We are ready to open our backyard pools for a second summer of the covid19 pandemic. Last year saw more new pools built than the last decade of construction. Families are trading their vacations for staycations and using their backyards as playgrounds to burn off energy. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that with the increase in backyard pool use, there will also be shortages of pool parts and chemicals. Everyone needs chlorine and the supply is having trouble keeping up with the demand.
Consider upgrading your sanitation system
If you’ve been contemplating upgrading your sanitation system this may be the final push that makes you commit. Perhaps the cost has been one of the factors keeping you on the fence. Consider the price of chlorine is likely to increase sharply to reflect the demand on the now strained supply. If you are building a new pool, these new state of the art systems – salt generators, UV, and Ozone sanitizers – require less chlorine that a chemical feeder system does.
Install a salt generator system
Salt generators reduce your chlorine demand by nearly 50% and they produce clean water that is gentle on the skin and eyes. Instead of the chemical chlorine, salt (NaCl) is added to the pool water and as it passes through an electrically charged cell the sodium (Na) and the chlorine (Cl) is separated. The naturally produced chlorine is used to kill off any harmful bacteria and keep your pool water clean and clear.
Don’t shy away from UV and Ozone systems
UV and Ozone systems have been around just as long, but have often been regarded as complex, expensive and even unstable. These systems have undergone major advances in the last 2 decades, now built as single vessel systems that makes it easy to install and replace as needed. These systems can reduce your demand for chlorine by up to 50% on their own as well.
How an Ionizer can help
Adding an Ionizer to any existing sanitation system will also help reduce your chlorine demand – by up to 90%! Ionizers help stabilize the pH of your water, which is one of the most common issues that backyard pool owners encounter with salt water sanitation systems. By keeping your pH well balanced, the chlorine is able to do its job more effectively.
Invest in a variable speed pump
Whether you decided to upgrade to any of these systems or not, a variable speed pump will also reduce your chlorine demand. Salt generators, UV and Ozone all require continuous circulation, making it necessary to use a variable speed pump. But a chemical feeder will also run much more efficiently with a VSP because the water will never be stagnant. Stagnant water permits bacteria growth almost immediately. Running a single or dual speed pump for 8-12 hours a day means there are 12-16 hours of downtime in which these harmful bacteria start to grow and build up.
Plan ahead and order early, don’t get caught in the chlorine shortage of 2021. If you can, consider purchasing a larger supply that you typically do and store it in a dark dry place. Taking care of your pool water – ph, total alkalinity, chlorine and algae – to ensure that it runs as efficiently as possible will save you money and lost swimming time. Reach out to your pool professionals today to make your plan for the 2021 backyard pool season.