One of the most exciting additions to any hotel stay is an indoor pool, but you’ve probably also been unpleasantly surprised by the smell of chlorine that seems to smack swimmers in the face as soon as you enter the pool area. The smell lingers on your clothes, towels and skin long after your swim. That exact smell is a byproduct of the chemical reaction between chlorine and the chemicals swimmers emit while in the pool. This chemical reaction then leads to the production of chloramines in the pool water which become trapped in the indoor pool space. These chloramines can cause eye irritation and potential respiratory illnesses for those exposed to the gas for long periods of time. These same gases also can contribute to the degradation and corrosion of all of the metal objects in the pool area such as ladders, rails, door hinges, etc. The good news is that Genco Pools —along with Hayward® — has a fix for it.
Genco Pools and Spas is using ultraviolet lights in indoor pools to cut down on both the amount of chlorine needed and the creations of these nuisance chloramines to ultimately keep the water safe for swimmers by up to 50% or more. The reduction of chloramines nearly eliminates that smell and the negative health effects that come from it. “The smell comes from chemical byproduct left over when chlorine reacts with swimmers in the pool,” says Ryan Glorioso, Commercial Aquatics Specialist of the Southeast at Hayward® “You can often smell the indoor pool from the lobby. If that gas is inhaled constantly, it can cause mild and serious respiratory illnesses.”
In addition to improving the air quality around the pool, UV lights also make the water safer than chlorine alone. “Using UV lights in addition to chlorine kills virtually all bacteria and water-borne illnesses in indoor pools,” says Todd Edwards, Director of Sales and Business Development at Genco. “It speeds up the rate at which these bacteria are killed, so swimmers can trust that the water is safe and sanitary.”
The UV system, in addition to chlorine, actually creates three levels of defense against bacteria and water-borne illnesses.
“The maintenance for UV lights is a bare minimum. It’s much easier than chlorine maintenance, and for the average indoor pool, it’s a fairly inexpensive investment.”
– Todd Edwards, Genco Pools & Spas
“We use a dual-wavelength UV light,” says Glorioso. “The lower wavelength is the perfect wavelength for the creation of ozone, which is a more potent oxidizer than chlorine or bromine. The higher wavelength is perfect for creating the UV light, breaking down bacteria and preventing them from reproducing.”
The third level of defense is the creation of hydroxyl radicals, which are the second most potent oxidizer in the world and the most powerful disinfectants allowed in pools. Altogether, the trifecta kills more than 99.9% of bacteria and water-borne illnesses.
Many commercial pools are now required to have a secondary disinfecting system, and the cutting-edge technology of UV doesn’t break the bank. Cutting chlorine use nearly in half saves pool managers significantly over the long-term. Todd Edwards says, “the maintenance for UV lights is a bare minimum. It’s much easier than chlorine maintenance, and for the average indoor pool, it’s a fairly inexpensive investment.”
Swimmers’ safety is at the top of Genco’s priority list, and Hayward® is helping them provide confidence and convenience to their luxury pools in the Upstate. Genco is adding top-notch technology to their state-of-the-art designs to keep swimmers cool outside in the summer, wet inside in the winter and safe all year-round.