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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.


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


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


  • 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?

    • Clean waterPool
    • 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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Enjoy a Clean Healthy Pool

Countless folks who own homes throughout the United States have the wish to install a swimming pool onto their property. Even though it can be a valuable investment for a household, there are a few aspects that are to be well-thought-out preceding the pool installation into your yard. One of the major matters to decide is whether to side with a copper ionized pool or a chlorinated pool.

There is an extensive selection of advantages that are linked with the usage of a copper ionized pool compared to a chlorinated pool. Copper pool systems have become an exponentially prevalent choice for clean healthy pool owners around the United States.

Maintenance of Pool

With proper maintenance and frequent water testing, you can have a clean and sparkling swimming pool. While cloudy water is often a sign of algae growth, this is not always the case. If the water has a green tinge to it when it is cloudy this is more likely to be the cause of green algae.

If it doesn’t then it more than likely was just caused by a blocked up water filter or a filtration system that is not running properly. The first step of trying to fix this problem would be to change the filter or run the filter system more often. If this doesn’t seem to help much then you will need to double check the current state of your water as increased alkalinity or pH might cause cloudy water. In this case you would need to apply the proper stabilizer to get your pH back to a reading between 7.2 and 7.4.

Keep in mind that the alkalinity of the water needs to be less than 80 ppm but more than 50 ppm. Maintaining proper water balance and minimum sanitizer levels will ensure that any algae spores entering the pool water cannot take hold. When a set of electrodes are submerged in a solution, in this case your clean healthy pool water and a DC electrical current is induced into the electrodes, the positively charged electrode seeks the negatively charged electrode. This attraction causes the copper electrode to give up it’s electrons.

Copper Algaecide

The very earliest types of pool algaecide were copper based. Copper is a proven killer and is extremely effective. Copper, either as copper sulfate or elemental copper is suspended in a carrier liquid (water) by a chemical called triethanolamine and added to pool water. Copper concentrations vary from 1 to 7 percent depending on type. Algae are the most common pool water problem only because it is the most visibly obvious one. Algae in it of itself are not dangerous – in fact it is the main ingredient in many health supplements and tablets.

Algae brings danger in that it converts sunlight into food, releasing wastes that become the feeding grounds for unwanted and harmful bacteria and other micro-organisms. There are well over 20,000 species of algae, only a few of which are encountered in swimming pool water. Algae are almost constantly entering the pool, and as soon as the sanitizer level drops too low, the algae begin to take hold and multiply. It takes as little as a few hours on a warm sunny day for your sparkling pool to develop an algae problem. The algae “spores” found in the air are from algae that has dried out (at a nearby stream, from a neighbor’s pool . . .) and become airborne with the breeze.

Salt Water Pools & Why People Choose Copper 

A Copper Ionization System owner does not have to be concerned about doing anything different to treat their pool if they have 20 kids in the pool all day. The pool water will still provide bacterial and algae protection for a full week or more. Vinyl liners, automated pool covers and solar covers may become damaged from the use of chlorine or salt water pool systems.

Since Copper Ionization systems do not require the use of harmful oxidizing chemicals, these expensive pool components can be expected to last their normal life expectancy. Salt water pool systems will use an average of 500 watts of AC power for a 20,000 gallon pool. Copper Ionization systems will use an average of only 40 watts of DC power to treat the same amount of water.

Salt water pool systems and Copper ionization systems both use a chamber in their process. The difference is that a salt water pool system’s cell may need to be replaced in 3-5 years at a cost of over $400. The copper bars in the Copper Ionization chamber cost about $100 to replace and they should last 4-7 years. The Ionization chamber is warranted for 10 years and should last indefinitely.

Swimmers prefer the feel and taste of water treated by Copper Ionization over salt water pools by an overwhelming margin. Copper Ionization systems work within a calcium hardness range of 200-2,000ppm. Because it converts calcium to bicarbonate, the Copper Ionization will eliminate and prevent calcium scaling on pool walls and rock features. Salt water pools do not control calcium scaling and will only work within a calcium range of 200-400 ppm.

Since salt water pool systems produce chlorine, the sanitizing effectiveness of the system is impacted by changes in temperature, bather load, sunlight and rainfall. Changes in any of these factors may require additional “shocking” of the water to prevent an algae outbreak.

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21st Century Pool Cleaning

A pool ionizer works fairly simple by implementing copper ions into the water. These ions work to kill bacteria and algae that are present. The problem comes when this is not exactly fully effective. When an algae problem gets out of hand during the time a pool is dormant and covered people are finding it very hard to get copper levels high enough to kill the algae that is present. If your pool gets beyond the green algae and your issues are black algae you will find it almost impossible to get the copper levels high enough to tackle this problem.

Pool stores worldwide sell copper based algaecide to kill black algae – the toughest of all to kill. With these Chlorine Free Pool systems, the PH of the water should be kept around 7.0, which is a bit lower than a chlorine pool. CO2 (pressurized carbon dioxide gas) can be used on some of these systems to control pH. The advantage of carbon dioxide is there are no harmful fumes.

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