In the past, owning a swimming pool meant that you would be handling, storing, and using chlorination chemicals. These days, we’re all more concerned about our chemical exposure, and the industry has responded with new alternatives. Salt chlorination is one of those options, but many people are unfamiliar with how it works. Here’s what you need to know.
First of all, many people assume that using a “salt chlorinated” pool means that the water is salty, like ocean water. Actually, a drop of this pool water contains less salt than a human tear. Just for a little perspective, let’s compare the salt content of a few different types of water:
- Ocean water contains 35,000 PPM of salt
- A human tear contains 9,000 PPM of salt
- A salt chlorinated pool contains 2,500 t0 3,500 PPM of salt
So no, a salt chlorinated pool isn’t exactly “salty”. So, how does it work? Essentially, the system converts dissolved salt into the correct amount of chlorine to keep your pool clean, by pumping the salt through an electrolytic cell. So technically, you’re still using chlorine; you just don’t have to buy, use, and store the chlorine itself. Your equipment does the work for you. And yes, salt chlorinated pools stay just as clean as traditionally chlorinated pools.
Aside from reducing your chemical exposure, from storing and using chlorine, there are other reasons to switch to a salt chlorinated pool. You might wish to save a bit of money, avoid the smell of chlorine, and reduce the eye and skin irritation that many experience from swimming in traditionally chlorinated water. The water feels soft and silky, too, and the system is quite easy to use.
A salt chlorinated pool still requires maintenance, of course. You will still need to check your pool’s pH level and chlorine levels on a regular basis, and make adjustments as necessary. You might need to adjust your salt chlorination system when you notice cloudy water, it has rained recently, or your pool has been used heavily. But of course, performing this task will be a bit simpler now that you don’t have to worry about adding chlorine itself. Simply adjust the settings on your pool, and inspect and clean your salt cell regularly.
If you have any other questions about salt chlorination, please give us a call. We can show you the benefits of switching to a new system, and help you learn how to maintain your pool to protect your equipment.
Swimming pool maintenance comes with a bit of a learning curve. It might seem straightforward, but there are mistakes that are easy to make when you don’t know better. The thing is, pools really need that steady, day-to-day, consistent type of work. If you do that, while paying attention to the details, you will probably be quite happy with your pool.
On the other hand, there are a few blunders that are common. Some of these actions seem fairly harmless on the surface, but there are very important (and potentially expensive) reasons why you shouldn’t do these things.
Making assumptions about pool chemicals. Your pool water looks clear, so it’s fine, right? Actually, making that assumption could cause you to miss something important, and long-term chemical mistakes are probably the top factor behind premature equipment failure. Test your pool water on schedule, even if it looks just fine, and take the time to learn the art of pool chemistry.
Draining your pool. It might seem like a simple thing; you’ll just drain the pool, perform a repair, and then fill it back up. But before draining a pool, there are many factors to consider. Fiberglass pools, for example, can be damaged if you drain them. In-ground concrete pools can actually rise up out of the ground, because the water was serving to weigh them down. Even weather can play a part in whether it’s safe to drain the pool at any given moment. Just don’t attempt this without professional consultation. Trust us; it’s not worth it.
Painting your pool. Painting the pool is a dubious undertaking already, and pool professionals are already divided on the issue. The main reason you shouldn’t attempt it: The paint will need considerable time to dry, and this means draining your pool and leaving it empty for days. You would risking everything from a bad paint job to structural failure of the pool itself.
Installing new equipment. It seems tempting to install new pool equipment yourself, to save a few bucks. But you’re not only risking your pool and its equipment. You could actually be risking your life, because pool equipment involves water, electricity, chemicals, pressurized systems, and so on. It’s not hard to see how something could go very, very wrong!
Pools are expensive investments, so don’t take any risks! If you need help with pool maintenance tasks, please give us a call. We will give you an honest, professional opinion of your pool’s health, and make recommendations for repairs and upgrades that can be performed safely.