Figure 10-17 Biofoul
Biofouling is the unwanted buildup of microorganisms, plants, algae, or organisms such as barnacles and muscles on a wetted surface. When a Levelogger is deployed for an extended period of time, especially in a saltwater environment, there is the risk of biofouling. Biofouling on the pressure sensor and conductivity cell can compromise the accuracy of the measurements.
A Solinst Biofoul Screen can be used to protect the Levelogger from biofouling. The copper-coiled Delrin screen naturally reduces biofouling, and lengthens the time a Levelogger can be deployed before maintenance is required. The Biofoul Screen simply slips onto the sensor end of the Levelogger where it is held in place with its compression fitting. It adds about 3/4" (19 mm) to the length of the Levelogger. It allows water to freely enter the conductivity cell, as well as the pressure transducer inlets. It is replaced as required.