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BioGuard Mineral Springs, Beginnings, Renewal, salt chlorine, saline chlorination, electrolysis


FAQ's regarding BioGuard® Mineral Springs® vs. all other electrolytic saline generation systems.

Let's separate the FACT from the fiction...

BioGuard Mineral Springs Beginnings & Renewal1. BioGuard® Mineral Springs® is a Pool Care SystemYes, there are other electrolytic generators out on the market, however, the BioGuard® Mineral Springs® System gives you more.  More proven technology, proprietary & patented products that are not available anywhere else.  Plus you have the assurance that it's a quality BioGuard® product.  Where did the other guys get their salt from?

2. Electrolytic Generation is not the same.  BioGuard® went to great lengths in perfecting this fabulous technology.  They found the right manufacturer of the electronics.  After several years of field trials and homeowner and dealer feedback, BioGuard® specifically blended Mineral Springs® Beginnings� and Renewal� to provide certain functions for the overall performance of the product and for your personal satisfaction. They didn't just throw salt in the water!

3. What is electrolytic generation anyway?  Electrolytic generation is the taking of salts and/or minerals present or added to swimming pool water, passing those dissolved minerals through an electrical field and thereby transforming them, by breaking down and reforming the molecules into highly active HOCl (hypochlorous acid); the most widely used, strongest & preferred swimming pool sanitizer.

4. Then what's the difference between BioGuard® Mineral Springs®  and the others?  What makes BioGuard® Mineral Springs® special?  Here are the characteristics of typical electrolytic generation:

  • constant pH imbalance; pH tends to drift toward the high or scaling end causing a constant use of acid to lower the pH

  • heavy scale formation on the electrical cells; due to the high pH and abundance of minerals; cells therefore have a relatively short life of 3 to 5 years

  • the HOCl (hypochlorous acid) that is formed is UNSTABLE; the sun's UV light destroys the HOCl causing you to have to generate more and therefore use more minerals or salts

  • the pool water becomes aggressive or corrosive causing a shortened life of ALL the pool equipment and pool surfaces, even vinyl liners

  • cheap or cheaper salt (NOT BioGuard® Mineral Springs® Beginnings) contain much higher levels of iron and potentially other metals that will result in staining of the pool surfaces, including vinyl liners

  • generic salt DOES NOT CONTAIN: Stabilizers, pH buffers, Total Alkalinity buffers, boron salts (highly effective in preventing algae PLUS it makes the water feel softer), scale inhibitors (prevents scale build-up on the electrolytic cell), stain inhibitors, filter aids

  • NON Mineral Springs pools should be routinely shocked with chlorine and have algicide added at least bi-weekly for optimum performance.

Non Mineral Springs® Chemical Kits, click here

Here are the characteristics of BioGuard® Mineral Springs®  electrolytic generation:

  • pH fluctuation is greatly controlled by its patented, proprietary blend of minerals in its Beginnings� and Renewal� products.

  • pH and Total Alkalinity buffers are blended into the Beginnings� and Renewal� products

  • Scale inhibiting chelants are blended into Beginnings� and Renewal� products helping to keep the electrolytic cell "clean"

  • "clean" cells last about double the life when compared to "non-Mineral Springs" systems

  • Water is clearer thanks to blended in water clarifiers and filter aids in the Renewal� product

  • Algae is controlled better, almost thoroughly, due to the blending of boron salts and Optimizer Plus® in the Beginnings� and Renewal� products

  • staining is virtually eliminated due to the high quality and purity of the salts and minerals used

  • built-in stabilizers in the Beginnings� and Renewal� products prevent the sun's UV rays from destroying the effective HOCl

  • even softer feeling water thanks to the special, proprietary blend of the Beginnings� and Renewal� products

  • BioGuard® Mineral Springs®   DOES CONTAIN: Stabilizers, pH buffers, Total Alkalinity buffers, boron salts (highly effective in preventing algae PLUS it makes the water feel softer), scale inhibitors (prevents scale build-up on the electrolytic cell), stain inhibitors, filter aids

  • BioGuard® Mineral Springs®  control unit automatically cleans its electrolytic cell every one hundred minutes of operation, the other brands?

  • Renewal� goes into the water with a fresh scent!

  • simple "one touch of a button" control to shock your pool providing virtually NO downtime

  • NO NEED for shocking or additional algicide

5. Doesn't the pool water have a salty taste?  Maybe if you're super-sensitive to the taste of salt, however here are the facts.  Typical ocean water has a salt/mineral content of about 35,000 ppm.  The tears in your eyes have a typical salt/mineral content of about 7,000 ppm.  A typical Mineral Springs® treated pool has a mineral content of only about 3,000 ppm!  That's less than one-tenth the minerals in the ocean!

These are the reasons that the BioGuard® Mineral Springs® Pool Care System stands head & shoulders above any other electrolytic generation process out in the United States swimming pool market.  These are the reasons that our customers rave about the reliability and ease of the product.  These are the reasons why we say:

One Product  (Renewal®); Once each week; No Algae; No Cloudiness; No Kidding!

Remember: ALWAYS use a Sacrificial Anode System to combat any stray electricity in the pool which will cause staining & excess corrosion.

Learn more about Mineral Springs® Start up procedures (new window)

Here's how it works!

Here's how to convert a Salt pool to Mineral Springs®

Here's how to Buy Mineral Springs!

Mineral Springs MS10 Manual

Mineral Spring MS20 Manual


Level (ppm)

Required number of BAGS of BioGuard® Mineral Springs® Beginnings®
to raise mineral level to 3000 ppm

Pool Size - Gallons

6000 8000 10,000 12,000 14,000 16,000 18,000 20,000 24,000 28,000 32,000
0 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 24 28 32
200 6 7 9 11 13 15 17 18 22 26 30
400 5 7 9 10 12 14 16 18 20 24 28
600 5 6 8 10 11 13 14 16 19 22 26
800 4 6 7 9 10 12 13 14 18 20 24
1000 4 5 7 8 9 11 12 13 16 18 22
1200 4 5 6 7 8 10 11 12 14 15 20
1400 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 10 12 14 18
1600 3 4 5 6 7 7 8 9 11 13 15
1800 2 3 4 5 6 6 7 8 10 12 14
2000 2 3 3 4 5 5 6 7 8 11 12
2200 2 2 3 3 4 4 5 6 6 8 8
2400 1 2 2 2 3 3 4 5 4 6 6
2600 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 3 4 4 7
2800 0.5 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2
3000 ideal ideal ideal ideal ideal ideal ideal ideal ideal ideal ideal
3200 ok ok ok ok ok ok ok ok ok ok ok
3400 ok ok ok ok ok ok ok ok ok ok ok
3600 + dilute dilute dilute dilute dilute dilute dilute dilute dilute dilute dilute

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