“Tea Leafing” of Rubber Solar Heating
The recent frosts in Victoria have resulted in an unusually higher proportion of “tea leafing” rubber solar systems over this winter period. “Tea leafing” is the term used for rubber solar systems that are in the process of breaking down and flush oily black particles back into the pool water. This degradation of the solar tubing is caused by chlorine resistant microbes living off the organic compounds used to make rubber solar collectors. Colder conditions cause larger than usual quantities of degraded rubber particles to break away into the water stream.
Under normal conditions small amounts of tea leafing usually go unnoticed. When we have frost situations however, the dumping of the carbon black is greater than normal due to contraction and expansion and suddenly more noticeable as “tea leaves” or “soot” in the bottom of the pool.
Unfortunately there is no chemical fix for this issue. The only fix is replacement of the entire collector. Replacement materials fitted by Poolside Beaconsfield will never tea leaf, so you can be assured that this issue can be rectified and not occur in the future.
If you have noticed tea leafing in your pool or wish to have solar heating installed contact us on 9769 3252 for a quote.