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Using Cure 1 can also help you avoid the reason American children have been found with lung damage at adult smoker level from over-chlorinated pools.

Cure 1.

Many chlorinator owners don't realize that ALL salt chlorinators convert salt to chlorine. The chlorine sanitizes your pool - not the salt. Your chlorinator electrodes, which electronically convert the salt to chlorine, will need replacing more often if you don't monitor your pool water PH. Electrodes cost between R1500.00 and R7000.00. Monitoring your PH will increase salt conversion to chlorine performance, plus your electrodes will last longer as they won't need to produce as much chlorine in order to sanitize your pool. If you don't monitor your PH, you'll have to increase your pump/chlorinator cycle, or turn up chlorine production. Increasing pump/chlorinator cycle is not desirable as chlorinators already use electricity to the equivalent of seven 50kw/hr domestic fridges. Using these two drastic methods to increase performance will significantly shorten electrode life, not to mention the damage caused by excessive chlorine to pool surfaces, pipes, equipment and swimmer health. In the USA it is illegal to use salt chlorinators in swimming pools located in semi sheltered or indoor areas. American children have been found to have chlorine damaged lungs at adult smoker level, plus probably other undiscovered problems. This is caused by most chlorinator owners not monitoring PH. Not monitoring PH produces a chlorine cloud (similar to chemical warfare mustard gas) on pool surfaces. One of the 3 ways to avoid buying a salt water pool chlorinator that is a bad investment, is to make certain the price of your replacement electrodes is under R1500.00. It's common for pool owners to remove their chlorinators when they discover electrode cell replacement prices exceed a 3 year supply of chlorine.


Cure 2.

Electrodes need to be imported units. Local chlorinator suppliers haven’t perfected the plate coating process yet that increases plate life. Look into an electrode cell to see if the circular or square shaped electrode plates are solid as opposed to the cheaper less efficient mesh type. Mesh electrodes clog quicker, which means more cleaning. The more cleaning needed using pool acid shortens electrode life and reduces performance.


Cure 3.

If your budget allows, choose a chlorinator that incorporates a temperature sensor. This feature digitally regulates the correct amount of salt converted to chlorine delivered into your pool according to current temperature, if your PH is correct. This performance feature is essential if you have a heated pool, or plan to add heating in the future.

Setting up your salt chlorinator to avoid problems and chlorine damage

When we carry out pinpoint electronic suction air leak detections underground, in order to solve chlorinator "water flow light remaining on" problems, we often see suction pipe damage that causes air and water leaks caused by excessive chlorine from chlorinators turned up too high.

We write daily reports for customers explaining why their pools have suction and water leak problems related to damage due to excessive chlorine produced by salt chlorinators and chlorine floaters.

We sometimes find pool cleaners and pump casings that are dissolving due to a chlorinator set too high.

It cant cant get your chlorinator to produce clear pool water, before turning up your chlorinator production setting, or carrying out unnecessary electrode replacements, first check your PH and give your sand filter a stir to clean the sandPipe Damaged By Salt Water Chlorinator

Sand never needs to be changed as it doesn't wear out. Pool filter sand, which is of the Silica variety, is only second in hardness to diamond. Pool sand sometimes appears round in shape and "worn out" due to fats from very heavy bather load.

Their are chemicals on the market to clean pool sand without removing it from your sand filter. See why pool filter sand never needs to be changed.

For no extra charge we stir your sand back to new plus give you an electronic readout of exactly what chemicals you need to balance your water when we install a chlorinator.

Fitting a chlorinator where unbalanced water exists can quickly cause clogging of even self cleaning electrode cells.  

To your right you can view a picture of of a leaking pool pipe connector found underground.

As you can see the pipe causing the leak has been corroded completely through. When we ran a finger nail around the inside of the fitting, we found the plastic was dissolving due to insufficient stabilizer in the plastic.

Pool contractors unfortunately mostly use cheaper low pressure plumbing waste pipe meant for home plumbing systems not designed to handle the levels of chlorine found in swimming pools.

The damage to pipe in the picture wouldn't have happened if the following had been in place:

  1. The PH had been monitored to order for lower levels of chlorine to work better.

  2. If the chlorinator involved here had incorporated a temperature sensor. 


Prices of Pool Maid salt water chlorinators with 3 money saving features 

Non-Self Cleaning Salt Chlorinators

Non self cleaning 35 000 - 80 000 litres private pools

R5500.00 incl.

Non self cleaning 80 000 - 100 000 litres private pools

R6000.00 incl.

Self Cleaning Salt Chlorinators

Self cleaning 0 - 25 000 litres private pools

R5250.00 incl.

Self cleaning 25 000 - 50 000litres private pools

R6050.00 incl.

Self Cleaning Salt Chlorinators With Temperature Control Option 

Self cleaning 50 000 - 80 000 litres private pools

R7000.00 incl.

Self cleaning 80 000 - 100 000 litres private pools

R7600.00 incl.

Self cleaning 100 000 - 120 000 litres private pools

R8000.00 incl.

Warranty on our products - Chlorinators 1 year for the power controller and 2 years pro rata for the electrodes.

For more info on self cleaning and non-self cleaning chlorinators in Johannesburg, call Toll-Free on 0800-007-265 Cell 082 514 5616.