GENERAL POOL FAQs

  • WHAT DOES A SALT GENERATOR ACTUALLY DO?
Swimming in a mild saline solution is much like taking a shower in soft water. Generally, when people swim in a non-chlorine generator pool (a pool with no salt water in it) they feel like their skin dries quicker upon exiting the pool. They may feel and/or see a whitish residual, chlorine flaking, on the skin. In a salt-water pool (one with a chlorine generator) the water feels smooth, your skin feels smooth and many people feel more refreshed.
  • What Does a Chlorine Generator Do?
It’s main function is to produce chlorine for the pool so you do not have to buy it, store it or handle it. These are big advantages for many pool owners. Chlorine generators, when functioning correctly, produce chlorine constantly (when the pump is running) with most units. This keeps a residual of chlorine in the pool that prevents algae from growing. The secret is keeping the cell free of calcium and mineral deposits–the cell itself is made up of precious metals-it must be maintained so it can continue to make chlorine.

Through the process of electrolysis, water passing over the chlorine generator cell produces chlorine that is instantaneously transformed into Hypochlorous acid. When any type of chlorine is added to water it all makes the same thing: Hypochlorous acid. It does not matter if it is Sodium Hypochlorite (liquid chlorine), Tri-chlor and Di-chlor or Lithium based, Cal-hypo or even gas chlorine–it all makes Hypochlorous acid. Hypochlorous acid is the active sanitizer; this is what kills algae and other harmful stuff in the water. Its effectiveness is totally predicated on balanced water conditions and, more importantly, proper pH. So, with a salt water system, you still must maintain your water balance (pool chemistry) properly. As long as you do this, a chlorine generator is a good choice.

This can be added to a pool along with a salt generator to further reduce the chlorine for those customers that are under the misconception that salt generators completely get rid of all chlorine. As you know, salt generators only produce the needed chlorine in a different way but there will always have to be chlorine in pools.

  • HOW OZONATORS WORK
How to use an ozonator, to help sanitize a pool? Ozone (O3) is a form of Oxygen (O2) and is a powerful oxidizing agent that can control microorganisms, destroy organic contamination, byproduct build ups, dead algae and organic debris. It is not a complete sanitizer in the truest sense, because it does not remain in the water for long periods of time. In a swimming pool, there must be a backup sanitizer such as, chlorine or bromine, usually at about 1/2 the normal level. Because the ozonator does most of the oxidizing, far less chlorine or bromine will be required to maintain any given level. Ozonators, also known as Ozone Generators, can greatly reduce the quantity of the backup sanitizer that would, otherwise, be required. This is especially important in larger pools, heavy bather usage situations and commercial pools. The devices that generate Ozone fall into two categories: UV or Corona discharge. Commercial pools, larger residential pools or heavy bather load pools should utilize a corona-discharge unit, as it is capable of producing larger amounts of ozone. With ozonation, the water chemistry should be maintained in the typical manner.


POOL FAQ (owner builder)

  • Question from homeowner? I was going to do an owner builder pool. Does it save lots of money?
Below are a few things to consider before making your decision:

Outlet Exteriors builds about 150+ pools every year. Our pricing is calculated for a 10% net profit. This is far below industry standard. Due to our volume we can maintain this. Best pool, best price, Guaranteed. It’s clear and simple.

When building your pool we build numerous stages in house to cut costs as much as possible. The items we sub out are to subs that we have a 20+ year business relationship with. Outlet Exteriors has negotiated the absolute best price with all subs. This negotiated price is based on the massive volume of business we give our vendors and sub-contractors.

When a homeowner calls a sub-contractor to have 1 stage of the multiple stages of a pool build completed, each sub is going to give you the retail price. No matter what they tell you or how great of a deal they say they are giving you. You will end up paying far more than Outlet Exteriors will. You will also always be pushed to the back of the line. This is based on many reasons.

  1. The volume of work Outlet Exteriors gives our subs
  2. Subsknow working with Outlet Exteriors on scheduling in and out of the job is down to a science.
  3. The knowledge of 20+ years refining our build process makes it easy for our subs to move in and out of the project seamlessly.
  4. Outlet Exteriors plans are engineered professionally at a proven pool engineering firm and the design is assured to be sound.
  5. The list goes on for reasons a homeowner will have a hard time dealing with the numerous stages of a pool build, above are just a few.

Outlet Exteriors also commands an extremely high level of workmanship. We have chosen not to work with numerous subs due to the quality of their work. It took many many years to weed out the countless bad seeds in the pool build industry but they are still out there working away every day. Be very careful if you choose the owner builder route and keep the above facts in mind.

Some results of building an owner builder over letting Outlet Exteriors build your pool project are listed below.

  1. Each sub will mark up there price 30 or even 40% which is industry standard to homeowners (or even a so called friend that says he can manage your owner builder) just due to the additional work involved. Don’t be fooled you will pay more for an owner builder than a Outlet Exteriors pool. It is a fact.
  2. Your pool will take far longer due to always being put at the back of the line.
  3. Subs will 100% not maintain the high level of workmanship Outlet Exteriors demands because they know that you (The homeowner) do not really know what you are looking at upon each stage.
  4. If you can’t answer every single one of the following questions you should not attempt an owner builder:
    • Is the gunite thick enough for a sound shell?
    • How thick should it be? What is the psi of the shotcrete
    • What is the gauge of the steel used
    • What schedule pipe was used on the plumbing?
    • What should a plumber use on a 400 gallon pool?
    • How about a larger 1000 Gallon pool?
    • Is it ok to run my pool and my water feature off 1 pump
    • Howmany items can my electric panel control?
    • How deep does the electrical and plumbing trenches need to be
    • What is city code on drainage, perimeter walls and pool alarms
    • How many city code compliance inspections do I need and when?

These are just a few of the questions you need to know the answers too. Subs will not tell you the answers and have no interest in the next stage of your pool. They will come in, do their part and leave.

Let Outlet Exteriors build your pool for the fact it will cost you less and be a better build. It just makes sense. Call us today for a free design and estimate. Hope to see you soon
Call us at (702)-839-LAWN (5296)