Simply put, the best way to destroy the structural integrity of your indoor pool room and the mechanical equipment is to not keep careful watch on your pool water chemistry. That also voids any equipment warranty you have and you now have the high costs of repairs and/or replacement costs. Serious deterioration and corrosion problems occur to all pool dehumidifiers inside and out in very short periods of time.
Fortunately, improper pool chemistry is easy to detect. On the downside, it is usually improperly diagnosed. Even worse, many proposed solutions are just plain bad advice.
One of the most common myths is the assumption that a chlorine smell in your pool room is the result of “too much chlorine” when in fact, that smell tells you that the pool is out of balance and more than likely does not have enough chlorine in the pool. The smell itself is evidence that you have a pool water chemistry imbalance.
That smell is not chlorine at all. It’s actually chloramines, which are created when people enter a pool and bring with them lotions, deodorants, hair spray, perfumes, tanning lotions, urine and feces with “leak proof diapers” used by babies and small children. All of the contaminants carried in by patrons react with the chlorine in the pool producing off-gassing or chloramines resulting in a caustic and corrosive environment. These chloramines are a heavy, “sticky” and corrosive substance which destroy everything—the equipment, anything metal within the structure, and even human health.
The effects to humans show up in the form of skin irritation, respiratory problems, and a long list of other ailments, some very serious (causes asthma, lifeguard lung, etc). The effects to the structural integrity of your pool room are usually slower in their maturity but fast in visual evidence. The effects in your pool room dehumidification equipment materialize rather quickly. The pictures shown here are a completely nonfunctional system less than four years old…and it’s stainless steel!
It is critically important for you to realize the damage caused by poor pool chemistry is not an air quality or equipment issue. It is a water quality issue. Therefore, equipment warranties do NOT cover it. Your mechanical contractor cannot fix the problem and they are not responsible for it. Bringing in more outside air does not control pool chemistry (dilution is not the solution).
Again, this is water quality issue but it can become an air quality issue. It is entirely your responsibility as a pool owner to be informed and control water quality. No dehumidification or HVAC system can do that for you.
We want to help by emphasizing the importance of pool chemistry and providing the resources you need to be accurately informed. We want you to use these resources for the benefit and enjoyment of everyone—you so you keep your costs and maintenance minimal, and your pool users so the pool room environment is healthy and pleasant and fulfills the purpose of having it.
Here are some key Design Guideline Bulletins on pool chemistry: