The first thing that strikes you about a swimming pool is always the aesthetics. The shape of the pool, the water’s feel and color, its temperature – these are often the only things that register as you get ready for a dip. What often goes completely unnoticed is the complex chemical architecture that goes into making your pool experience a relaxing and nourishing one.

Making sure a pool’s chemical balance is flawless is partly the job of a chemical feeder. This article takes a deep dive into the importance of having a professional properly maintain and service your chemical feeders and how that contributes to a refreshing pool experience.

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Understanding Chemical Feeders

Chemical feeders are integral to maintaining the chemical balance of pool water. They work in tandem with chemical controllers, which constantly monitor water Chemical feeders work hand in hand with chemical controllers to ensure a controlled and consistent chemical distribution for water safety and clarity

Advanced Technology in Chemical Feeders

Modern chemical feeders represent a cutting-edge fusion of automation, efficiency, and smart technology. A standout feature of the latest chemical feeders is automated monitoring systems. These systems continuously analyze the pool’s chemical composition and adjust the feed rate accordingly to ensure an always-perfect balance. This level of automation minimizes human error and maintains consistent water quality.

Another game-changing advancement in chemical feeders is the integration of remote control capabilities. With this, pool maintenance managers or homeowners can use a smartphone or computer to monitor their pool’s chemical levels from anywhere. This remote access adds convenience and allows immediate response to changes in the pool’s chemical needs.

If you are lucky enough to have one, the smart integration of chemical feeders takes pool maintenance to a whole new level. Chemical feeders can now be integrated into broader pool maintenance systems to allow seamless communication between different components like filters, heaters, and pumps. This holistic approach ensures all aspects of pool maintenance work in tandem, optimizing overall efficiency and reducing the likelihood of component failures.

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The Necessity of Preventive Maintenance

Preventive maintenance of chemical feeders is critical. This routine care helps avoid several potential problems:

  • Improper Feeding: Without regular maintenance, feeders can distribute chemicals unevenly, leading to imbalanced water.
  • Disruption of Flow and Clogs: Over time, chemical feeders can become clogged and disrupt the flow of chemicals into the pool.
  • Chemical Leaks: Clogs and pressure buildup can lead to leaks in the chemical lines, posing safety hazards and equipment damage.

Annual Component Replacement

A key aspect of chemical feeder maintenance is the annual replacement of certain parts:

  • Pump Tube, Check Valves, and Injectors: These components should be replaced every spring before a pool is reponed. The mixture of chlorine and water tends to create calcium buildup, leading to clogs.
  • Tubing Inspection: Annually check the tubing. If it’s turning white or hardening, replace it to prevent leaks.
  • Pump Tube Care: The pump tube inside the unit can flatten over time, hindering flow and increasing the risk of leaks. It’s advisable to replace the pump tube yearly for optimal performance.

Specific Maintenance for Different Feeders

Different brands and types of chemical feeders have specific maintenance requirements:

  • Rolachem Feeders: For Rola-Chem pump tubes, lubrication before installation is essential.
  • Stenner and Blue and White Feeders: These feeders do not require lubrication like Rola-Chem but still need regular checks and maintenance.

Why Maintenance is Critical

Regular maintenance of chemical feeders is crucial for several reasons:

  • Safety: Properly functioning feeders ensure the pool water remains safe by accurately dispensing chemicals.
  • Efficiency: Well-maintained feeders operate more efficiently, saving time and reducing the need for manual interventions.
  • Longevity of Equipment: Regular maintenance extends the lifespan of the feeders, preventing premature wear and tear.
  • Cost-Effective: Proactive maintenance can prevent costly breakdowns and emergency repairs.
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Tortorella’s Expertise in Pool Maintenance

With over 40 years of experience in the pool industry, Tortorella’s AutoChem division brings unparalleled expertise to pool chemicals and controls, while Tortorella’s pool maintenance team brings exceptional service and maintenance to the table. Both divisions’ commitment to excellence ensures every commercial pool under its care reflects the highest standards of safety, efficiency, and quality.

A Commitment to Excellence

Proper maintenance and servicing of chemical feeders are integral to the health and longevity of commercial swimming pools. By following the guidelines outlined in this article and leveraging the expertise of Tortorella’s AutoChem and Maintenance divisions, operators can ensure their pools remain a safe, clean, and enjoyable environment. This commitment to excellence in maintenance sets Tortorella apart in the industry, ensuring every pool we service is a testament to our dedication to quality and safety.