Become a TFP Supporter Pool Math Forum Rules Pool School
Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: Copper spillway and pool color

  1. Back To Top    #1

    Copper spillway and pool color

    Considering using copper for spillway in a salt-generated chlorine pool. Warned that it may turn the pool green. Is this a valid concern?

  2. Back To Top    #2

    In the Industry

    duraleigh's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Sebring, Florida
    Posts
    30,077

    Re: Copper spillway and pool color

    I doubt it will turn the pool water green but it may cause some virtually permanent staining and turn blonde hair green. I wouldn't use it.
    Dave S.
    42k vinyl and concrete pool, 1.5hp pump, 140gpm filter
    TFTestkits , PoolMath , Pool School

  3. Back To Top    #3

    Re: Copper spillway and pool color

    Thanks for your caution; I'm blond without interest in becoming green.

  4. Back To Top    #4
    nutjob's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Dallas
    Posts
    109

    Re: Copper spillway and pool color

    We've got a copper scupper for a rain curtain that empties into the pool. I use the copper test kit from TFTestKits monthly and an never get a reading. Also, my daughter's blonde hair is still blonde, so if there's any copper leaching it's really quite minimal.
    I laugh—to disguise the tears.
    Size 15,000 gal 510′² | Filtration DE 48′² | Sanitation SWG+O₃ | Placement in-ground (IG) | Finish pebble
    Pumps Intelliflo VS+SVRS main WhisperFlo WF-28 feature | Location Dallas TX US (33ºN 97ºW)

  5. Back To Top    #5

    In the Industry

    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Scottsdale, AZ
    Posts
    406

    Re: Copper spillway and pool color

    I am with Nutjob, (cant believe I admitted that).
    We have been putting copper spillways on salt, and non salt pools for many years with no issues.
    Your copper will patina quite a bit more.
    Not sure where this tale began.
    Probably from the use of copper piping. Copper is soft enough that if water flows through it at high enough rate it will scour copper away into the pool.
    Your not generally running this type of feature with high flow rates that can cause this issue.
    Here is a great company that makes the products, they will tell you how many thousands, and thousands of these they have in pools.
    http://www.bobewaterandfire.com/home

  6. Back To Top    #6

    Re: Copper spillway and pool color

    Thanks for all the input. I'll call the bobe people tomorrow and listen to what they say as well.

  7. Back To Top    #7
    nutjob's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Dallas
    Posts
    109

    Re: Copper spillway and pool color

    Quote Originally Posted by Just-a-PB
    I am with Nutjob, (cant believe I admitted that).
    Haha! love it!

    Yeah, my scupper is a Bobé. It's really lovely.
    I laugh—to disguise the tears.
    Size 15,000 gal 510′² | Filtration DE 48′² | Sanitation SWG+O₃ | Placement in-ground (IG) | Finish pebble
    Pumps Intelliflo VS+SVRS main WhisperFlo WF-28 feature | Location Dallas TX US (33ºN 97ºW)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •