Looking for recommendations

#1
Hi, I live in The Villages, FL. I am ready to order an iPool, either the Therapy Pool (7' x 7') or the iPool3 (7' x 10'). Both have a maximum water depth of 4'. I plan to put it inside my screen porch, which is about 11'8" x 14"6". I want to use a salt water system, unless there is some better non-chlorine alternative for sanitation for this type of pool. If there are other people in the Central Florida area, I would like any recommendations for installers.
 

YippeeSkippy

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#2
Hi there :handwave: Welcome to TFP!

My folks lived in The Villages and loved their pool. Salt water is the way to go for sure! There is no better sanitizer than chlorine, so why not get the device that makes the chlorine from your own salt water pool? It sure saves a lot of hassle lugging chemicals home as you rarely need much else.

Maddie :flower:
 
#3
Thanks, Maddie.

Hi there :handwave: Welcome to TFP!

My folks lived in The Villages and loved their pool. Salt water is the way to go for sure! There is no better sanitizer than chlorine, so why not get the device that makes the chlorine from your own salt water pool? It sure saves a lot of hassle lugging chemicals home as you rarely need much else.

Maddie :flower:
 

Dirk

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#4
Hi, I live in The Villages, FL. I am ready to order an iPool, either the Therapy Pool (7' x 7') or the iPool3 (7' x 10'). Both have a maximum water depth of 4'. I plan to put it inside my screen porch, which is about 11'8" x 14"6". I want to use a salt water system, unless there is some better non-chlorine alternative for sanitation for this type of pool. If there are other people in the Central Florida area, I would like any recommendations for installers.
Just to clarify... based on how you worded your post...

A salt water system in not a "non-chlorine alternative." An SWG produces chlorine, the same you would add using bleach or liquid chlorine. An SWG pool is a chlorine pool. SWGs are more convenient, and you can run your pool at a slightly lower FC level (slightly less chlorine), because an SWG adds a little bit of chlorine over a long period of time, maintaining a level amount of chlorine in the pool over the course of a day, as opposed to dosing with liquid chlorine, dumping in a bunch all at once, spiking the FC level way up, so that when it dissipates back down throughout the day you still have enough.

There are "non-chlorine alternatives" but they are not as effective at sanitizing your pool, and so are not really supported here at TFP.
 
#5
Just to clarify... based on how you worded your post...

A salt water system in not a "non-chlorine alternative." An SWG produces chlorine, the same you would add using bleach or liquid chlorine. An SWG pool is a chlorine pool. SWGs are more convenient, and you can run your pool at a slightly lower FC level (slightly less chlorine), because an SWG adds a little bit of chlorine over a long period of time, maintaining a level amount of chlorine in the pool over the course of a day, as opposed to dosing with liquid chlorine, dumping in a bunch all at once, spiking the FC level way up, so that when it dissipates back down throughout the day you still have enough.

There are "non-chlorine alternatives" but they are not as effective at sanitizing your pool, and so are not really supported here at TFP.


Yes, I realize that a salt water sytem is chlorinated, not the best wording on my part. I was wondering if any non-chlorinated sytems work, but apparently, as you say, they are not very good at sanitizing.
 

Dirk

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#6
Yes, I realize that a salt water sytem is chlorinated, not the best wording on my part. I was wondering if any non-chlorinated sytems work, but apparently, as you say, they are not very good at sanitizing.
Sorry I'm not better able to back that up. Hopefully someone in the know will happen along and explain it better than I can. UV systems and ozone systems are effective at doing certain things. And there are other systems too, I think. But they all have shortcomings. Chlorine is still king, overall, for most pools.
 
#7
Hi there :handwave: Welcome to TFP!

My folks lived in The Villages and loved their pool. Salt water is the way to go for sure! There is no better sanitizer than chlorine, so why not get the device that makes the chlorine from your own salt water pool? It sure saves a lot of hassle lugging chemicals home as you rarely need much else.

Maddie :flower:
Thanks, Maddie. I will tell you my situation. Last summer I ordered a 7'× 7' iPool, an Intex cartridge filter pump, an Intex SWG, and 40 lbs. of salt. I wanted to do this for years, but had no one to help me and didn't think I could do it myself. I finally posted an ad online and wound up with far more than I bargained for: the man offering to set up my pool turned out to be a handyman who agreed to repair my floor and subfloor that had been badly damaged by water. He set it up, but because of the expense of the floor repair and materials, plus other things, I realized I would be broke until June of 2019. I couldn't get the planned electrical upgrade or the heater and couldn't even afford pool chemicals. By December, little by little, I accumulated the chemicals and other supplies. I had no help anymore, though, and feared I might do something wrong and damage the pool, or that it might freeze during the winter. So, when I received a gift card from a friend, I bought a cheap kiddie pool to "practice" on, set it up, and filled it last month. I was busting my brain on how to set up the hoses and the pump, when my handyman just happened to stop by. He got me started with the hoses, and eventually, after a few floods in my screen room, I figured out the pump. I decided to leave well enough alone and just use liquid chlorine for now, rather than to struggle with setting up the SWG. The pool is so tiny, that far from lugging bottles of chlorine, I have barely made a dent in the bottle in a month. The water is too cold to go in, but I am maintaining it. And now, because next month my bills exceed my income, I may try to sell the SWG. I can always reconsider an SWG when I have more money.