Salt Water Chlorinators

Spas A Adelaide - Salt Water ChlorinatorMy previous post was on spa maintenance, so I thought it fitting that we take that one step further and discuss salt water chlorinators.

A salt water chlorinator (also known as a chlorine generator) produces chlorine from salty water. This is done through a chemical process known as electrolysis. Salt water chlorinators have what is known as a chlorinator cell which is a unit consisting of parallel titanium plates coated with ruthenium. The unit will produce hypochlorous acid and sodium hypochlorite from dissolved salt in the water. These two chemicals are the cleaning agents used in most swimming pools and spas.

The salt that is dissolved in the water is very similar to ordinary table salt. Chlorine generators require that a certain level of salt in the water be maintained (please refer to the manufacturer’s guidelines for salt levels required). Most chlorine generators these days have an indicator to let you know if low salt levels are present. If the salt levels are low, simply add more salt which can be easily purchased from your local pool or hardware shop.

A salt water system is a self-sustaining system which is one big advantage. The salt in the water is not actually consumed by the electrolysis process, it is split and then reformed. So under normal conditions, you should not have to add more salt to the water; only if you add large quantities of water or you replace the water in your spa should you need to add more salt.

There are many different types of salt water chlorinators on the market and for spas and hot tubs most people elect for the portable type as it can simply be draped over the side of the spa. The portable chlorinator can then be disconnected and removed when you’re using the spa.

In addition, installation of portable chlorinators is very easy. Simply find somewhere close by to mount the control unit, and then drape the cell over the side of the spa, making sure it is fully submerged.

Other types of units include units that are permanently fitted; installation involves fitting the cell unit to the existing pump pipework. The advantage of these types of units is that even though installation is a little bit harder, they are typically installed somewhere out of site and don’t need to be removed when using the spa.

The upfront cost of a chlorinator can be high, however, you save money in the long term by not having to continually buy and add chlorine to the water. You will no longer have the chlorine smell, the water will be crystal clear and clean all the time. Most importantly, no more red eyes!

Beginners Guide to Simple Spa Maintenance

Spas A Adelaide Spa MaintenanceRelaxing in a spa (also known as a hot tub) can be a highly enjoyable activity; however, there are additional factors that one needs to be aware of when making that purchase. Before buying a spa, it is important to remember that regular maintenance needs to be completed to ensure effective long-term functioning. Spas need daily, weekly and annual maintenance to remain safe and clean; furthermore, certain hot tubs may need more maintenance than others. This article will provide some information on how to manage these items and enjoy the spa for a long time to come.

1. Daily Tasks

Daily tasks must be carried out to ensure the water remains safe for you and guests. Each day the pH and chlorine levels in the water need to be tested using specific testing kits. This only takes a minute or two making it a simple activity to complete; however, the significance cannot be stressed enough. If the levels are not aligned, the water may be unsafe for use and cause negative reactions to individuals using the spa. To align levels, should they be out, simply add more pH or chlorine to the water; both are available as part of a starter kit.

Another daily task to complete is the cleaning of the waterline. This involves wiping the waterline clear of any dirt. The obvious reason for clearing the dirt is to prevent a ring from developing; however, neglecting this duty can also lead to bacteria growth which can begin to damage the spa wall. It is recommended that you clean the areas being used as well to avoid any additional dirt or debris entering the water.

2. Weekly Tasks

Each week there are specific tasks that need to be completed as part of spa maintenance. Depending on your property location and the type of water used in the spa, you may need to alter the type of maintenance carried out. The task at hand is to clear water of contaminants and if one uses soft water only a small amount of clearing chemical will need to be used, such as a non-chlorine spa shock. This water clearing solution is used to remove organic contaminants. If, however, hard water is used stain and scale treatments may be needed to eliminate staining and scaling development; as well as removing cloudy water.

It is also recommended that one refills the spa with water each week. Typically, water evaporates or is spilt out during the week, and refilling will replace the lost liquid.

3. Monthly And Annual Tasks

At least twice a month, it is necessary for the filter of the spa to be removed and cleaned. A filter can collect large amounts of debris and if not cleared will cause the spa to stop functioning effectively. The cover of the pump should also be viewed monthly to check if all parts are operating correctly. Each three months, the spa should be drained and refilled after a cleaning of the walls. By ignoring this task you are opening the spa to chances of bacteria growth, staining, and scaling on the walls.

Check out this entertaining video on YouTube that is straight to the point on spa maintenance tips;