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Old 05-02-2021, 03:58 PM   #1
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Default Should we go UV Filter/Chlorine or just Chlorine

They are about to start the dig on our pool. The UV light filter is an option for us..we don't want salt. Just trying to figure out if we should only do Chlorine or add the UV filtration system. They are offering at the same price but need to know soon which way to go.

I keep hearing about chlorine shortages and chlorine prices increasing so both systems use Chlorine, one just less if it.

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Old 05-02-2021, 04:04 PM   #2
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I recently heard about UV systems also and my pool just got tile.


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Old 05-02-2021, 04:08 PM   #3
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We have the UV system with chlorine and haven’t had any issues. It monitors when balance of off like after heavy rains and kicks on.

Disclaimer is we haven’t had ours very long and am a rookie at all of this for what it’s worth. I really trusted our sales guy and he steered me out of things we didn’t need or have to have but he was pretty adamant about us having one installed.
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Old 05-02-2021, 05:12 PM   #4
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We have the UV system with chlorine and havenít had any issues. It monitors when balance of off like after heavy rains and kicks on.

Disclaimer is we havenít had ours very long and am a rookie at all of this for what itís worth. I really trusted our sales guy and he steered me out of things we didnít need or have to have but he was pretty adamant about us having one installed.
I'm also a rookie. My pool guy said the bulb is around 1500 or so to replace and it should last around 5-7 years I believe. But if it works like its supposed to I wouldn't mind having this system.

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Old 05-02-2021, 05:13 PM   #5
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I recently heard about UV systems also and my pool just got tile.


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You have any updated pics of yours..I think I remember the pool dig pics.

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Old 05-02-2021, 08:39 PM   #6
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They are about to start the dig on our pool. The UV light filter is an option for us..we don't want salt. Just trying to figure out if we should only do Chlorine or add the UV filtration system. They are offering at the same price but need to know soon which way to go.

I keep hearing about chlorine shortages and chlorine prices increasing so both systems use Chlorine, one just less if it.

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Definitely go UV combo. It reduces the use of chlorine tremendously.
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Old 05-02-2021, 08:48 PM   #7
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You have any updated pics of yours..I think I remember the pool dig pics.

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Old 05-02-2021, 09:10 PM   #8
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Definitely go UV combo. It reduces the use of chlorine tremendously.
Thanks bro. We are doing the same.

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Old 05-03-2021, 12:23 PM   #9
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If they will do it for the same price, I would definitely have the UV system installed. My cost on a Residential Bioshield UV is around $600 not installed. They make a noticeable difference.
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Old 05-03-2021, 02:34 PM   #10
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If they will do it for the same price, I would definitely have the UV system installed. My cost on a Residential Bioshield UV is around $600 not installed. They make a noticeable difference.
That's not too bad. He told us as long as we make the change now it's not a problem. I told him yesterday we wanted to switch to the UV system.

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Old 05-03-2021, 02:55 PM   #11
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I just learned there is a chlorine shortage, couldn't find any on amazon or walmart, luckily local pool store still has 50lb tubs but double what it was last year. That being said, UV might be a real plus this summer.
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Old 05-03-2021, 03:08 PM   #12
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I just learned there is a chlorine shortage, couldn't find any on amazon or walmart, luckily local pool store still has 50lb tubs but double what it was last year. That being said, UV might be a real plus this summer.
There is a shortage of almost everything related to pools. The chlorine shortage started last year. Pentair, Hayward, and Jandy are all on serious backorder for many things. We only use Pentair... and heaters, certain valves, certain lights, EasyTouch Controls, etc are taking forever for distributors to get. The manufacturers are WAY behind the demand right now. I ordered 18 complete Pentair equipment packages last week and have no idea when I will have them. I have heaters that I ordered 6 weeks ago that I still don't have. We have tried buying heaters in bulk from the west coast and up north and there are none. Plumbers are even having a hard time getting enough pvc pipe to keep up with demand. Things are like the twilight zone right now in the building industry.
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Old 05-03-2021, 03:12 PM   #13
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Better stock up on chlorine, fixen to be a shortage and price is doubling.
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Old 05-03-2021, 03:21 PM   #14
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There is a shortage of almost everything related to pools. The chlorine shortage started last year. Pentair, Hayward, and Jandy are all on serious backorder for many things. We only use Pentair... and heaters, certain valves, certain lights, EasyTouch Controls, etc are taking forever for distributors to get. The manufacturers are WAY behind the demand right now. I ordered 18 complete Pentair equipment packages last week and have no idea when I will have them. I have heaters that I ordered 6 weeks ago that I still don't have. We have tried buying heaters in bulk from the west coast and up north and there are none. Plumbers are even having a hard time getting enough pvc pipe to keep up with demand. Things are like the twilight zone right now in the building industry.
It is crazy, I've got 100 pounds of chlorine and about 20 gallons of liquid, not sure how long that will last me. Keeping my fingers crossed nothing breaks.
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Old 05-03-2021, 03:26 PM   #15
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primary reason for the shortage. BioLab chlorine plant in LC caught fire after Hurricane Laura. I was told it is one of only 2-3 plants in the US that manufactures chlorine



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Old 05-03-2021, 03:28 PM   #16
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I would go with a salt system.

We were "sold" on the Ozone & UV setup. Since we had our pool put in 5 years ago, I have had a set of UV bulbs and one Ozone bulb all replaced under warranty and not one and a half years later had to purchase all three to replace again.

To replace all three of them, with the seals cost around $350. And thats getting lucky to find a deal.

I am coming up on another year and a half. If I have to do it again, I am going to salt.



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Old 05-03-2021, 03:51 PM   #17
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Salt pool owner here, works great when you do your part.

Always ask the class A office buildings how the UV fountains work out for them, all say they are garbage.
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Old 05-03-2021, 03:52 PM   #18
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primary reason for the shortage. BioLab chlorine plant in LC caught fire after Hurricane Laura. I was told it is one of only 2-3 plants in the US that manufactures chlorine



Yep. It's put a big dent in the supply chain.
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Old 05-03-2021, 11:06 PM   #19
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I would go with a salt system.



We were "sold" on the Ozone & UV setup. Since we had our pool put in 5 years ago, I have had a set of UV bulbs and one Ozone bulb all replaced under warranty and not one and a half years later had to purchase all three to replace again.



To replace all three of them, with the seals cost around $350. And thats getting lucky to find a deal.



I am coming up on another year and a half. If I have to do it again, I am going to salt.







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Talked to my pool builder today and he said stay away from UV so I agreed.


My pool guy is a big salt water guy but I refuse to do it. Growing up in the coast I know what salt water does to metal.

I wrapped my garage in metal and itís 7 feet from my pool.




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Old 05-04-2021, 06:36 AM   #20
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Yeah, definitely going to be hard to find it....I'd read about the plant in Louisiana before I started this thread. Crazy times


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