The Pool – To Automate or Not to Automate

The Pool – To Automate or Not to Automate

Posted By: Gavin Published: 10/12/2018 Times Read: 181 Comments: 0

Being a responsible pool owner requires a considerable amount of work and is even recognised as a full time job in many spas. There are daily testings, weekly testings, biocide addition, cleaning filters and various other pool maintenance tasks to perform. These are all vital jobs to ensure the safety and comfort of your bathers and swimmers.

In comes the automated swimming pool. Also known as a self-dosing or auto-dosing system, these modern machines can be installed within your existing pool. In short, it will automate jobs such as measuring and adding in biocides to your exact requirements. The only weekly maintenance these systems require is a calibration to ensure it doses to the correct level.

 

What is a self-dosing machine?

It is an electronic system that consistently and automatically checks your pool chemical levels. According to your instructions, it will dose the pool with the appropriate quantity of chemicals needed to keep the water within an ideal range. These systems are made up of an electronic control system and a chemical feeder (also known as a chemical dosing pump).

The control system tests your pool water at regular intervals for the chemical levels it was designed for. This can be used to return results for biocide levels, pH and Total Alkalinity. A chemical dispenser can be used  for solid chemicals while a dosing pump is included for liquids.

These self-dosing systems will improve the efficiency and easy of your pool maintenance. They are an investment purchase, costing between several hundred and several thousand pounds. Ordinarily, these systems are developed between a spa and a professional to help build the ideal system for your needs. Some can be configured to send a text message regarding your pool levels and alert a repair company of required maintenance.

There are a number of Pros and Cons when it comes to owning a self-dosing pool system:

 

PROS

                     Easy to use

      Continuous monitoring of pool water

      Lower costs for pool chemicals

      Increased health and safety levels

 

CONS 

      Large initial costs (including purchase and installation)

      Not entirely hands free – requires weekly calibration


If you have any questions or would like more information about self-dosing systems, please feel free to contact us. If you already utilise a self dosing system we would love to provide you with the chemicals you need to keep your pool in top condition. Please browse our range of high-quality and affordable products here today. 

Tags: poolchemicals, pooltesting, autodosing, selfdosing, cleanwater, watersafety

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