Swimming pool chemical feeders are devices that accurately manage the quantity of chlorine, bromine, or pH-control chemicals released into the pool. Consistent chemical levels benefit both inground and above ground pools; automated chlorinators and pH chemical feeders assist pool owners avoid sanitation and pH control peaks and valleys.
Depending on the pool chemical that you wish to use, there are a variety of pool feeders available.
The 3″ chlorine tablets or sticks are meant to dissolve slowly and are intended for use in tablet feeders, not in the pool skimmer, where they might cause damage to the pipes and pool equipment. When the pump is turned off for many hours, the tablets in the skimmer continue to leach, contaminating the skimmer and pipes. This overflows the skimmer’s wall, discolour the plaster and puckering the vinyl over time. When the pump is activated, the caustic water is sucked through the system, which may cause damage to the pump and valve seals, filter elements, and pool heater exchangers.
Bromine tablets can be used in most automatic chlorine feeders and floaters mentioned below, but only if the feeder has never been used for chlorine tablets. Never mix chlorine and bromine, and never add a granular chlorine product to a tablet feeder. Many companies sell an automatic feeder with greater flow, optimized for use with bromine tablets.
Inline Chlorinator vs Floater
Floating Chlorinators: An inexpensive option to using the skimmer as a chlorine feeder, a floating chlorinator can be used in any pool by simply filling it with chlorine or bromine tablets and adjusting the openings to allow the pool water to flow through the tablet chamber. Pool chlorine floaters are inexpensive and simple to operate, but they must be closely watched to avoid spilling their contents or colliding with a step or ladder. When not in use, floating chlorinators should be removed from the pool and, if used as a winter pool floater, tied off so they stay in the pool’s centre.
The standard blue & white floating chlorinators are available in many sizes, and in a variety of styles that pop-up or flip over when the tablets or sticks have depleted, to give you a visual cue to refill the floater. Also available are large pool tablet floaters with fun and colorful designs.
In-Line Automatic Chlorinators: Plumbed into a horizontal return line pipe near the ground, and after the filter and any heater, in-line pool chlorinators are available to match any pool size. In-line chlorinators often have fewer issues than their off-line relatives, seen below. However, not all pool plumbing configurations allow for the installation of an in-line chlorinator.
Chlorinators put in-line must be mounted last on the line, behind the filter and heater, on a horizontal return pipe at ground level. Installing a chlorinator before to the filter or at the same level as a gas heater may result in equipment damage. Between an in-line tablet feeder and other equipment, check valves may be fitted to assist minimise issues with chlorine gas or liquid backing up when the pump is not functioning.
Above ground pools with in-line automated chlorinators may utilise threaded hose adapters to connect to flexible hose, or unions or threaded pipe adapters can be used when plumbing with rigid PVC. Chemical feeders can be used with all pools.
Also important to mention is to use caution when opening a chlorine feeder or bucket of chlorine tablets; strong fumes are under pressure and can quickly es ape to burn throat and lung tissue if inhaled. When opening a chlorinator or chlorine bucket, hold your breath and turn away. When closing a pool for the season, be sure to empty the chlorinator of tablets and tiny bits of chlorine and dry completely. Keep the lid loose to avoid dangerous gas build-up.
Off-Line Automatic Chlorinators:
Where no room exists to plumb an in-line chlorinator in place properly or conveniently, off-Line automatic chlorinators are installed easily. Two hose sections are utilised; one is connected after the pump to bring water into the feeder, and another is attached after the filter and any other equipment to inject chlorinated water straight into the return pipe. Screw the feeder base into the concrete or into a long board to secure it while removing the feeder cover or top.
Off-line chlorine feeders enable you to locate the chlorinator in the most convenient place and inject chlorine straight into the pipe, horizontal or vertical, well after any other equipment on the line. The sole disadvantage of off-line chlorinators is that the small injection fittings and check valves might clog and the hoses degrade with time in the sun. Every 3-5 years, a new hose and fitting kit may be required.
Liquid Chlorine Feeder for Pools
Liquid chlorine, or sodium hypochlorite, is the most often used liquid pool chemical. It is pushed directly into the return line from enormous vats using peristaltic chemical pumps. Muriatic acid may also be put straight into a return line to reduce the pH and alkalinity (using a separate chemical pump).
Chemical pumps of different sizes are available to match the chemical demand of the pool, from the small model which pumps 1 gpd (gallons per day) up to the model, capable of 77 gpd. A dial and three-way switch on the front of the chemical pump provide further control, including the ability to postpone the pumping motion. When the 3-way switch is set to ON, it runs continuously; when set to TIMER, you may change the dial to determine the length of run time within a 9-minute cycle.
Chlorine feeders for swimming pools. have the potential to leak, in the feed hose, at the pump tube connection, or at the injection fitting. Chemical pumps should always be firmly positioned above the chemical on a wall or level shelf. They must be kept inside to protect the feeder and chlorine from the environment and to keep youngsters out of reach.
Liquid Automation Systems: Taking liquid chemical pumping to another level, automation systems combine a digital ORP/pH controller with two chemical pumps, one for liquid chlorine and one for muriatic acid. The controller is capable of automatically adding a precise quantity of chlorine and pH/Alkalinity control by using a pH sensor and an ORP sensor.
Erosion Chemical Feeder is What Type of Feeder?
The erosion feeder is the most often used form of chlorine feeder. The feeder is filled with solid, compressed chlorine or bromine (in the form of a chlorine stick or tablet). Water passes over the chlorine pucks or tabs, dissolving them and allowing for a gradual release.
Acid Feeder for Pools
Is it necessary to lower the alkalinity or pH of a swimming pool? If this is the case, you may need to add acid. This article recommends introducing acid through a feeder. Calculate the alkalinity to estimate the amount of acid to add. This will determine whether to utilise acid products and how to appropriately apply acid to a pool. Yes, the manner in which (and where) the acid is thrown into the pool DOES important.
You have a 20,000 gallon home pool that has a pH of 8.0 when tested, and you wish to reduce the pH to 7.5. How much muriatic acid is required?
We’ve been asking this question a lot recently since the responses confirm our belief that we are an industry of habits…many of which are in desperate need of updating. The majority of folks say around half a gallon. Which is scarey, considering the correct answer is around half of that, depending on the pool’s alkalinity. It is critical to use the appropriate quantity of acid.
There is a clear link between how much acid is pumped into a pool and how difficult it is for the pool to maintain its alkalinity levels. Acid problems are common everywhere, and much of it is because muriatic acid is 1.18x the density of water (18% denser). 18 percent may not sound like a lot, but in water, it is a big enough difference to cause acid to plummet to the bottom of a swimming pool.
Using an acid pool feeder is essential.
Maintaining your pool will ensure that you are protecting your most important investment. For the enjoyment and safety of everyone, add a pool chemical feeder today. It will pay for itself in no time as you are not overusing chemicals. Toronto Pool Supplies has a wide variety for your convenience. We are here to answer all of your questions.