Pool ionizers use mineral levels of copper, iron and ions to maintain a clean and clear pool. The ionizer is usually used as an alternative to keep the pool cleaner to other traditional cleaning methods, such as chemicals. However, the ionizer is not free of problems. With the right techniques, you can overcome the issues you face.
Turbid water is a common problem seen in pools that use ionizers. This is used to clean the water in the pool but can not do it alone. The only way to prevent the water from becoming cloudy is with chlorine shock treatments once a week. This chlorine shock should clean the cloudy water, leaving it shiny. This can be caused by low copper levels, dirty pump filters or by not placing the ionizer enough time. If your pool is cloudy even after the shock treatment, try turning on the pool ionizer one more hour per day.
Colored water is usually caused by an imbalance of mineral in the pool, such as too much copper or iron. If the water has blue, green or red spots, there are different causes. The copper level can be very high. The copper level should be lowered to .3ppm (this could take several weeks). The pH of the water could be very high. This should be between 7.2 and 7.6. You should also give more chlorine shock to the pool. If you give them once a week, try to do it twice.
Different factors can cause the algae. The copper levels in the pool can be very low. This is usually arranged by using the ionizer and pump for eight hours per day. Uncommon chlorine shocks can cause algae growth. Make a shock in the pool once or twice a week. You can also use an algaecide that has no copper base to kill them.
Prevention / Solution
These problems with the ionizer can be solved easily. The best way to prevent them is to follow the operating instructions outlined in your manual. Operate the ionizer for eight hours a day and shock the pool with chlorine once a week. If you do, the ionizer will have little trouble keeping the pool clean.
If the pool has black or brown spots, this can be caused by high levels of minerals (such as iron) or by insufficient levels of chlorine. The best way to solve this is to add a stain remover to the water. The ionizer is switched off for a week and instantaneous ionizers are added after the week has passed.