Why Stainless Steel Works for Indoor Swimming Pools
Indoor swimming pools have a wide array of characteristics to choose from. Just today I took a tour of two different health fitness clubs with two very different indoor pools. The first one was intended for leisurely family fun while the other was aligned with swimming lanes for serious, get-in-shape members. One had colorful, posh lights shining upon the water replicating a high-end resort while the family fun one had a no fuss feel. This is the same with these types of pools throughout the private and public sector. There are water parks with indoor wave pools, indoor water slides and light fixtures distinct to a facility proving you can find options suitable to any taste. But one aspect of these indoor pools that was common amongst the two visited facilities (and across the board regardless of the locale) is the room/air temperature.
The air temperature around this type of pool is usually hot, humid and kept that way on purpose to maintain a high level of chemical sanitation. These chemicals are mainly chlorine- based and placed in around the pool area, the sauna sections, showers, change rooms, etc… This is why when building an indoor aquatic facility stainless steel work is the best option. Let me explain.
When manufacturing a swimming facility it is important to remember that water will be mixed with chemicals, humidity and high temperatures. Under such circumstances, certain materials crack and corrode. High temperatures escalate the corrosion process in several metals and humid droplets of water you find in these areas generate cracks within these metals. Additionally, the cleaning and maintenance chemicals used alter the state of materials that come into contact with the water, chemicals and humidity; on the other hand, stainless steel remains intact.
The key to keeping your aquatic facility healthy, clean and durable is to choose good materials for such applications as proved in the text above. 304 and 316 steel work grades are ideal for such environments. There are a few other tips you can instill as well. For instance, make sure the design prevents cracking hazards from occurring. This is important when it comes to stress corrosion. Be certain the facility maintains a strict management upkeep procedure and conducts regularly controlled inspections. Check air temperature and humidity percentages. Verify that weight loads and limits are being adhered to. All of these elements make a difference between running a successful, effective and long-standing facility you and your family may enjoy for years to come versus owning a rundown, unsafe, bacteria-infested place where no one dares to dip his/her toes in it.