Salt Chlorine Generators
Chlorine generators are an alternative sanitizer for pool owners and are desirable because they eliminate the need to store, buy, transport, handle, and add chlorine for the pool. Salt chlorine generators are not an alternative to chlorine, but actually make their own chlorine from regular table salt. The pool water passes through a generator cell that creates the chlorine within the pool water.
So How Does It Work?
As pool water passes through the chlorine generator cell, pumped through by your filter pump, the salt in the water is turned into Hypochlorous acid, aka chlorine- it’s the exact same component that is produced when any chlorine is added to pool water, whether you use sticks, tablets, granular or liquid. As the water returns to the pool, it will introduce the newly produced chlorine, preventing algae, bacteria and killing micro-organisms, creating a safe and sanitary swimming environment.
What? How does it really work?
Ok- Mild saline water is sanitized through the process of electrolysis, as described above. The electrolytic cell, through the use of a small electric current, breaks down the water into its basic elements, Hydrogen and Oxygen. By adding small quantities of granulated salt (much like household table salt – NaCI), Hypochlorous Acid (common chlorine) is produced. During the process, the Hypochlorous Acid (Chlorine) is ultimately converted back to salt. Thus, the salt does not get “used up”. Salt only needs to be “topped off” once or twice a year and only to replace salt lost due to water splash-out, bather drag off or filter backwashing.
Ok, Sounds Interesting… What Are the Other Benefits?
Well, chlorine generators require very little maintenance since there is a constant delivery of pure chlorine-based sanitizer. Also there is a reduction of irritating chloramides compared to traditional chlorinating methods so the “softening” effect of the electrolytic process reduces dissolved alkali minerals in the water. This means your hair won’t be as brittle and other skin or respiratory problems from chlorine may be reduced significantly.
Call Delaware Valley Pool Supply to find out if Salt Chlorine Generators are Right for You !