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Thread: PB recs chlorine free Ionization vs. SWG

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    PB recs chlorine free Ionization vs. SWG

    PB says he will not do SWG anymore. If customer insists then no Warranty.

    I have not seen any discussion on TFP forum about Ionization sanitizing.

    Any opinions?? Thanks
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    Re: PB recs chlorine free Ionization vs. SWG

    Pretty sure ionization is only recommended for indoor pools.
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    Re: PB recs chlorine free Ionization vs. SWG

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    Re: PB recs chlorine free Ionization vs. SWG

    Avoid ionizers. They do help prevent algae, but they do not sanitize and they risk expensive and unsightly stains.

    A SWG can sometimes be an issue for natural stone work. It is totally fine with just about anything else. Having problems is actually quite unusual, even with natural stone, but when you do have problems they can get expensive.
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    Re: PB recs chlorine free Ionization vs. SWG

    Thanks guys, understand where this is going!
    Part of my education process with PB.
    IG gunite Edmond, OK(OKC), 18x36 freeform ~20K, 4-8' deep, Pentair equip, (2) 3hp VS+ pump, 520 cart filter, 3 LED, Easytouch8, ItellichlorIC40 SWG, Polaris 3900 cleaner, Spa 8'x18"raised, 20' raised bond beam 2 sheers, Stonescape Tahoe Blue quartz plaster, TF-100 kit.
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    Re: PB recs chlorine free Ionization vs. SWG

    Just curious, why is he soured on swgs?
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    Re: PB recs chlorine free Ionization vs. SWG

    He claimed corrosiveness on plaster and natural rock coping over time.
    I worked with a guy last week who has had a SWG pool for 12 years in Tucson and has had no problems, still using the original Hayward pump.
    I will see what PB #2 says next.
    IG gunite Edmond, OK(OKC), 18x36 freeform ~20K, 4-8' deep, Pentair equip, (2) 3hp VS+ pump, 520 cart filter, 3 LED, Easytouch8, ItellichlorIC40 SWG, Polaris 3900 cleaner, Spa 8'x18"raised, 20' raised bond beam 2 sheers, Stonescape Tahoe Blue quartz plaster, TF-100 kit.
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    Re: PB recs chlorine free Ionization vs. SWG

    Quote Originally Posted by Flatlander
    He claimed corrosiveness on plaster and natural rock coping over time.
    I should not be a problem whatsoever for plaster...some soft coping stones do deteriorate faster in the presence of swg concentration water, but anything hard should not.

    Quote Originally Posted by Flatlander
    I will see what PB #2 says next.
    This is a good move I think.
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