Your salt water pool system is acting up


http://www.saltwaterpoolsystem.netOK gang,  Your salt water pool system is acting up.  What do you do??? 
 
So today I want to point out some problems you may encounter with a saltwater chlorinator.  This way when the problems arise you don’t have to worry.  Lets make this clear, This is going to happen at some point.  The absolute best way to avoid problems with the pool system is to set up a regular maintenance schedule.  I use my IPhone and set up a 6 month check up for the circulation system which includes inspecting the Filter, Pump, Heater and Salt System.  This is also why I believe that the Aquarite Turbo cell salt water pool system is the best on the market.  The accompanying Goldline controller has a very easy to read LED panel with LED lights that point out problems.  I have used this system for 10 years through all phases and revisions.  The amount of money I’ve saved on chlorine purchases and algae treatments has paid for the system over and again.  So here’s a simple list of issues I have encounter with my system.  Please email me if you think I have missed something or have a comment.        
 
 
 
#1  No Flow 
 
The Aquarite system uses a flow indicator switch.  The switch is threaded into a PVC fitting just before the turbo cell.  The flow switch closes when water if moving through the plumbing.
If the “no flow” light is on then you must verify that the water is actually moving through the pipes.  Replacing this switch maybe necessary.  It simply threads in with Teflon tape and plugs into the control box.  If you need a flow switch Amazon is the place to get it. 
 
Need a flow switch go here
 
 
#2 Low Salt
 
Having a low salt level will happen at some point.  Be careful when adding additional salt to the pool.  You only want to add enough to get you back in the correct zone.  Each pool is different in size and depth.  Add small amounts over a couple of days to slowly bring the level up.   You can simply broadcast the salt over the surface of the water.  The salt will dissolve as it sinks to the bottom.  If you find out that you need a substantial amount of salt go here for my method of adding salt.     
 
#3 High Salt
 
This happens when you add too much pool salt.  Salt can be very corrosive on metallic parts like those found in swimming pool heaters and pool / spa lights.  Shut the system off immediately.  Drain a portion of the water and refill.  Check the LED panel readout for salt levels. 
 
#4 Inspect cell
 
Like I mentioned before.  I’m a big advocate of regular maintenance.  I clean my salt cell once a year. When this light is on, You are not producing any sanitizer.  Follow the instruction here to clean the cell.  It maybe necessary to replace the cell due to age.     Again Amazon is a great place to get a new cell.  Need a replacement salt cell go here
 
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Salt Water Pool System Health Benefits


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Salt water pool system health benefits.
 
So I'm a huge advocate on adding a salt water pool system to your pool circulation equipment.  Beside the obvious reason of how the water feels and how easy it is on your eyes, There are additional benefits that can also be added the rooster of goodness.  Potassium, Magnesium, Sodium and Calcium are minerals that are great for your health.   Potassium present in a salt water pool system is a beneficial mineral because the blood it lacking it after exercising.  Magnesium helps in keeping your nervous system in check. Sodium in pool salt keeps your immune system thriving. Calcium helps in keeping your bones and teeth healthy.  

The swimming experience is one of Leisure, Exercise, Health and Competition.  As a pool professional it is my duty and privilege to ensure the cleanest and most comfortable water for safe swimming.  Treat your family and friends to a new dimension of enjoyment.  Swim for yourself and feel the difference.

 

 

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Video=Cleaning a salt water pool system cell


 Hey gang a salt water pool system is awesome.  And like I posted before there is some maintenance involved. I wanted to post a video regarding cleaning an Aquarite chlorine generator check it out .  Heres the video.  
Thanks to poolguysupply for a simple but great video

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Saltwater Chlorinator Cell Cleaning


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               A salt water pool system like the Aquarite Turbo Cell 15 should be cleaned at least 1 time per year. This will remove additional calcium build up missed by the self cleaning cycle that the unit does every 6 hours of run time.  For convince we will clean the electrolytic salt cell at the same time that the filter is cleaned.  We have gotten into a habit of noting the cleaning dates of both pieces of equipment and posting those notes in the timer box.  Additionally I have set up a recurring alert on my Iphone.  Another great reason to have a smart phone. 

 

 

NOTE: Always Turn Power Off To The Pool Equipment When performing maintainance  

Cleaning the AquaRite Turbo Cell saltwater chlorinator is a very easy process. Follow these easy steps and you will be finished in no time:

  •   Remove the inline Cell ( T15 Cell, T9 Cell, T3 Cell) by loosening up the large bulkhaed unions.
  •  Un-plug the single wire that attaches into the control box. 
  •  Visually inspect the inside of the turbo cell for damage
  •  Rinse out the inside of the cell with hose water
  •  Attach the unit to the T cell cleaning stand.
  •  Make a solution of 4 parts water to one part muriatic acid (pool acid) in a small bucket.    NOTE: Always add acid directly to water and when using chemicals always use proper safety equipment  
  • Pour the acid/water solution directly into the cell untill its almost full
  • Let the Turbo Cell sit for 2-4 minutes while the solution removes the calcium build up 
  • Inspect the cell and clean again if needed 
  • Before installing the Turbo cell, Inspect the rubber o-rings at the bulkhead fittings.  The o-rings will need to be in place and in good condition.  Apply a small amount of silicone lubricant to the surface of each o-ring
  • Re-install the turbo cell and hand tighten the large bulkhead nuts until firm
  • Plug the single wire back into the control box
  • Start the system and inspect for leaks
  • Pour the acid/water solution into the pool or other safe location
  • Your back in business making the purest sanitizer available

The ease of maintenance is but another reason I like the Aquarite turbo cell salt water chlorinator.              

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Salt water pool systems


A Salt Water Pool System has become the most requested piece of swimming pool equipment in nearly 30 years.  For good reason, Salt water pool systems are pleasant to swim in.  The water feels amazingly soft on your skin and hair. The saline pool water in fact feels so good that you will actually enjoy opening your eyes underwater!

So what exactly is a Salt water pool system?  Originating more than 25 years ago in the land down under Australia , A Salt water pool system uses a specially designed electrolytic cell also known as a chlorine generator to sanitize the pool water and rid it from Alage, bacteria and contaminates.  The salt system will only work when pool salt has been added directly to the water and reaches a predetermined level. Usually this level is somewhere in the range of 3000-3500 PPM (parts per million) As the saline pool water reaches the electrolytic cell,  Chlorine gas if formed and is introduced into the water path and thus returning to the pool to do its prescribed job.

Wait a minute… You just told me a salt water pool system makes chlorine….!?
YES, All swimming pools need some form of sanitizer to keep the water fresh and clean. The beauty of these systems is having the ability to produce the purest and most effective sanitizer there is and the best part is having total control of the amount that’s made.  When you produce your own sanitizer each day,  you’ll be amazed just how low the chlorine level needs to be. This is where most of us get confused.  There’s so little chlorine in the water that your family and guest wont even smell or taste it.   The days of lugging and spilling heavy cases of liquid chlorine to your home are over.  Instead you will be making your own when ever your pool pump is running.

Like I was saying earlier the benefits of a saline pool are numerous.  One that I find most important is having the ability to comfortably open your eyes underwater.  You see the salinity of your eyes is very close to the salinity level required in a salt water pool system.  Those who wear eye contacts can understand this point.  For their eyes to be comfortable they have to treat their contacts daily in a mild saline solution. 

Unlike real ocean water which can have a salt level of 35,000 ppm, the mild saline levels in a salt pool are also very comfortable to swim in.  We regularly get comments from the field of just how soft the water feels. Additionally when exiting the water and drying in the sun there isn’t that crunchy, dry feeling that just makes you want to take a shower.  Those with skin problems believe that swimming in salt has bettered their life.  Doctors for example request their patients with skin issues to soak 2-3 times a day in a salt bath.    

There are literately dozens of salt water pool systems on the market today.   Having delt with many of the most popular brands form Pentair, Hayward and Jandy/Zodiac, I differently have an oppion or two.  With this said my top choice is the Aquarite Turbo cell manufactured by Hayward Goldline.  Their Turbo cell is very easy to clean and the life expectancy is longer then the rest of the competition.   The Hayward goldline turbo cell has a 3 year facatory backed warranty.  They can provide such a great warranty due to a specially designed reverse polarity cleaning  phase,  the salt cell automatically cleans itself every 6 hours of running time.   While this helps the unit last longer and keeps the production of chlorine incheck, Some additional cleaning is required and can easily be preformed by the user or the weekly serviveman.   

The swimming experience is one of leisure, exercise and competition.  As a pool professional it is my duty and privilege to ensure the cleanest and most comfortable water for safe swimming.  Treat your family and friends to a new deminsion of enjoyment.  Swim for yourself and feel the difference.

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swimming pool on MARS ?


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Swimming Pool Surfaces Whats It all About


We have been in the outdoor living arena for some 25 years. More than half our lives have been spent creating some of the finest outdoor spaces in Southern California and abroad. I would be remised if at some point we did not talk about the surface or to be exact, the plaster in your swimming pool and spa. So that’s my topic for today.
So you may ask why do we need to water proof the interior of a swimming pool? To start let’s be clear. Concrete is somewhat porous. Even the best applied material will “wick” or leak some water. I wont get into the pourisity of concrete right now but another day we will explore it I’m sure. To continue, Swimming pools / spas will leak without some water proofing applied to their interior. In this article we are going to speak about standard white and colored plaster surfaces. In a following article we will discuss exposed aggregate or commonly “Pebble” surfaces.
Standard plaster has a rich history. Dating back more than a thousand years. Plaster was used much as it is today to retain water in storage vessels and to line the interior of pools and spas used for recreation. In its simplest form the components for plaster are the same now as then, White or grey cement power, Aggregate and Water. With such a bountiful history why would you use anything else? The simplest explanation to describe why is the word “Style”. While standard plaster is stylish in the right setting, we do not live in a standard world. What would your Tuscany inspired outdoor living area look like with a beautiful white pool? I think you can understand my point. A darker pool would seem more authentic to the enviroment. The fact is we live in a wonderfully complicated world where everything you see has options. Approximately 30 years ago swimming pool plaster companies had a renaissance of sorts introducing color to their standard white mixtures. This trend caught on and to this day the colored or dark surface is dominate in the pool and spa industry.
If you have decided to proceed with plaster, your options are tremendous. Especially when we are talking about the aggregate and color used in the mixture. The standard and most affordable aggregate that has wide spread usage is crushed marble. While crushed marble is more afforadable than the rest it does have a drawback. Crushed marble dissolves over time in aggressive water. Which can be a problem is swimming pools and especially spas where it encounters the most amount of heat and chemicals. A better option is to specify that your plaster contractor uses a quartz aggregate. Quartz is diamond like in its hardness which is more resistent to harsh chemicals thus prolonging the surface life of the plaster. Color for plaster surfaces have a broad range as well. Colored pools look beautiful when filled with water, conditioned and properly filter. Colored plaster is commonly called out by articects in their project to give the enviroment a authentic and warm feel. This has lead to many residential projects following the trend. The most affordable color additive is made by “LiquiBlak“. Dont let the name fool you, they do have more than black. Their black dye however is the most commonly used colorant due to a wide range of effects you can acheive with it. With a small amount of black dye added to the plaster matrix, you can acheived all shades of grey in the light and medium pallets. Looking for the true lagoon feel then adding more black colorant will give you that look. When water is added and the reflection of the sky is brought in to factor you get a fanstastic effect that is enjoyed by many who see it. A word of warning here again. Plaster color is also affected by harsh chemicals. Consult your contractor on what should be expected over time. Most of the highend colors are produced by the Pebble Tec company. Pebble Tec has introduced “Pebble Fina” into it’s product line and has been getting some attention. Pebble Fina offers a premixed plaster that is available in 12 different colors and the aggerate is a propirety blend of silicas. To achieve better results, Only “authorized” applicators and builders can sell, promote and install Pebble Tec products. They have taken this step to control the quality of their finishes and warranties. Our company Simplypools and spas have endorsed Pebble Tec for 10 years and we pride ourselves on the ability to sell and market their products. Our we bias…YES. Pebble Tec’s products are researched and back by an established company. In the plaster business this is a rare.
Our belief is steadfast on pool and spa plaster. It’s a beautiful hand troweled surface and should only be installed by true artisans trained and familiar with wet cured surfaces. If you have a stucco contractor that says he can do this work, BEWARE! Swimming pool / spa plaster finishers are a rare breed. Before entering a swimming pool a new prospect will have to spend at least one year on the mixer getting familiar with the components that make up the finished product. It is only then that the foreman will start to introduce the basic fundamentals of finishing plaster with trowels. Apprentices start on the floor of the pool working their way to the walls and then on to the steps. It is only then after mastering these techniques that the apprentice will enter the tight quarters of a spa. Which is the proving ground for great finishers. I must say the best finishers come from areas where the most pools are built or remodeled. California and Arizona have lead this march due to the incredible weather and abundant work. Additionally standards in appearance are much higher in these states. I have had the distinct fortune to work across borders, building and remodeling swimming pools in different countries as far away as the Turks and Cacios islands. These clients tend to be very wealthy and demand only the best. It was standard practice to call in the troops from my home state of California when superior quality was in demand.
The last surfaces too discuss are the Pebble and Beadcrete options which I will write about on my next blog. Look for that soon.

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