Pros And Cons Of Using A Chlorine Generator?
Posted 27 December 2008 - 06:01 AM
Thanks for any opinions and input!
Posted 27 December 2008 - 07:50 PM
A guide to Water Balance and Sanitation using Chlorine
Lowering Total Alkalinity
How to lower TA, without lowering pH
Chlorine Demand (CD)
What is it, and why you should care
How to Super Shock your Tub
Posted 29 December 2008 - 09:40 AM
The other option is the Gensis system(search for Pioneer H2O) that produces bromine instead of chlorine starting with salts. There are a few tub companies that have this too. Our line sells it as an option and we just started selling it to people. We did not for a few years because there were many issues with it failing. The industry has also been addressing the salt corrsion issue, and it is not as much of an issue with spas from what I understand. You would have to research that through individual companies that make the units.
There is a knack to either system getting them to produce the chlorine/bromine that you need for your individual use but once you get it they are not bad. Many of my customers that purchase them have second homes and they like that it is producing sanitizer even if they are gone a month. Since they are not using the tub the PH stays pretty well. They say you do not have to change the water for upwards of a year, depending on use, because the TDS does not increase because you are not adding chemicals all the time. The cost for chemicals is signifigantly reduced and over time pays for the addtional cost of the unit, along with less frequent water changes. The cons are the exspence at fresh fill, so if you have a mishap shortly into a fill, a water change can be costly.
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Posted 30 December 2008 - 03:55 AM
Thanks for the information! Great thread with SWCG. I am looking at putting a similar system on a Sundance Capri...we have moved and no longer have access to my HS Grandee (1996 model) that I placed a EcoSpa (Australian model) SWG on in the circulation loop. Worked well, had flow control to ensure water was circulation before activating electrodes, salt indicator to tell whether enough in to generate chlorine, indicators for high, low and activation, self cleaning. So in essence, it worked very well once you understand what it was doing and how to balance the water. I did experience some corrosion at the water heater (welded bolts are low grade stainless), but after replacing one heater coil and sealing unit tightly, no ill effects. After a decade of use, I figured I was due. The thought of using zinc to counteract the galvanic effects crossed my mind, but have not seen a need for them. The upfront cost is high, but the satisfaction from using, not adding chemicals (my wife does not monitor), soft water and fact that I can walk away for a few days without monitoring are enough for me to do again...
Again, thanks for the information!
Posted 30 December 2008 - 09:25 AM
Posted 30 December 2008 - 01:24 PM
Thanks for the information, had not thought of using the CYA to counteract any corrossive effects. Will try it out...
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