Apparatus for Maintaining Pool or Spa Full Level- Staypoollizer
1. A water replenishing device comprising:
- a) All plastic hollow tubing support structure having straight tubes, elbows, a Tee, a cross connection and sealing caps.b) Several non-skid plastic wraps and weighted material.c) A liquid flow control apparatus having a housing, a liquid buoyant float and a rubber type seal.d) A custom engineered water supply connection that attaches to aforementioned liquid flow control apparatus.
A water control device having all elements designed or modified specifically for the corrosive environments of chlorinated and salted water, to include the supplemental actions of UV radiation and thermal cycling. The device composes a support structure designed to fixture itself at any meeting point of the deck and water retaining wall of a pool or spa. The support structure section that contacts the deck is weighted and encompasses anti-skid material at various contact point. The prior mentioned section also contains attached geometry at back end as to retain stability from side to side rotation and to adapt to different configurations of deck and wall construction. The front of the structure contains a member pointing downwards into the water. This downward pointing member communicates with a sliding component that has attached to it a water control assembly. The water control is based on a mechanical float cut-off action and utilizes a continuous water supply.
- 1. A water replenishing device comprising:
a) All plastic hollow tubing support structure having straight tubes, elbows, a Tee, a cross connection and sealing caps. b) Several non-skid plastic wraps and weighted material. c) A liquid flow control apparatus having a housing, a liquid buoyant float and a rubber type seal. d) A custom engineered water supply connection that attaches to aforementioned liquid flow control apparatus.
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This non-provisional application filing is a continuation-in-part of a provisional application No. 62/751,687 filed on Oct. 28, 2018, which has a current confirmed status. The inventor hereby claim benefit under Title 35, United States Code, Section 119(e).
The present invention relates to an apparatus for the swimming pool and spa industry. The mechanically actuated device maintains a pre-determined pool water level, whereby when actuated; it replaces the water that is loss due to evaporation, leaks, splash-outs and other water loss events. Low water levels can cause serious damage to pool water recirculating and sanitizing sub-systems. Manual replenishing of loss water is overly inconvenient and requires constant monitoring over what can be long periods to achieve the proper fill level—an overall tedious and aggravating task. The aforementioned device utilizes a water buoyant means, nozzle, and seal design to add water when the pool water level drops, and cuts off when the required water level is achieved. This economical and simple method utilized in a properly engineered application specific device will prove to be the winning solution over other market competitive products in the growing pool and spa market.
In the water containment world such as ponds, pools, animal watering tanks and the likes, there exist devices to automate the process of replenishing water loss. Automated methods of maintaining water level originated from a variety of known and proven practices. For the present invention and the likes, it is a water control apparatus connected to an always-active water supply that is by some means supported above the liquid reservoir in contact with water level and is mechanically driven by the changing water level. The water control apparatus method is a float cut-off action that is basically, an active water flow being blocked and unblocked by a sealing surface in communication with the water buoyant component. The mechanics of this method has been time proven; however, this built-on method will require application specific modifications to be effective for the pool and spa industry as needed. The most popular mechanical “built-on” water control device originates for the farming and livestock sector and used to control and supply fresh and well water to farm animals and wildlife. Therefore, direct integration of this control device will not survive the chemical laden environments of the pool and spa industry and will require extensive modifications predominantly in materials followed by operational design. Therefore, the present invention encompasses comprehensive improvements on the aforementioned and from real founded solutions based on the shortcomings encountered in the installation, testing, and use of the devices reciting prior arts.
The overall objective of the present invention is to provide an application responsive means of replenishing the water loss in a swimming pool or spa due to natural and unnatural causes. The continued use of prior arts for the water replenishing process without modification prove to be weak and with an end result being a short life cycle product or of one under constant repair and adjustments. The aforementioned “application responsive” refers to addressing the severe environment and results that are produced by chemicals used in the pool and spa industry along with the sun'"'"'s actions both thermal and radiation wise. Hence, an apparatus can experience a water environment that can be heavily chlorinated or salted leading to pre-mature deterioration and eventually failure, in addition and especially outdoors further deteriorating action is supplemented by the sun'"'"'s UV radiation. The build-up of residual matter, scaling on component surfaces can cause obstruction between components can cause critical failure. The final proof of this product came from repeated installation and testing the best in application materials and calculated geometry to produce an exceptionally built product. The present invention thus represents a tangible solution for a real problem encountered in the growing pool and spa industry.
The key objective was to make the invention'"'"'s functionality and performance to be specific to the pool and spa industry.
Another objective was to redesign and replace the components of any OEM sub-device with performance specific components engineered for a heavily chlorinated, salinized, extreme temperature cycling and UV radiation prone environments.
Another objective was to make the device simple and aesthetically pleasing, easy to install, set-up and operate; economical and with a longer product life than other similar devices.
Now with reference to drawings beginning with the complete apparatus
On the aforementioned down pointing member 1, a cross connection 4 is slipped on. Before this can be done, the cross connection 4 is precisely reamed through an inline set of openings to create a tight fit on outer diameter of the down pointing member 1. Several forced small diameter indentations, similar to the process done on the Tee connection 3 and for similar results, is used for adjustability to position the cross connection along the down pointing tube member 1
The flow control apparatus