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The Simple Salt System provides swimming pool owners with a better quality of water, while eliminating daily usage of harsh chemicals such as chlorine and bromine. Traditional salt systems can cause corrosion to the steel wall and top rails. More and more pool manufacturers will not warranty a pool that uses a traditional salt system. The Simple Salt System utilizes salt in a unique way, simply kick starting the process, to provide better quality water which is also environmentally friendly and safe for your pool. It provides a controlled and testable amount of natural minerals, in this case copper, of which the ideal range is between 0.3-0.5 ppm.

Shock is necessary with any pool maintenance program. Shimmer combines two of the most effective ingredients in water treatment, Calcium Hypochlorite and Sodium Tetra Borate. Calcium Hypochlorite is a fast acting, short-lived bacteria stat. It is used as an oxidizing agent that strips away harsh chloramines without leaving a high chlorine residual. The calcium in this weekly shock replenishes calcium leaving the pool through splash out and prevents corrosion of vital pool equipment. Adding a small dose of Sodium Tetra Borate on a weekly basis ensures that your pool stays algae-free due to the lack of carbon dioxide in the water. Sodium Tetra Borate is also used as a water softening salt. It keeps your water silky smooth while also shimmering clear and does not irritate the skin or eyes. By using these highly efficient chemicals we are greatly reducing the time spent treating the pool water.

The Simple Salt System offers such advanced technology that it is truly a low-maintenance system; set it and forget it! Just remember to test your pool water weekly. There is even a water temperature display and system active indicator so you can rest assured that your system is functioning properly.

A 40 lb. bag of salt, one time only, on new pools will achieve a TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) level of 1000 ppm or greater, kick starting the natural minerals. This will enable us to get a clear reading when testing for copper. Again, the ideal range for copper is between 0.3-0.5 ppm.

The Simple Salt System is environmentally friendly! By eliminating the need for daily sanitizers, we are helping the planet. You can even recycle the plastic chamber when the copper is depleted. When the chamber light illuminates, it is time to replace the chamber. The chamber will last one season on most pools. A number of factors will determine the life expectancy of the chamber such as pool size, weather, and usage.

The most important things to remember is that the Simple Salt System is easy to use and safe for kids, pets, your swimming pool, and the planet!



Simple Salt System Chemical Program

The Simple Salt System utilizes natural minerals, such as copper and silver that acts as natural algaecides to treat your pool.  By simply adjusting the dial, the natural mineral level can easily be maintained between 0.3 - 0.5 ppm.


 

Prime:

Prime is the intial treatment used to prepare the pool water for the Simple Salt System.  Prime is a sodium based salt that is enhanced with not only borates, but also metal removers and cyanuric acid. The sodium salts provide a medium through which the Simple Salt minerals may disperse while also softening the water.  The metal removers eliminate counter productive metals found in the water supply, such as iron and magnesium, that can cause staining.  By eliminating these interfering metals, the natural minerals produced by the Simple Salt chamber will be more effective.  The cyanuric acid, which works in conjunction with Power Boost Plus, prevents chlorine loss due to sunlight.  The last ingredient, tetraborates, remove carbon dioxide from the water.  All plant based life, such as algae requires carbon dioxide to live.  By removing carbon dioxide, algae can not grow.  By adding Prime at the beginning of every season we are able to keep all of the other chemical levels to a minimum, thus simplifying a very effective process.



Power Boost Plus:

Shocking a swimming pool is always necessary.  Prime combines a few of the most effective ingredients in water treatment, calcium hypochlorite and sodium tetraborate.  Calcium hypochlorite is a very strong, fast acting, but short lived bacteria-stat.  In this case it is used as an oxidizing agent that strips away chloramines without leaving a high chlorine residual.  The calcium in this weekly shock replenishes calcium leaving the pool through splash out and prevents corrosion of vital pool equipment.  Adding a small dose of sodium tetraborate on a weekly basis keeps the carbon dioxide out of the water, not allowing algae to grow.  Sodium tetraborate is also used as a water softening salt, keeping your water silky smooth while also shimmering clear.



Vivid:

Vivid is a natural enzyme water clarifier.  A common cause of water cloudiness and scum lines on swimming pools are tanning oils and lotions.  As opposed to coagulate clarifiers that may clog the filter, the  natural enzymes found in Vivid attack and eliminate oils and other contaminants in the water to maintain water clarity while minimizing filter maintenance.  Adding Vivid clarifier saves your filter all of the stress while saving you time and money!


 

Shield:

Shield is a specially engineered blend that is used when winterizing the pool.  It is an all-in-one winterizing "kit" that does not required anything additional to close a pool down for the winter.  Simply balance your water's pH, alkalinity and add a 10 lb bucket of shield and your ready to cover your pool.


 

Start Up for Simple Salt System

  1. Install on the return side of the filter in any direction.  With no flow switch, the system utilizes a unique Water Flow Vibration technology.
  2. Turn system control knob to (3) to start, be sure the green "Active" light is on when the pump is running.  If the red chamber light is on, turn the dial down.
  3. During the initial fill, add the salt (40 - 80 lbs) one time only to achieve a 1000 ppm TDS level.
  4. Broadcast entire 25 lb bucket of Prime.
  5. Use test strips provided to balance the pH, Alkalinity, and copper.

Test Pool Water at Start Up

  1. Alkalinity between 80 - 150 ppm.
  2. pH between 7.2 - 7.8 ppm.
  3. Calcium Hardness between 180 - 250 ppm.
  4. Balance mineral level (copper) between 0.3 - 0.5 ppm.  (TDS must be over 1000 ppm).  May take 1 - 3 days for initial level to get within the ideal range.
  5. Iron and other metals should be zero.

Maintenance for a Power Ionizer System

  1. Weekly water test to balance all levels, including natural minerals (copper).
  2. Use the control knob to increase or decrease the amount of copper to within the ideal range of 0.3 - 0.5 ppm.
  3. Note:  If the control knob is turned to "Maximum" it may shut down and illuminate the red "Chamber" light.  Simply turn the control knob until the red light goes off and the green active light remains illuminated.
  4. The green "Active" light will be illuminated when the pump is on.  This will give you the most accurate temperature reading as well as indicate your Simply Salt System is functioning properly.
  5. Shock every week with one bag of Refresh per 10,000 gallons of pool water.
  6. Pour one pint of Vivid (natural enzyme clarifier)  directly into the pool every other week.
  7. Do not test for or maintain a chlorine residual once the mineral level is stabilized.
  8. To winterize, broadcast one bucket of Chill; remove and store the Simple Salt System in a cool dry place.
  9. The chamber needs to be replaced approximately every season; it could be more often on larger pools and /or warmer climates.
  10. Replacement is indicated by the red "Chamber" light illuminating.

 

Pool Safety

Here are some pool safety reminders to help prevent accidents and to keep your family and friends safe.

 

SUPERVISION

  • Adult supervision is a key element in getting the maximum, safest enjoyment from your pool. Never let children under the age of 14 swim unsupervised in a pool. Constant, vigilant supervision of infants and children is paramount at all times.
  • One individual must assume primary responsibility for supervising the pool and consistently enforcing pool rules.
  • Set pool rules and stick by them. Don't allow running around the pool, which can easily cause slips to occur. Insist on safe diving and proper use of diving boards, slides and other water toys.
  • Pool rules should be clearly communicated and understood by all persons - young or old - who use your pool.
  • Never swim alone or allow others to do so.
  • Be sure access to your pool area meets or exceeds local codes to keep children and uninvited guests from using your pool unsupervised.

 

SWIMMING ABILITY

  • Always find out whether or not guests can swim. Supervise guests who can't swim the way you would a child.
  • If you're uncomfortable with someone's swimming abilities, make sure they stay in the shallow water area and watch them closely.
  • Pay special attention to educating young children and non-swimmers about important safety precautions.

 

HEADFIRST ENTRY: DIVING AND SLIDING

The chief danger for divers or headfirst sliders is serious spinal injury. Serious spinal injuries can occur even at very slow speeds if the head strikes firmly against the pool bottom or side. Any diving board, rock, platform or slide should be inspected prior to use to affirm that its installation conforms to applicable industry standards and government regulations.

DO...

  • Know the shape of the pool bottom and the water depth before you dive or slide headfirst.
  • Plan your path to avoid submerged obstacles, surface objects or other swimmers.
  • Hold your head up, arms up, and steer up with your hands.
  • Keep arms extended and head and hands up.
  • Practice carefully before you dive or slide headfirst.
  • Test the diving board for its spring before using.
  • Remember that when you dive down, you must steer up.
  • Dive straight ahead - not off the side of a diving board.

DON'T...

  • Drink and dive.
  • Dive into an above-ground pool.
  • Dive into a pool not meeting a "diving pool" standard.
  • Dive or slide headfirst in the shallow part of the pool.
  • Dive across the narrow part of pools.
  • Run and dive.
  • Dive from any place that is not specifically designed for diving.
  • Engage in horseplay on diving or sliding equipment.
  • Use diving equipment as a trampoline.
  • Do a back dive; backyard pools are not built for this dangerous dive.
  • Try fancy dives; keep the dives simple.
  • Dive or slide headfirst at or through objects such as inner tubes.
  • Put diving or sliding equipment on a pool that wasn't designed for it.
  • Swim or dive alone.
  • Dive into unfamiliar bodies of water.

 

MEDICAL PRECAUTIONS

  • Strongly consider having at least one family member trained in basic CPR.
  • Keep a wireless telephone near, but not too close, to the pool.
  • Keep these basic safety items by the pool at all times:
    • Shepherd's crook or long-handled hook
    • Life preserver
    • First aid kit including written instructions on how to administer CPR

 

ENTERTAINING

  • Plan ahead to prevent accidents and injuries, and make your entertaining truly enjoyable.
  • Keep electrical appliances a significant distance from the pool. Don't use extension cords. Use a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) on any appliance or electrical device that is used poolside.
  • Use of alcohol or drugs does not mix with pool activities.
  • Games that may appear safe sometimes are not. Encourage and supervise the use of good pool games and toys. Prohibit horseplay, especially throwing or pushing someone into the pool.
  • You have the bottom line responsibility in poolside entertaining. Use good judgment to help protect yourself, your family and guests. If in doubt, prohibit use of the pool by persons whose condition you doubt. Remember, you are in charge of your pool.

 

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

  • Drains, Suction Fittings, and Jets - Current grates and covers help prevent body or hair entrapment. Make sure that drain covers meet the ANSI/ASME A112.19.8M standard. Safety doors should be installed in all pool cleaner wall suction lines. Pools, spas, or hot tubs with drain covers that are broken, missing, or not adequately secured should not be used until the proper replacement has been installed.
  • Ladders, Steps and Handrails - Make sure there are adequate safe-entry and safe-exit methods in both ends of the pool and two sides of the hot tub or spa.
  • Drowning Prevention - Install and routinely inspect fences, self-closing and latching gates, baby barrier fences, and alarms. ASTM standards identify four types of pool alarms: one detects movement of the surface water, one measures sub-surface pressure waves, one monitors the perimeter using a laser, and one is a personal immersion alarm that is locked onto a child's wrist. There are also alarms for doors and gates leading to the pool or hot tub area. Learn CPR. Purchase lockable safety covers that meet the ASTM International F1346-91 (2003) Safety Standard.
  • Water Clarity - Clear water aids in identifying soakers and swimmers in distress, helps swimmers avoid collisions and is an indicator that the sanitizer, circulation, and filtration systems are functioning. Poor water clarity suggests the presence of bacteria and/or algae or nutrients for their growth, and that the circulation and filtration systems may not be working efficiently to remove the contaminants from the water.

 

LINKS TO ADDITIONAL SAFETY INFORMATION

Click on the web sites below to get safety information from other safety and/or pool and spa organizations.

Source: www.Bioguard.com

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