Hello there! I have been taking good care of a 50K outdoor pool and a 5K outdoor spa for over 5 years now and love the old system. Everything is very basic and pretty much what I would call manual. It reminds me of the pool I helped my grandpa take care of growing up. Simple and easy to take care of with daily care.
I work at a hotel and some big shots came in from Idaho and installed an indoor pool and spa for our new hotel addition. They flooded my guest room adjacent to the pool when firing up the system for the first time. The plumbing was damaged to the fill valve in the pool. The waterfall, they forgot to install the lights and it soaked the foam behind the fake rock. They fixed these problems but I continue to find stuff that does not make sense. Unfortunately, there are very few pool experts in our valley and I can't exactly ask for help on a new pool yet.
My biggest problem is with the Intellichem system. We have it installed on the spa and the pool. Both are high on PH and the state passed us during the inspection for all it's worth. I suspect the material used to grout the stone pebble finish will raise the ph for a few months and the waterfall will also raise it. ... but, the darn thing is just way too high...
My major question is can the Intellichem system, standing alone, be used to inject BASE instead of ACID? We tore out an old outdoor spa that was using a similar ORP and PH controller and it used liquid chlorine and liquid muratic acid.
Our new system has a Culligan container right in the middle of our already small room and it's full of a solution of Sodium Carbonate (soda ash). There are two lines that go out of this tank and to the pumps. One for the pool and one for the spa.
I read the entire manual tonight on the system and there is ONE word on page 12 of the manual that says BASE.
Everything else in the manual leads me to believe that this system will only dose the pool and spa with HCL when the PH gets above the set range.
It doesn't make much sense to me. It would be much more helpful for us to have acid being pumped into the system. I doubt that, if it was set up to inject soda ash in order to raise the PH, we would use more than one gallon of the solution in a month. Heck, I don't even know the mix they threw in there. At least it has a nice timer and mixer to keep the solution from settling.
HELP! AM I NUTS? Or do I just not know anything about this level of a pool. We're rednecks that care about our guests and facility. This thing is a space ship compared to our old pool. I have a lot to learn but perhaps I'm just over thinking it. I've been very critical since they flooded my new, beautiful room and I had to clean and repair it.
Thanks so much for your help.