Salt Water Pools
Salt water swimming pools can be a great alternative to traditional chlorine swimming pools. When maintained properly, salt water pools can be less costly, less work and easier on the skin and eyes. Here are some tips for caring for your salt water swimming pool:
- The most important thing to remember is that you must maintain at least the minimum salt level required for your automatic chlorine generator. If the salt level is not properly maintained, no chlorine will be produced which means trouble for your pool.
- Maintaining a proper pH level is another very important step. The pH in salt water is much higher than that of pools using conventional chlorine. Test your pH at least once per week using a good pool test kit and add muriatic acid as needed to maintain a pH level between 7.4 and 7.8.
- Cyanuric Acid, which is also known as a stabilizer or conditioner, is necessary to protect the chlorine from the sun. Without this stabilizer it would be difficult to maintain the proper level of chlorine needed to sanitize the pool. Test for Cyanuric Acid levels every few months to make sure the Cyanuric Acid level of 20-60 ppm is maintained.
- Keep the salt chlorinator cell clean. Check the cell regularly for calcium build up on the cell plates and clean it as recommended by your salt chlorinator owner’s manual. If the cell is not kept clean, the salt chlorinator will either stop producing the necessary amount of chlorine or stop producing chlorine all together.