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Poolside Chlorination: Install An Ground Pool

Hello poolside repair fans, in this episode matt and rob welcome dan dougher inyo’s ppool guru to show us how to install an above ground pool. Dan has almost thirty years of experience installing and repairing above ground pools; fortunately, he shares his methods and tips for making your pool build a success.

The cell is where all the magic happens, and by magic, I mean the wonderful chemical reaction, electrolysis. These generators make their chlorine by passing salt water over titanium blades as a small electric charge is applied. As the salt particles strike the blade, the sodium chloride molecule splits, freeing the chlorine atom to go full rambo on all nearby microbes and bacteria. The salt systems also have a super chlorinate feature which causes the generator to run at a 100% output for 24 hours in order to shock the pool. This is usually used after a high bather load or a lot of rain.

Salt generators are equipped with a flow switch to make sure it only runs when the pump is operating; gthis protects the salt cell. The minimum water flow needed to operate your chlorinator will vary according to salt generator model.The salt systems also have a

You’re probably wondering how to size a salt chlorine generator. Salt chlorine generators are sized by the max amount of gallons the cell can chlorinate. For example, the pentair intellichlor ic20, ic40, and ic60 can chlorinate a max gallons of 20,000, 40,000, and 60,000 gallons respectively.

When sizing a salt generator for your pool we suggest oversizing the cell, to prolong the cell’s life.

Alternative sanitizersozone
Alternative sanitizers are great for people who are sensitive to chlorine. These alternatives include:

  • Ozonators
  • Ionizers
  • Mineral

In our experience, these options are best used in combination with one of the other forms of sanitation because these options alone are usually not strong enough to sanitize a pool with a regular bather load.

What these systems allow you to do is dramatically reduce the chlorine level in the pool. A normal chlorine level in a pool is 2 to 4 parts per million. But with an alternative sanitizer, you can keep the chlorine level at .3 to .5 parts per million….And that’s basically tap water. Another benefit to alternative sanitizers is that by reducing the chlorine demand you reduce the need to replace chlorine tablets or salt cells.

For a more in-depth look at the differences between ozonators, ionizers, and mineral purifiers check out our blog regarding alternative sanitizers. If you have any further questions about chlorinators or their alternatives, please feel free leave a comment below or post it on inyo’s forum.

Chlorine – your pool needs it but what’s the best way to get it into the water?  While you can add your sanitizer manually, many pool owners prefer to automate the process and not handle chlorine any more than necessary.  If you fall into that camp, you’re in good company and you have options.  We’ll start with the very basic and end up at the bells and whistles.

The inline chlorinator is installed “in-line” with your pump and filter. The inline chlorinator is plumbed on the pipe after your filter (and heater) dissolving the chlorine into your return line. In-line chlorinators are found on new installations or full renovations as the installer can better plan for the vessel’s installation. Because the inline requires a stretch of horizontal pvc on which to be installed, and head clearance so you can remove the cap, replumbing is sometimes needed.

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