Keeping a pool chemical free is not an easy task as there are several ways available and you need to make sure that the way you have chosen is effective for your pool. Chemical-free cleaning of swimming pools offers many benefits that go beyond the chemical methods used to clean the systems. Chemical-free pool maintenance is much lower and total input costs are comparatively lower.
Pool water chlorination requires more costs, and moreover, you may also have to put up with the brunt of the chlorinated pool. The affordability of chemical-free pool cleaning methods, as well as easier pool maintenance methods, have led many people to opt for chemical-free maintenance. There is a new technology to use non-chemical pool treatments that use natural oxygen and this new technology requires no maintenance at all.
Electrolysis water treatment is much more common than we suppose; We say that it is a type of ecological and safe disinfection and represents, at the same time, a new concept in the treatment of swimming pools. The electrolysis of water aims to improve its quality and greatly simplify maintenance work; this is a system that basically generates chlorine from common salt. This salt is added directly to the pool in a concentration that does not exceed 6 grams liters, that is, 6 times less than the concentration of sea water; This addition of salt will be made only once, when filling the pool, which implies that it will not be necessary to add a new concentration during the useful life of the water. Electrolysis water treatment is a system capable of eliminating any type of microscopic impurity; if it is combined with an efficient purification system, we achieve optimal results. We must clarify that bathers will not notice the salt in the water, but on the contrary, they will have the sensation of swimming in a liquid similar to that of the sea but much softer because the saline concentration is much lower but enough to allow the electrolysis.
The execution of the water treatment by electrolysis is very simple, the process is carried out as follows: the water is introduced into the purifier for cleaning and also passes through some electrodes which use the conductivity of the same to carry out small discharges in charge to disinfect the water.
This is how the water that comes out of the purifier, then returns to the pool in a clean, disinfected and impurity-free way, this sophisticated treatment allows us to get rid of up to 90% of microorganisms and that is why we must combine it with chlorine to obtain 100% effectiveness; At the same time, it is worth clarifying that the treatment of water by electrolysis is usually combined with oxygen instead of chlorine, the former produces similar effects. The advantages of saline electrolysis are numerous, firstly we say that through this system the bather does not suffer from eye irritation, itchy skin or other annoying sensations, because the chloramines responsible for producing these discomfort are eliminated.
The second advantage lies in the maintenance of the system, this is more than simple, the only thing that we must fill in the special salt deposits, and this sporadically; In addition, with electrolysis, it is not necessary to manipulate, store or dose any chemical element. We obtain considerable water savings, even reaching 5% of the total volume of the ponds.
Pool maintenance with ozone
Ozone is as natural as oxygen, it occurs naturally and has been around since the beginning of time. Also called tri-atomic oxygen, ozone is a molecule consisting of three oxygen atoms, formed when oxygen molecules break apart and rejoin. The "ozone layer" in the stratosphere that appears to have an ever-widening hole over Antarctica is a 6-mile-thick layer of tri-atomic oxygen.
Harnessing the power of the ozone molecule to disinfect water, kill pathogens and micropollutants, is almost miraculous. Ozone is also used for air purifiers in medical offices and yoga studios.
Maybe we can use it to power cars one day?
The ozone molecule is in fact a very powerful oxidant and disinfectant, one of the most powerful on the planet. It destroys anything it comes in contact with, faster and more effectively than anything else available. And when the sanitation is complete, after the slaughter is done, the ozone created in the ozonators reverts to a good normal oxygen level, O2.
Ozone is produced in the stratosphere by two methods. UV radiation from the sun will break molecular oxygen down into individual nascent oxygen atoms. These atoms quickly bond to the first molecule they find. When they bind to an oxygen molecule, tri-atomic oxygen (ozone) is born. Another way ozone is created is through the Lightning that occurs in the stratosphere, which is a corona discharge method. Electricity separates the molecules and puts them back together in the same way as UV radiation. You can smell ozone in the air after a thunderstorm.
Ozone is also produced for pool water by these same two methods. In the UV method, air passes over a UV bulb and the radiation creates nascent oxygen and then ozone. The molecules are introduced into the water through a one-way injection fitting, and immediately begin to disinfect the water. In the corona discharge method, a pool ozonator creates a small electrical storm in an air-filled chamber. Tiny lightning bolts (not visible, but it would be nice if they were) inside the sealed unit create ozone molecules, which are diffused into the water via an injection fixture or manifold.
Ozone is indeed a powerful disinfectant, but it is a gas, and somewhat limited in this regard. It is not marketed as a standalone technology simply because of the production required for ozone molecules to visit every square inch of your pool before it escapes from the surface, or is converted back to oxygen. In other words, we still have problems with ozone's short shelf life and distribution. Better introduction methods and higher levels of efficacy have been developed in recent years. But still, ozone is actually more effective in spas, due to the less amount of water. Additionally, ozone is also not very effective on algae, so a bottled algaecide or Potassium Tetraborate is necessary for those trying to be chlorine-free.
The combination of ozonizers and mineral purifiers produces a great natural synergy. For small, clean pools with a DE filter, you can run with a small ozonator and a Nature2 espresso and little or no chlorine. Together, Nature2 and Del Ozone are a powerful system for pool water purification.
In Europe and other parts of the world, ozone plays a more important role in water purification. In the US, ozone has strong support, and it will continue to gain market share for swimming pools, and it has certainly dominated the spa market.
Ozone gives water a better smell, taste, and clarity than chlorine, and because it does not produce by-products, it does not contribute to TDS. Ozone removes certain dissolved metals and removes all soaps, slag, oils and chloramines. It also has synergy with halogens, which means that when combined, they work even better with certain micropollutants. In addition, you are creating more oxygen for the environment, while oxygenating the water in your pool!
When treating the pool using chemical-free treatment methods, you need to check the pH level of the water in the pool. In addition, you must also be in a position to determine whether the pool really needs cleaning or not. All these small but crucial factors will guide you in the correct way to clean the pool and that too without using chemicals.