Stainless Steel is one of the most environmentally responsible materials used in manufacturing today. At the end of its very long life cycle, a Stainless Steel Vessel will be 100% recyclable. The self-healing layer on the metals surface eliminates environmentally hazardous protective coatings.
Stainless steel is a material that does not age; its appearance does not deteriorate. Its corrosion resistance is based upon the formation of a self-healing passive protective layer on the material’s surface. Subject to compliance with simple instructions that ensure the conservation of this protective layer, the material offers exceptional natural longevity and experience proves that this can be at least 40 years.
The observance of simple rules from the project design stage contributes greatly to its longevity:
The choice of pool and equipment design is critical. It must not under any circumstances promote the creation of deposition or accumulation zones, liable to act as corrosion initiation sites. It is recommended that only closed sections be used, avoiding sharp edges in favour of rounded corners, and that joins/welds be processed accordingly;
It is essential that stainless steel parts exposed to aerosol and water splashes remain easily accessible by technicians during maintenance operations.
Stainless Steel demands minimum maintenance compared to other finish materials and significantly less chemical cleaners and treatments are required. Stainless Steel Swimming Pools will not only out last comparable aquatic vessels but are far superior to concrete shells too. It is important, however, to ensure surfaces are cleaned in a meticulous manner, particularly with regard to non-immersed parts and those located at the water/air interface, which maybe exposed to a more corrosive environment eg: as they dry, water splashes from the pool can result in the creation of zones with a high concentration of chloride ions, often corrosion initiation sites, on the surface of these parts. Daily freshwater rinsing of all these items makes it possible to prevent the development of ochre or brown discolouration.
When localised stains appear on the immersed metal, they must be removed promptly. Only products suitable for the maintenance of Stainless Steel surfaces should be used. In particular, the following chlorine based everyday maintenance products must not be used: