Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Swimming Pool Ozone Generators

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Swimming Pool Ozone Generators

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Swimming Pool Ozone Generators

Swimming Pool Ozone Generator Reviews

From Swimming Pool Steve

Most of us have heard about the Ozone layer of the earth, and how it is depleting.  This has been a warning sign from environmentalists that warn against damage to Earth’s natural resources as a result of the hand of man, and how this is causing global climate change.  What most people don’t think of when they think of Ozone is swimming pool disinfection, and according to Swimming Pool Steve, they should.  Ozone, or O3, is a highly effective oxidizer of organic material in swimming pools, which keeps the pool cleaner, safer, and with lower levels of chlorine.

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How Does Ozone Work In Swimming Pools?

Ozone is an oxidizer. It is an unstable molecule, O3, and tries to stabilize itself by attaching to organic debris and oxidizing it during this process. An oxidizer such as ozone also reacts with chloramines in pool water (spent chlorine) to oxidize the chloramine. As a form of protecting bathers against possible dangers in the water, ozone meets almost all of the main criteria – almost.

Ozone does not have the ability to build a residual in the water. In simple terms what this means is that there is no reserve of ozone waiting in the water for some bacteria or organic debris to show up. That is how chlorine works – free chlorine is just floating, in reserve, in the water waiting for something to show up. If organic debris, skin, sweat, oil or any other contaminant is introduced to the water, the chlorine is ready and waiting. Almost all potential threats in swimming pool water are dead in less than 60 seconds when exposed to anything over 1 ppm of free chlorine. This is an important point to understand since this value is the specific reason that ozone is not suitable as a stand-alone solution to pool water treatment.

Ozone does not last long – the unstable nature of the ozone molecule, the very thing that makes it effective in swimming pool water treatment, is the reason it is not able to hold a residual in pool water. Within about 20 seconds ozone will return to 02 – oxygen so it must be created and added to the pool within a short period of time for effectiveness. Without a residual in the water this causes a number of concerns such as sunlight causing algae to grow on pool surfaces. Of primary concern is that any contaminant introduced to the pool will live unrestricted in the water until such time that it passes through the filtration system and/or encounters an ozone bubble in the pool.

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