Monday, August 7, 2017

Pool RX Explained - Podcast Interview with Fred Schweer of PoolRx

In this Podcast I interview Fred Schweer of PoolRx and he discusses in detail what exactly is PoolRx and how it can benefit you as a pool owner or pool service professional. He covers the uses of PoolRx, how it eliminates algae and frees up your chlorine and goes over some cautions when using the product.

Related Videos:
PoolRx Overview and Use Video: Eliminates and Prevents all Algae:
PoolRx will Solve: Algae Every Week, Constant Low Chlorine Levels, High Phosphates:

PoolRx is a Mineral Technology does two very simple things when used in your pool or spa; it eliminates all algae and will allow you to use less chlorine during the pool season. The active ingredient is Copper Sulphate Pentahydrate (chelated).

What Chelated means is that the metals in the PoolRx have been bonded to form two coordinated bonds similar to what Metal Sequestering Agents do. This means that the Metal Ions will remain in the PoolRx unit with no metal ions being introduced into the pool or spa water. PoolRx is Chelated so the metal ions stay within the PoolRx unit itself.

Make sure that you choose the right size PoolRX unit so that the treatment will be effective. You can place it either in your skimmer or pump basket. When you first insert the unit run your pool for 3-4 hours. Then run it the normal cycle to get at least one full cycle of water from the pool, into the filter and back into the pool again. The PoolRx unit should last 4-6 months.

PoolRx eliminates all algae fast. Even micro algae that you can't see but uses up the chlorine in your pool.

It works effectively in old water that has high TDS, high CYA and high Phosphate levels as well as in new water. See the cautions below if you are using PoolRX with high CYA levels see the caution below. It doesn't matter if your Phosphate level is 10,000, PoolRx will prevent algae growth no matter the Phosphate levels.

PoolRx is ideal for a salt water pools also. It will extend the life of your salt cell as you run the system at a lower output while PoolRx is present in the pool, typically 50% less output. PoolRx minerals also include a de-scaler that will prevent scale from attaching to the salt cell meaning less cleaning of the cell is needed. Also since it is generating less, the pH won't rise as high requiring less acid to be added to the pool.

PoolRx is compatible with just about every product. However, don’t use with copper based algaecides, sodium bromide or bromine. If using with Cal-Hypo, dilute first before adding to pool. I suggest you avoid Cal-Hypo entirely when using PoolRx in your pool.

PoolRx uses proprietary chelating agent that prevents fall out and staining due to pH fluctuation or over oxidation. This means PoolRx is very stable and effective in some of the worst water possible and toughest pool conditions, but there are limits to any product.

Keep your pool in normal chemistry ranges. The recommended range is:
Chlorine 0.5-1.0 ppm
pH 7.2-7.8
Alkalinity 80-120
Cyanuric Acid 10-80

High CYA
If your CYA is above 100, be sure to do an “adjusted alkalinity calculation”. And keep your pH and Alkalinity in normal ranges. PoolRx works in extreme environments with high TDS and where CYA is 150-200+. However, understand that if your CYA is at a saturation point, and water gets out of balance, the CYA can come out of solution. If it does this, the CYA can coagulate the PoolRx minerals, which combined, will show up as a purple dust in the pool. This dust can be brushed up but won’t go away until you reduce CYA levels in the water. Or dust will stick to the scale build up on the surface. Once the CYA levels drop to normal levels the Purple dust will disappear.

Existing copper in water
If you think you have existing copper in your water, from old copper plumbing or an old copper heat exchange that has been leaching copper in the water, or from cheap non chelated copper algaecides, or well water, test for copper first before using PoolRx. You can take a water sample to your local pool store or get some Copper test strips, they actually work pretty well.

If you have under .02ppm of copper in the water, it is OK to use PoolRx. If your copper test reads higher than .02ppm, we recommend using CuLator. Unlike a sequestering agent that only hold metals in solution, CuLator physically pulls metals out of the water. Test every 4-6 months. To learn more about Culator and getting rid of Metals in your pool water see this playlist for a series of videos:

Metal in Your Pool Water:

High TDS, High CYA, overdosing.
If the water is saturated with TDS and CYA or you over dose, the PoolRx minerals won’t have any room to dissolve into solution in the water and will stay in granular form. If this happens the minerals may have to be vacuumed up, and or, they can stick to the scale build up on the surface. If this happens, vac, dilute and get rid of scale. It is important to know your correct pool size so that you get the right size PoolRx unit for your pool.

If you need more information on PoolRx you can visit their website. To order PoolRx today: