I was about to pull the trigger on a salt system (Aqua-Rite) for my 14K gallon pool, but after some reading, I'm a little concerned about some of the side effects, such as the corrosion of the surrounding decking. I became even more concerned when I read that more and more pool companies require a "release from liability" when installing these systems. Also, the use of light colored coping is not recommended, and of course, the new coping around my pool is ivory. Finally, it seems that salt systems may need to be run 24/7 in order to produce sufficient concentrations of chlorine, which is not an option for me.
By chance, I came across some information about automated liquid chlorine feeders, and was intrigued. I've read about the "Liquidator," but it seems folks have to add chlorine to it every 2-3 days. The objective behind going with a salt system was to avoid this kind of "maintenance." Admittedly, I have a poor record when it comes to pool maintenance, so I’m looking for a system to “automate” things somewhat so that my lack of attention at times won’t be punished by algae blooms. I travel on business quite a bit which complicates things even further.
I was looking at a product by Stenner that uses a peristaltic pump mounted on a tank, which can hold up to 30 gallons depending on the model. I’m curious to know if anyone has used this system, or perhaps a similar system.
I realize that water temperature (I’m in Florida), bather load, leaves in the pool, and other criteria dictate chlorine levels/needs, but in general terms, how many gallons of chlorine might be used per week in one of these systems to maintain the chlorine at the typical recommended level?
Any input and/or advice would be greatly appreciated!!!