INSTALLATION of Watermaid Saltwater Chlorination System
Installation is simply and involves three basic steps. Watermaid Pty Ltd recommends the installation be undertaken by a qualified pool serviceman. However, installation can be performed by a qualified plumber and electrician or the home handyman or handywoman.
Step 1. - Installation of the Watermaid Chlorination Cell.
The Watermaid cell is installed in the return-to-pool pipework, after the filter, after any heater and before any branch off lines to spas or waterfalls. Installation instructions are outlined in the "Watermaid Owners Handbook"
Step 2. - Mounting & Connection of the Watermaid Power Pack.
The Watermaid Power Supply is mounted via a stainless steel wall bracket that is located within 1.5 meters or 5ft of the Watermaid Cell.
The Watermaid Power Cord is simply plugged into an Electrical Power Point* or into the Timeswitch that operates the Pool Pump. The Pool Pump is then plugged into the underside of the Watermaid Unit in the socket provided.**
This ensures the Watermaid is only operational when the pump is operating.
* 230VAC for Europe, electrical supply connected in parallel with the pump - Always consult a professional before carrying out work on electrical circuits
Step 3. - Adding salt to your swimming pool.
How much salt?
Formula to calculate required salt for the Watermaid swimming pool salt chlorinators is:
Length x Width x Average depth x 5 / 25 = 25kg bags needed for pool as initial start-up.
e.g 10m x 5m x 2m x 5 / 25 = 20 (25Kg) Bags of salt.
In swimming pool salt chlorinators, salt is not lost through the process of chlorine manufacture (electrolysis), only through splash-out, backwashing, draining or excess rain. The average pool loses about one third of its pool water each year.
5000 PPM is the ideal salt level for the latest range of Watermaid swimming pool salt chlorinators however lower or higher salt levels may be used from 3000 - 35,000 PPM (Seawater). At less than 5000 PPM - chlorine production may not be sufficient and the advantages of a salt pool are not felt. At 5000 PPM the pool chemistry is close to your own body chemistry and the pool "FEELS" better to swim in.
The Best Type of Salt
The best type of salt to use is coarse rock sea salt (NaCl) that is specifically recommended for use with saltwater swimming pool chlorinators. This type of salt contains the least amount of impurities. and is available in Spain
We must caution that some other salt sources contain manganese, which will leave brown stains on your pool if used. Salt which has a flowing agent (YPS or Sodium Meta-Silicate) must not be used. The use of this agent will cloud your pool.
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Why Use Salt?
Chlorine is manufactured from salt and then commercially packed into tablets, granuals or liquid
You can manufacture Chlorine in your own swimming pool with a salt system.
The best parts are:
1. No added chemicals - You are in control of what is in your pool
2. Lower levels of Chlorine 1 - 1.5ppm is normal and within legal requirements for a public pool
3. By far better for your health - We are in a salty solution when in our mothers womb The salt in a salt pool is only 1/6th. of that in the ocean so not really that salty but leaves our skin nice and soft whereas commercial Chlorine dries the skin, hair and eyes.
4. It all works automatically producing Chlorine every time the filtration pump is running - even when you are away and therefore can reduce your pool cleaning bill.
5. Because the chemicals are now under control there will be less wear are tear on the structure, tiles and on the tile grout
which can become softened and washed out by too much Cyanuric Acid