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Streamline sanitisation with an automated system

Water management can be a bit hit and miss. Get rid of the guesswork with an automated sanitisation system, saving time, money and effort.

As a pool owner, the dream is always crystal clear sparkling water, whether you’ve opted for a conventional chlorine, salt or mineral salt pool.

If you don’t know what you’re doing, messing about with chemicals can be the least enjoyable part of owning a pool, especially when you can’t quite get the levels right. Add too much of this or too little of that and you risk making the water unsafe for swimming, needing even more time to correct it and wasting money in the process.

Thankfully, automation technology is increasingly offering simple solutions for pool owners, removing the need to manually monitor, measure and adjust sanitiser and pH levels.

What they do…

Automation was once reserved for commercial pools, where water chemistry is measured on the hour to ensure the highest levels of safety for the swimming public. Back at home things haven’t always been so strict, where the average pool owner might have a quick scan once a week, then hand dose chemicals in an effort to get levels where they need to be. What worked beautifully one week may not deliver the same results in the next, causing frustration and taking time and effort to resolve.

Water management control systems remove the need for human intervention by continually testing the water and adjusting chemical levels at pre-determined intervals. System architecture varies and available products include dedicated devices through to modular components that can be integrated to form a larger whole-of-pool automation system capable of incorporate all other elements like pumps, cleaners, filtration systems, lighting and more.  

As a baseline, they feature a probe that can measure both the pH (acidity) and ORP – the Oxidation Reduction Potential levels in the water. ORP is a bit of a ‘sciency’ term but it’s just a measure of the level of effective chlorine in the water that is available to sanitise. The systems analyse the results and adjust chemical levels accordingly.

…and why you should invest in one

Chlorine and pH levels are prone to fluctuations, especially in small residential pools when there are rapid changes in the number of people swimming (known as the bather load) or when external debris or organic matter enters the water. They also tend to vary greatly from season to season.

pH levels can change extremely quickly – within hours – and have an almost immediate negative effect on the sanitising power of chlorine, rendering it useless and creating a fantastic breeding ground for pool nasties like algae and bacteria.

These rapid and large fluctuations are almost impossible to manage effectively using manual methods. The beauty of an automation system is that it smooths those spiked variabilities, which I turn lessens the need for extreme adjustments to bring the water back in to balance.

The result is a decreased chemical usage which not only saves you money, but also helps protect your pool interior and equipment from the harsh effects of over-chlorination.

Get the right advice

Look, some people love the challenge of creating the perfect water balance…but it really isn’t for everyone. We think life is too short to spend time doing things you simply don’t enjoy. So, if testing, measuring and messing about with chemicals just isn’t your thing, there are worse things you could do than invest in a sanitisation automation system.

That doesn’t mean you should rush out and buy the first thing you see, either. It’s worth taking the time to speak with an expert who can provide advice based on the specifics of your pool, your lifestyle and any other automation requirements you may have. Check out more options on the poolspalife.com.au website or speak with a SPASA member for expert guidance.

The benefits of sanitisation automation

  • Makes it easy to keep water safe, healthy, clean and sparkling

  • Takes the guesswork out of water chemistry

  • Saves time and money

  • Reduces chemical usage

  • Protects pool equipment by maintaining chlorine levels

  • Compatible with most pool types

  • Can be integrated with other automation modules for whole-pool control

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