Is It Possible to Have a Chemical Free Pool? Yes, it is possible to have a chemical-free pool! There are many different options for this, such as saltwater pools and natural swimming pools. Natural swimming pools use natural elements such as plants and rocks for filtration, and chemicals can be added less frequently than traditional chlorine pools.
Saltwater pools require the least amount of maintenance because they rely on saltwater and technology to maintain clean and clear pool water.
Chemical-free pools are made possible through saltwater chlorination or electrolysis systems, two modern repair methods designed to modify combined chlorine levels in pool water. The following are ways to have a chemical-free pool:
Shock is a chemical that helps disinfect the pool by killing e-coli, algae, bacteria, etc. It does this through oxidation which produces extra oxygen molecules. The extra oxygen then kills off these harmful contaminants. However, it also oxidizes organics causing the dissolved organic materials in your pool to form bromine and chlorine gases (chloramines).
So while you are adding more bromine or chlorine to help clean up these chemicals, you may want to rethink shocking the pool altogether.
Instead, I would recommend brushing your pool daily for about 20 minutes (more often if you have light staining), vacuuming every other week for at least an hour (longer if you have heavy staining)
Knowing the chemical make-up components in your pool water is essential to maintaining a clean and safe swimming environment. This will help you figure out what chemicals should be added to keep your pool balanced. The three main areas that need attention are pH, total alkalinity, calcium hardness, and cyanuric acid levels (for chlorine generators).
A dirty filter not only increases the workload on the pump but also reduces filtration efficiency, which can result in poor circulation, cloudy water, and corrosion of equipment.
Cleaning should take 30 minutes or less depending on system type, either weekly or biweekly while brushing approximately half an hour every week while backwashing approximately 10 minutes every other week.
Keeping the opening of your skimmer free from dirt, leaves, and twigs will reduce the frequency of clogging, so you spend less time cleaning it manually.
If a plugged filter is left for a long period of time, it can result in reduced flow rate, which reduces circulation and increases pump run times which may ultimately lead to equipment damage if not checked on regularly.
Uncovered pools may experience large heat loss of up to 50%, which also contributes to increased chemical consumption due to an increase in total dissolved solids (TDS). The higher TDS can affect pH balance and needle etching of pool surfaces.
A cover pump with an automatic timer that is left running 24/7 saves you from manually draining water and re-filling the pool every time it rains or you go on vacation so it can be covered. A pool cover pump will lift and circulate water beneath the cover to prevent surface stagnation thus minimizing the formation of algae growth on leaves and twigs.
This also reduces evaporation loss significantly, especially during windy days.
An automated system such as a salt-chlorine generator that generates chlorine automatically based on TDS levels, pH control systems (automatic adjustment of pH balance), or fully automatic feeders (which dispense an accurate amount of chemicals every day at the same time).
This will significantly reduce your workload and help you maintain a chemical-free swimming pool. It is better to spend money on preventative equipment rather than constantly adding chemicals after the damage has occurred due to neglect.
Adding chlorine manually can reduce pH imbalance, cloudy water, and corrosion (chlorine remover). By adding chlorine directly with high accuracy, it saves you money that would otherwise be spent on expensive automated systems or automatic feeders as well as reduces labor.
Adding chlorine manually also allows you to use more eco-friendly alternatives such as potassium monopersulfate which provides effective results without harming human health or the environment. It is recommended to check the pH and chlorine levels weekly to ensure that they remain within the required levels.
Lowering your total dissolved solids (TDS) will not only save you money but is also safer for your skin as well as your pool equipment which may corrode faster due to increased TDS.
The reduced level of TDS decreases chemical usage, therefore, saving money in the long run. A good way to test TDS levels is through a salt test kit such as Taylor K-2005 or Hanna HI 98107 available from swimming pool supply stores.
Ozone or ultraviolet units can help achieve clean and clear water free from organic contaminants such as leaves and pollen. Ozonators produce a highly active form of oxygen called ozone which can destroy bacteria and viruses in pool water, while UV units force the pool water to pass through ultraviolet light tubes that kill parasites, algae, and bacteria in the pool water.
These units also help remove chemicals from the surface by oxidizing dead organic materials such as old leaves and other debris on the surface so you don’t have to constantly add chlorine.
Natural swimming pools use natural filtration systems such as plants, trees, rocks, or sand along with salt generators or ozonators to keep your pool clean without producing harmful chemicals that damage human health or pollute ours.
If a natural swimming pool is not an option for you, you can still opt for green alternatives that are environmentally friendlier. These include cleaners that do not produce chlorine or salt systems that remove the need to add chemicals manually to maintain water balance.
By taking these steps, you can achieve a chemical-free pool without sacrificing performance and safety requirements. We hope you learned and enjoyed reading this article! Alternatively, you can also call us at 6844 8444 for any questions or pool services. Good luck!