An ionized pool is one of the greatest pleasures you will experience. Once you realize the beauty of swimming in an ionized pool, you will only have to swim in a chemically-treated pool one more time to know how bad chlorine is and how lucky you are to have an ionized pool.
What is a chlorine free pool?
Chlorine is the most commonly used sanitizer for swimming pools. This would also include salt water generators that produce chlorine through a SWG electrolytic cell via salt (sodium chloride). A lot of chemicals are necessary in order to maintain a chlorinated pool: 1) Chlorine, usually in the form of calcium hypochlorite, dichlor, or trichlor, 2) Chlorine shock is used to break down the combined chlorine and oxidize the chloramines, 3) Cyanuric acid (stabilizer) is used to keep the sun from breaking down the chlorine and allowing it to be active in the pool longer, 4) An acid to lower the pH, 5) A base such soda ash or baking soda (alkalinity up) to increase the alkalinity and pH, 6) Hardness increaser to raise the hardness levels, and 7) Algaecides as all halogens are actually weak for algae control. Chlorine alternatives such as ozone and UV systems still require all of the above, however, it may reduce the amount of chlorine that is used or the need to chock the pool as often.
Copper ionization simply replaces the need for chlorine disinfectants and are more effective at controlling algae and bacteria. Since chlorine is not used, there is no need to shock the pool nor the need to use stabilizer. And copper is generally regarded as the best option for algae control. With Intec’s ionization technology, you will no longer need to buy all of these chemicals. What is used to maintain the water chemistry can be purchased at the grocery store or local hardware store resulting in a huge cost savings. Also, anything that is added, is sacrificial and no longer remains in the pool which is why an ionizer pool is also referred to as a chemical free pool.
Why do I need it for my pool?
Many chemicals used in treating swimming pool water have adverse reactions to bathers. Some of these chemicals combine with matter and create harmful byproducts that can irritate your eyes, sinuses, throat and lungs. These chemicals simply strip your body of its natural protective oils and common concerns include dry/itchy skin, brittle nails, and damaged hair.
We now understand how the chemicals we have used in the past are now causing issues in the present. Many of these are found in our food supply and drinking water. From glyphosate in herbicides, lead from solder, and various disinfection byproducts to keep our water supply pathogen free. While these products have make life easier, many of these products have a toxic bioaccumulative effect that lead to debilitating diseases or even cancer. If you drink purified water, eat organic foods, and live a healthy lifestyle, why would you even consider to swim in a chemically treated pool?
As today’s consumer becomes more aware of the dangers of continuous exposure to chemicals, the consumer is actively seeking healthier alternatives. Intec’s ionization technology is best option for a chlorine free / chemical free pool or spa. It is the most natural, effective, affordable and safest method available today.
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 indeed 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.
Fresh Water Pool Maintenance
A freshwater pool is simply an ionized pool (This is not to be confused with a natural pool that uses bio-filters and does not offer any sanitation aspect). As with any pool, balanced water chemistry is important. If the water is not in balance, then a pool can quickly turn on you. An ionized pool can be maintained easier in any type of climate.
It is recommended that water is tested twice a week (as with all other pool sanitation methods). This way you know your pool is in balance for the whole week and just not a few days in the week. The two most important tests are pH and copper levels.
In our opinion, pH is the single most important variable. An acid or a base must be used to raise or lower pH. Intec recommends using muriatic acid (HCl) to lower pH and baking soda to raise alkalinity and pH. Both are sacrificial and will no longer exist in its original state. Other products could be substituted, but costs and availability is why we do not endorse those other products.
Your copper is the sanitizer that will replace chlorine, bromine, biguanide, or whatever you are currently using. In most cases this is chlorine and salt water chlorinators. Since chlorine is not being used, stabilizer (cyanuric acid) and shock treatments will no longer be necessary. Also, since copper is the active ingredient in many algaecides, you will no longer need to add an algaecide.
Ionization is NOT filtration. The Intec system is compatible with any pump and filtration technology. A filter aid is suggested to squeeze out the mater molecule and ensure your water does not get cloudy.
More detailed instructions can be found in Section 6 of our manual and a link to download this manual can be found below. And if you do have questions or issues on maintenance, Intec has a toll free support line to assist you.