The Cure For Your Pool – Copper Ionization

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Costs

An ionized pool is the only way to have healthy water for your pool. It is also the least expensive to maintain.

In 2015, the average monthly cost was $190 to maintain a chlorinated pool. Another site gives a range of $300 – 800 per year plus an additional $266 to open and close a chlorinated pool.

On average, our clients spend around $2-$3 per week to maintain their pool. They can also pick up maintenance supplies at the local grocery or hardware store.

Before you drop a few hundred dollars at the pool store this year, perhaps you should give us a call first. You will be glad you did.

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The WELL Formula

It time to open your pool! Fortunately for you there is an alternative to harsh chemicals… The WELL Formula.

Works – Use a system that works! In 1965 NASA developed a technology called copper ionization because they couldn’t take a combustible chemical up into space. Then in 1973 Intec America privatized that technology for pools and hots tubs. Currently this system is installed in over 10,000 pools in seven countries. It Works.

Environmentally Friendly – This system doesn’t generate chlorine disinfection byproducts, which are not only harmful to you but to the environment as a whole.

Least Expensive – This system is the least expensive system to install and maintain. The system lasts about 25 year, has a 2-3 year ROI, and provides a 70% annual savings on time and money.

Love It – You’ll love it because you aren’t swimming in toxic chemicals. It’s like swimming in pure water. Copper is good for you, most of us don’t get enough copper in our diet.

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Copper Levels

FAQs – Copper Levels

We receive a lot of questions on copper levels. Most of these questions are related to the inability to increase copper levels when opening a pool. Below is a list of common reasons copper levels are not rising:

1. Signs you need to replace copper bars; 1) You are running your ionizer much longer than last year to maintain copper levels or to get you initial copper level up, 2) you are getting a small leak around the screws that hols the bars in place. Check your copper bars. If the bars are the thickness of 2 or 3 credit cards or less, then it is time you need to order a new set.

2. Age of cooper test. I recommend purchasing a new test kit every 2 years or 3 years absolute maximum. If your kit is older than this, order a new kit now as the readings may be off. Keep the test kit out of the sun or extreme heat to maximize its life.

3. When testing, look down though the tube not across the tube. Most know this already, however, we have a few calls on people forgetting this.

4. Check copper levels at 3, 5, 10, and 20 minutes. AccordCEOSpace2011_moding to LaMotte, the manufacturer of our copper test kit, interferences such as high pH, alkalinity, and other combinations could delay the results. Only test for copper when your pH is below 7.6.

5. Check wires and connections. Over time, the UV light from the sun can degrade the plastic coating causing oxidation of the wires. Depending on your unit type, the volt output could be from 12-24 DCVs for most systems.

6. If your pH and copper is in balance and yet algae is still growing, you may have a nitrate or phosphate issue. Have your water tested and treat with a product called PhosOut or PhosFree. The target range is less than 150 ppb or ideally 50 ppb.

7. If you have recently used a stain treatment or applied a metal out product, then that product could be pulling copper out of the water. See #6 above for treatment.

You can always contact our help desk at 800-896-1759 for any other questions related to your system or water chemistry in general.

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What Is Copper Ionization?

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Water Chemistry Guidelines

How to Maintain Water Chemistry:

Treating an ionized pool is simple and inexpensive. As with a chlorinated pool, pH is perhaps the single most important variable. We prefer a pH closer to neutral with 7.2 being ideal. With a lower pH, one will need a slightly lower alkalinity as well. To lower pH, you would use muriatic acid. To raise pH or alkalinity, you would use baking soda.

Copper ions are not affected by temperature or the UV rays from the sun. It is also a pH neutral technology. Copper levels are controlled by the amount of time and/or the power setting of the electronics units. For an average 20,000 gallon pool, the copper level can be maintained by running the system just 8 hours a week.

The Intec product line can be used with any filtration system. Keep in mind, the filter is what controls the clarity of the water. Particles such as body oils, sunscreen, and pollen are usually too small for the filter to capture. It is recommended once a week to add a filter-aid to help maintain clarity.

Anything that we recommend adding to your pool is sacrificial. This is what we mean by a “chemical free” pool.

Guidelines

pH: 7.0 – 7.4
Alkalinity: 50 – 80 (Can vary on TDS)
Copper: 0.4 – 0.6 ppm
Hardness: Dependent on surface type (150-300 ppm)

Now is the perfect time to switch to the healthier option, copper ionization!

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Is It Time To Open Your Pool?

The rule of thumb for opening a pool is when the ambient temperature is above 70 degrees.

At this temperature, algae can grow and can take over your pool in a short period of time. If you are in a geographic region with temperatures in this range, it is time to pull off the cover and balance your water chemistry. It will definitely save you time and money.

If you have not converted to copper ionization, now is the perfect time to go green and make the switch.

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Copper Ionization Advantages

Advantages of Copper Ionization

Copper ionization is a safe and effective method for maintaining sparkling clear water for swimming pools and spas. As you may know, copper is a key ingredient found in many algaecides. Modern ionization devices produce a steady flow of copper ions into the water regardless of the level of hardness and dissolved solids; thus, making it ideal in areas prone to troubled water.

Ionization is becoming popular as consumers are more concerned with chemicals entering their body. These consumers are also seeking eco-friendly alternatives. Ionized water has a softer feel and there are no chemical odors that are associated with it. Hair, fingernails, and skin do not dry out due to the oxidation of natural body oils. These benefits make Ionization the perfect choice for sanitation.

Maintaining an ionized pool is the least expensive option when compared to competing products/technologies/chemicals. In fact, it cost on average $2-$3 per week to maintain

Features

  • Long residual
  • Non-chemical process
  • Adjustable output
  • Non-oxidizing
  • pH neutral technology

Benefits

  • Less expensive to maintain
  • No known DBP, no chemical odors
  • Adapts to various pool sizes and water conditions
  • Safe on vinyl liners, will not damage skin or hair
  • Save time & money on acid and alkalinity treatments
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Chlorine DPBs linked to Asthma in Children

Exercise, including swimming, can be beneficial for those with asthma and allergies. Now questions are being raised about people being allergic to chlorine. It is argued that a chlorine allergy does not really exist. However, most if not all, medical professionals agree that there are individuals that are sensitive to a reaction with chlorine.

Chlorine reactions include itchy, red skin or hives (itchy bumps). This is not an allergy but is actually “irritant dermatitis” (like a chemical burn), caused by hypersensitivity to this natural irritant. Chlorine is also drying to the skin and can irritate existing dermatitis.

Chlorine may indirectly contribute to allergies by irritating and sensitizing the respiratory tract. Studies have suggested that frequent swimming in chlorinated pools may increase the risk of developing asthma and other respiratory allergies, both in adolescents and in adults. A recent study has shown a statistically significant increase in asthma with young competitive swimmers in indoor pools compared with those that play outdoor sports such as soccer. This is believed to be caused by the airborne chloramines which is a disinfection byproduct of chlorine.

What one might think is a chlorine allergy might actually be underlying asthma, exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB) or bronchospasm. A runny nose might be due to other underlying allergy problems. People with asthma, EIB and allergic rhinitis, who already have sensitive airways, might also have the following symptoms: 1) Coughing, especially at night, with exercise, or when laughing, 2) Trouble breathing, 3) A tight feeling in the chest, 4) Wheezing a squeaky or whistling sound, 5) Runny nose, 6) Itching, 7) Sneezing, 8) Stuffy nose due to blockage or congestion.

Copper ionization is a healthy alternative to chlorine. If you or anyone you know has these conditions and a swimming pool, there are options available and we would love to assist.

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How Does It Get Any Better Than That?

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    • Healthy
    • Cost savings
    • Quick return on investment
    • Time savings
    • Peace of mind

… Really, How does it get any better than that?

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What is a Clean Healthy Pool?

You may be asking just what is a clean healthy pool.
A clean pool is one free of bacteria and algae.
And a healthy pool has health benefits just by being in it.

Copper Ionization will provide both for you.
The copper not only kills algae and bacteria,
it also provides 19 health benefits.

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