July 9th, 2013 by Jacqui Blanton

Automated Pool Chemical Feeders

Here are some more helpful tips for the installation of your chemical feeder. Automated pool chemical feeders are becoming more dominant in commercial pool and spas. You should make a routine of calibrating and cleaning the sensors that are used to monitor the water’s condition. To ensure accurate readings, do this once a week.

Another important tip is sealing the chlorine on liquid feeders. Regardless of who is ‘allowed’ in the pool cabinet, it is important to ensure that the buckets on peristaltic-pump type feeders have lids on them. This is to prevent unwanted items from being dropped inside or chemical from getting out. It is also to prevent loved ones from getting into something that could hurt them if used improperly. If you live in an earthquake prone area, you can also strap down the lids as a safety precaution in case the bottles fall or tip over during an earthquake.

It is crucial to be aware of what you are doing when caring for you pool. A careless but common mistake is placing tablets in the skimmer basket. By doing this, you are allowing the pump to suck in corrosive and highly chlorinated water and run it through everything which begins to strip the metal. This is a BIG ‘no no’ in the pool and spa industry.

Having a pool or spa is not all fun and games. To make sure that everything is running smoothly, you have to ensure that your chemical feeder is working properly and installed properly. A good tip is to make sure that you don’t oversize the peristaltic pump feeders. Sometimes we think ‘bigger is better.’ While Texans might argue that this is always true, in this particular case, it is not the truth. Purchasing a peristaltic pump feeder that is too big for your pool or spa will inject too much chemical into the water and cause you to dilute the chlorine in the bucket so that a weaker solution is used. Another problem comes along when the water and chlorine mix. Salt will then drop out of the solution and fall to the bottom, where it could create a clog where it meets the injection fitting. To avoid this problem, get the proper size of feeder for your pool. Not sure the correct size? The pros at pogupoolspa.com will be more than happy to assist you in getting the correct size.

A final tip to take with you when dealing with chemical feeders is to remove the chemical when shutting down or winterizing. Sometimes, technicians and homeowners leave chlorine tablets in an erosion feeder. This causes long-term problems because once the tablets have been wet, the chlorine will off-gas in the system until it is exhausted. This can cause serious and expensive damage to any metal that is nearby which includes heat exchangers, stainless steel lamps, connections, and mechanical seals on pumps.