|June 22, 2011
All Mineral Springs®
From: Ron Parrs, President
Re: Special Operating Concerns
The 2011 swimming season is off
to a very interesting & wet start, especially in the eastern part of the US. Many areas of the country have seen in excess of 10
inches of rain over the past 3 to 4 weeks.
This great amount of precipitation raises several concerns that you need
to be aware of as a Mineral Springs®
& frequent fluctuations in the mineral level.
One week you will see a mineral level of 3100, the next, it could be
down to 2700 or lower. Excessive
rainwater has diluted & driven down the mineral level.
A couple of our customers have told us of fluctuations of up to 1,000
ppm or more over a 3-week period. When
the mineral level goes below 2700, Beginnings™ must be added to restore a
mineral level above 3000. Mineral
levels under 2300 will cause the unit to not produce a sanitizer.
Salt can also be used to raise the mineral level, however, please be
aware that “common pool salt” will NOT maintain the borate level
required for Mineral Springs®,
nor does it contain the necessary chelants & other products
specifically formulated to prevent scale build-up on the Turbo Cell &
therefore a shorter life of the Mineral Springs®
unit. Attached you will find a
chart denoting the proper number of bags of Mineral Springs Beginnings to
rain will adversely affect the pool’s water chemistry.
After heavy rains, be sure to correct any fluctuations in pH, Total
Alkalinity, Calcium Hardness and Borate level.
Your water’s chemistry should be in the following ranges:
pH – 7.4 to 7.6; Total Alkalinity – 80 to 150 ppm; Calcium
Hardness – 200 to 400 pm; Borates – 50 to 80 ppm.
These are the optimal operating ranges for a Mineral Springs pool.
major concern that we have in 2003 is a problem known as Chlorine Demand.
Excessive rain, misapplied fertilizers (inadvertently) as well as ANY
dissolved and un-dissolved, organic or inorganic material or debris WILL
contribute to chlorine demand (essentially anything going into the water). What is happening is the Mineral Springs unit is working
like crazy to produce enough sanitizer to reach a breakpoint.
Until then, high levels of chloramines will build up until proper
“shocking” breaks the demand. In
the meantime, minerals are being expended trying to satisfy this demand.
Your mineral level DECREASES.
is what you can do to keep yourself sane!
your mineral level weekly ONLY. You
will drive yourself crazy watching it daily.
your water in balance. Bring in
a one Quart sample monthly so that we can help you monitor your pool &
its essential chemistry levels.
Mineral Springs Renewal™ WEEKLY. One
pound per 5,000 gallons directly in the pool.
Renewal helps keep the mineral level up (except with heavy rain) plus
its proprietary blend keeps the Turbo Cell clean & operating properly.
Do not neglect this step.
the unit on “BOOST” at least once a week to properly “shock” the
pool & alleviate a potential Chlorine Demand. You can learn more about Chlorine
Demand at our website under the Pool Care section.
that you are not alone. Anyone
with an open pool is going through a tougher time than you!
Regardless of the type of sanitizer being used in the pool.
every 6 weeks, “reset” the unit by switching it from “AUTO” to
“BOOST” then to “OFF”. Let
it sit for about 1 minute, then turn it back on to “AUTO”.
This information was assembled
through discussions with BioGuard and Hayward/Goldline Controls (the manufacturer of the
Mineral Springs unit). Thank you
for your attention. Thank you for
your trust in Par Pool & Spa and my staff.
Thank you for your business. All
of us are on a very steep learning curve. Keep
smiling. I know it’s frustrating,
I have a pool too! Once the sun
comes out, life will be much easier.