after treating for it 2 or 3 times). The problem in each case was an elevated level of CYA that either reduced the effectiveness of their chlorine to almost nothing, or worse, created demand scenarios their systems simply could not keep up with. In every case the only “fix” to the problem is a dilution, for some that was 25 – 50% o
I guess I can’t help but see a commercial swimming pool in everything, so when I think of the past and upcoming holidays they remind me of swimming pools. Halloween Pools. These are the scary ones, probably not using a chemistry controller, so the pH levels are never secure and other water balances are suspect at best. The pool is never really clean and when you enter the pool area that old familiar chlorine smell is ever present. I would even imagine that the swimmers are not too happy Thanksgiving Pools. Total chemical automation, uses salt and low-pressure UV, operator takes a great deal of pride in his/her job, balances the pool to LSI on a weekly basis. Water and air quality are amazing, and their pools are filled with happy bathers totally enjoying their time in the water. Chri
A chemical automation system is admittedly the best way to ensure proper water chemistry at any commercial swimming pool installation. Because of this, many states have made them mandatory! Commercial pools face greater and more varying demands than residential pools and it can be a losing battle to try keeping pH and sanitizer levels balanced by hand. An automated system ensures that only the required chemicals will be added to the water and in very precise quantities. In addition, automation systems usually provide multiple safety features that ensure that neither the patrons or the equipment will face any risks in case of a major malfunction. Serious consideration must be given before committing to any particular system. Here are some points that you should consider before choosing a s
Often one of the first questions asked when I discuss converting a new account to a Salt Pure® system is, ‘What does it take to operate?’ The reality is that there isn’t much more (and often, actually less) required vs. a traditional system. The answer to this is really two parts; the first is for the controller, the second is for the rest of the equipment. Controller operation breaks down into three categories: Checking/Verification – Daily checks to ensure the system is in line A. Using the daily water tests already conducted, the results are compared to the control system to verify it is reading correctly. 2. Maintenance – periodic maintenance tasks necessary to ensure proper operation A. Calibration – After verifying the readings, when they are misma