Having a chemical automation system — chemical controller and chemical feed pumps — is not only a huge asset to your property; it is the industry standard for commercial pools! Poolsure strongly believes in the need for chemical automation and provides them to all of our customers as part of our Water Management Program.
What does a chemical controller do, and why is it important?
To understand the importance of a chemical controller, we need to provide a quick chemistry lesson.
In order for a pool to look beautiful and blue, a lot of chemical levels need to stay in balance. Out of these, two can change very quickly: pH and disinfectant (free chlorine) level. They are also the most important indicators of how effective your pool is at sanitizing water, which directly impacts swimmer safety and pool cleanliness. Levels of pH and disinfectant will change more quickly in pools that are smaller, have a high bather load, or are exposed to direct sunlight.
A chemical controller system measures both pH and disinfectant levels in the water. When it detects that either level is out of range, the chemical controller will automatically feed bleach and acid into your pool until pH and disinfectant levels reach ideal ranges again. This is similar to how a thermostat tells your AC system to heat or cool your house to a preset temperature.
What are the benefits of having a chemical controller?
Reduced Chemical Waste:
A chemical controller does not continuously feed bleach and acid to your pool like an erosion feeder or a timer-controlled device. The controller feeds chemicals only when they are needed for water balance. This means that properties will save money on chemicals and leave a smaller environmental impact.
Improved Patron Safety:
Since the chemical controller balanced pH and disinfectant levels in real time, these chemical levels are balanced before they negatively impact pool equipment or patrons.
Warning indicators from your controller may be symptoms of other problems in your pool, such as inadequate water circulation or malfunctioning pumps.
Reduced Operator Workload:
Having a chemical automation system is like having a pool operator always be there to balance your pool with bleach and acid. This automation will greatly reduce the daily workload of your pool operators or maintenance personnel.
Running an automated chemical feed system for your pool is a process that works 24/7 to help reduce chemical costs, decrease liability and risk, and create a safer, healthier swimming experience.