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This question usually causes intense debates among persons who choose them. To sterilize your pool, there are two most common way, chlorine tablets or chlorine generators, AKA seewater pool. Here we will tell you advantages and disadvantages of both, so that you can decide which one is more suitable for you.
This have been such a traditional method to cleanse pools for over 50 years. To clean, operate and maintain the pool smoothly, we use the Hi-Tech and available germicide. People believe chlorine tablets clean and disinfect pool water from dirt, algae, insect, germs and so on. The tablets are dispersed into either an external chemical feeder that’s installed near your pool equipment or an in-pool floating disbursement device.
Dispensing the chlorine tablets into your pool with an external automatic feeder seems like the most convenient way. The prices of these system range around $50 – $250. So how does it run? As the pump is operating, water will flow over the tablets, liquefy the chlorine and spread it through the pool water. You should keep an eye on the dial of the chemical feeder. This alters the quantity of water flowing over the tablets, which are dissolved and set free into the water. This will help you adjust the dispense rate to keep your chlorine levels within optimal range.
To release chlorine into your pool from the tablets you need a floating dispense, which disburses chlorine and costs range about $10-$30. This is much idealer for small pools than the big ones, because the tablets are floating on the surface of the water without a lot of water flowing over them to encourage dissolvement.
Feeder choice doesn’t really play an important role about what is the exact amount of chlorine you need. Enough tablets of your pool chemical feeder will be held and need only every 1 to 3 weeks to be refilled. Trichlor-S-triazinetrione is usually the active ingredient in chlorine tablets which is almost of the tablets (other ingredients only play 1%, very little space). The tablets are stabilized to stop chlorine loss owing to the sun’s UV rays. People can even produce tablets with additional ingredients to stop scaling, soften the water and remain longer than classic chlorine tablets. Most pools will need 16 ounces tow two 3’’ chlorine tablets per 10000 gallons of water each week to prolong exact chlorine levels. Each 50-pound bucket of 3” tablets will typically include 100 tablets. Load of swimmers, climate change and other element can make changes to your chlorine request.
The most common tablets used in commercial and residential pools are cement, painted, plaster, pebble, vinyl and fiberglass. Those pools are easy to maintain and balance water properly. That’s why they are more common than the commercial pools, which will have to follow strict rules about water balance, or be shut down until pool owners balance water pools.
In general, we can make a list of pros and cons of chlorine pools :
- Easy to maintain proper chlorine levels
- Stabilized to stop chlorine loss due to UVA rays
- Amazing for all pool types
- Must fill your chlorine dispenser every 1 to 3 weeks with tablets and the buckets can be heavy
- Must buy and store the chlorine tablets
- The stabilizer in the chlorine tablets can build-up over time in the pool and may need you to partially drain and refill the pool to get the levels back into the proper range.
Saltpool, or salt generator, have been popular 20 or 30 years ago. When owners add chlorine into the pool salt is poured into the pool and may need to be brushed until it’s been liquefied. The salt generator itself is made of parallel titanium plates that electrolyze the dissolved salt to produce chlorine.
So this proves that pools include chlorine. A pool using a chlorine generator needs the same level of chlorine to maintain as a pool using chlorine tablets. The acceptable range for residential pool is between 1 to 3 parts per million (ppm) of chlorine.
You need an adjustable dial or button to change the chlorine production rate in the same way as a chemical feeder. The original way is changing the water flow over the tablets, but now people change the production by changing term and regularity of chlorine generator cell. Some higher ends unit will make those arrangements undoubtedly but they aren’t typical because of price, installing and long period maintenance.
Users have many choices to buy chlorine generators owing to prices and features. You have to evaluate your pool’s size, how much chlorine you need to maintain your pool and so on to choose the best chlorine generators. The prices is between $500 and $3500 and usually have power center/control panel and cell. The typical powder center’s lifespan is 5 to 10 years and the cell’s is 2 to 5 years. That depends on the quality of the model and the frequency of use. Some people can even maximum their pools’ lifespan up to 6 or 7 years but this situation is so rare.
A pool using chlorine generator are appreciated because of the softness of the water, which is caused by the salt into the water. Most chlorine generators need 2500 to 4500 ppm salt to be maintained. A 15,000 gallon pool will need about 425 pounds of salt. When you fill your pool or add salt for the first time you have to achieve a salinity level of 3400 ppm. This level is low enough for your pool to have the faintest taste of salt and your eyes wont be irritated. Because of the salt your skin wont dry our when you get in or out of the pool. Think of it as swimming in contact solution. The ocean, by comparison, is a little over 10 times as salty.
Shortly, we can make a list of pros and cons of chlorine generators :
- Don’t need chlorine tablets
- Salt provides a soft feel on the skin
- Easy to change chlorine production rate
- High upfront cost and replacement cell cost
- Must test and maintain proper salt and stabilizer levels
- Must add salt regularly and the salt bags are heavy
Do you think maintaining a pool using chlorine tablets different to a pool using chlorine generators? Actually no. We will provide you some information about maintaining a pool using chlorine generators and help you delete all the misunderstanding.
As I stated above, a chlorine generator is not chlorine free, of course. It means you have to guarantee that your pool’s water is balanced and the levels of alkalinity, pH, and calcium hardness is proper. You may hear that the chlorine generator will do this for you but this is not true. Both type of pools need cleansing regularly every week to avoid algae, dirt, bacteria and so on, depending on bather load and other factors.
The chlorine produced by a generator need to be added separately and kept between 30 to 50 ppm , because it doesn’t contain any stabilizer (cyanuric acid), so that will need to be added separately and kept between 30-50 ppm. When there isn’t any stabilizer in the water, it makes the generator work much harder to maintain proper chlorine levels, and the chlorine cell will be short-aged.
To make your chlorine generator effective, salt levels are very important. Too much or too little salt can cause the generator to stop producing chlorine. High salt can only be removed by partially draining and refilling the pool until the salt levels are where they need to be. It can destroy pool equipment and metal components as it’s corrosive.
Maintaining proper pH levels is a problem of pools with chlorine generators as the pH in salt pools will gradually creep higher than the recommended range of 7.2 to 7.8 in most cases and need to be adjusted on at least a weekly basis. That’s why commercial pools tend to use chlorine tablets instead of generators as they have to shut down their pools if they extend pH levels above 7.8 and can’t reopen until pH is within suitable range. But you can solve that by installing an automatic pH dosing system that will self-regulate the pH by automatically liquefying muriatic acid as needed. However, these pH system’s price is so freaking high. They range from the basic models starting around $600 to elaborate systems up to $5000.
When you have to choose between tablets and generators, price is also an important factor. But it’s hard to say that what is cheaper. For tablets, most pools will go through 1 or 2 buckets per year with a cost typically between $100-$175. A chlorine generator has an much higher cost of $500-$3500, though the most popular and commonly used units usually range $900-$1200, and a cell’s longlife is between 2-5 years with a replacement cost of $400-$600. There are some cheaper cells out there in the $300 range with a shorter cell life and produce less chlorine than higher end models. The power center for chlorine generators will range from $300 to $500 and need to be replaced as they go out and as with any electronic device there are circuit boards and sensors that may need to be replaced and if you can’t diagnose and repair the device yourself there will be service charges for a professional to handle that for you.
Both pools will need to maintain the same level of total alkalinity, pH, and total hardness. Those costs are minimal but it’s important to account for the extra needs for pH decreaser or muriatic acid in a salt water pool. Salt pools also need salt and stabilizer added. Proper pool salt will range from $6-$14 per 40 pound bag, depending on your region. You can get away with using non-pool specific salt for short term savings. Since it isn’t as pure or fast dissolving, you’ll wind up spending more in the long run.
It’s hard to say how much they cost : the priced are depending on the pool and how long your chlorine generator components last. But if you wanna know, it’s pretty easy. If you only add some salt and almost do nothing than that, you can save a big amount of money temporarily, but actually your pool isn’t being maintained and you will pay pretty much more in the long time. Clear water doesn’t necessarily mean the water is clean, free of bacteria and other contaminants or issues that will be caused due to the neglect.
If you only want to clear water, you can have many other economical choices. But if you want a safe, secure, proper balanced pool, we truly advise you to use all of your pool’s chemical equipments, and you can evaluate the total cost.
Physical Side Effects
People also misunderstand about the physical side effects which are assigned to a chlorine pool. Have ever heard of red eyes? That are usually a result of combined chlorine issues and that means water isn’t shocked regularly. This can be an issue for both systems although the salt in the water may have a more soothing effect over chlorine tablets in this scenario. But opposed to rumours, green hair isn’t even caused by chlorine, but by copper in the water. Pool having high levels of copper in the water can produce green hair.
Based on your needs and preferences, you can decide which prices you pay for your pool. But before doing some investments you need to ask some questions: What can I afford in a worst case scenario? How much effort do I want to put into maintaining my pool? What do I want to get out of my pool?
We recmommend you to do whatever you like and decide what you think will work best for you. If you are a current pool owner and already using a sanitizing system and find it work, of course no switching. But if what you are doing isn’t working out for you then replacing is the best solution now. There are a lot of great choices for you : chemicals systems on the market and other sanitizing systems such as UV Systems and Ozonators. There is no perfect system on the market which is the most economical way. Chlorine Tablets and Chlorine Generators can both be great options but one won’t necessarily be cheaper than the other.