The Edge - Q4, 2015 - (Page 23)
UV, Heat Pumps, Salt Chlorine
Generators & Ugly Plaster Discoloration
EDITOR'S NOTE: Of the 80 sessions that will be offered at The Pool & Spa Show,
January 25-28, 2016, in Atlantic City, some of the most sought-after sessions to attend are the
technical programs. We asked several of our experts who will speak at those sessions to give
us a heads-up on the most common question they are asked about their areas of expertise.
Dan Tillman, Delta UV, on UV systems
Can I run a pool on a UVC unit alone or with no chlorine?
The answer is no. UVC is a secondary sanitizer, so it needs to be used in conjunction with a
halogen-based pool sanitizer. The good news is the pool owner will use half of the sanitizer and
algaecide as they would vs. a pool with only chemical sanitization. A UVC system does two things
really well: first, it will sterilize any single-cell organism growing in the water; and second, it will
photo-oxidize any chloramines in the water. Any form of chlorine or bromine is great with a UVC
system, along with any type of super chlorination and algaecide, again using half the daily chlorination, half of the shock and half of the algaecide. UVC also works very well with any mineral
ionizer, filter media, enzyme and variable speed pumps. All of the sterilization and photo-oxidation
happens in the line of sight of the UVC lamp inside the vessel of the unit. Remember please do
not look directly at a lighted UVC lamp as it can damage the corneas of your eyes.
Dan Tillman will conduct a session at The Pool & Spa Show titled: "UV Technology and Residential
Installation." Get the latest information on all show seminars at www.ThePoolSpaShow.com.
Sean Assam, AquaCal AutoPilot Inc., on salt-chlorine generators
My system seems to be working properly, but I can't get a chlorine reading. What's causing this?
There are several factors that can cause this. If there are no warning lights on the power
supply, it usually means the salt system is working. However, there may be a damaged sensor
that's not indicating error conditions. After verifying that the salt system is working properly,
water chemistry and/or high chlorine demand conditions may be the most likely culprit.
Water chemistry can affect the cell condition if the Saturation Index is not balanced. There's
a good chance that the cell is getting calcium scale deposits on the blades, which will shorten
cell life and reduce chlorine output. A monthly test of the Saturation Index should keep water
chemistry conditions within proper levels.
High chlorine consumption conditions include chemical additives, such as chlorine neutralizers (Sodium Thiosulfate) and specialty algaecides (Sodium Bromide); high phosphate
levels and algae growth; insufficient cyanuric acid levels (for outdoor pools); and improper
operating conditions (cell sizing, pump run times, etc). There could be other culprits.
Sean Assam will be conducting two sessions at The Pool & Spa Show: an overview titled: "Salt
Chlorine Generators: Just the Facts (in English)" and a more technical session titled "AutoPilot
Salt Chlorine Generators: Operation, Installation and Troubleshooting." Get the latest information on all show seminars at www.ThePoolSpaShow.com.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Edge - Q4, 2015
The President’s Message
NOW HIRING! How to Recruit the Best Frontline, Hourly Employees
Pool & Spa Company Owners Brace for Health Care Reform
Are You Good Busy or Bad Busy?
Project Focus: Aquatic Artists
A Pool for All Backyards: Hybrid Design
Technical Questions Answered
Index of Advertisers
The Edge - Q4, 2015