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What You Need to Know About Salt Chlorination

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.





3 Reasons a Robotic Pool Cleaner Makes Your Life Easier

You originally installed your swimming pool (or purchased a house that already had one) because you envisioned long, lazy days and entertaining evenings spent in your backyard. You pictured quality family time, fun with friends, or just the solitude of relaxing alone. You probably did not fondly imagine yourself spending hours upon hours on cleaning and maintenance tasks! But of course, that is the reality for many pool owners. Swimming pools need a lot of work in order to function correctly and remain attractive (not to mention sanitary).

If you’d rather skip the debris removal and stain scrubbing, and spend more time enjoying your backyard oasis, a robotic pool cleaner will probably appeal to you. There are many benefits to these handy tools, but the primary perks boil down to…

It’s easier and superior to manual pool cleaning methods. A robotic pool cleaner can navigate underwater, without the need for air. It can climb walls, filter the water, and collect debris continuously… with zero effort required from you! Now you can spend less time cleaning and maintaining your pool, and more time enjoying it.

Lower your chemical usage. Robotic pool cleaners use a brushing action to scrub all areas of the pool, cleaning away unwanted debris. You will save on cleaning chemicals, and create a healthier environment in your pool at the same time. This is a terrific option if you’re worried about unnecessary exposure to excess chemicals.

They’re energy efficient. A robotic pool cleaner uses about the same amount of electricity as a light bulb. So it’s an incredibly efficient appliance, and won’t cost you big bucks to use.

For more information on purchasing and using a robotic pool cleaner, please give us a call. We can demonstrate how the technology works, and help you decide if this is the right choice for your swimming pool.

Control Your Pool Pump Anywhere, Anytime!

When you think, “swimming pool maintenance”, a smart phone is probably not the first tool that comes to mind. Typically, swimming pools and phones don’t mix! But when you’re away from your pool, or even away from home, your smart phone can actually become a helpful maintenance tool.

Many of us already own “smart home” appliances, such as security systems, that we can access remotely from an app. Now the swimming pool industry has recognized the value of this trend, and has hopped on board with apps of their own.

As you probably know, your swimming pool pump is the heart of your entire pool system. As such, it helps to monitor it regularly to ensure that everything is running smoothly. With an app that links to your pump, you can accomplish these goals remotely:

Maintenance. If you need to switch settings on your pool pump, you don’t have to wait until you get home. Just log in and override the pump’s automatic features, and adjust the settings accordingly.

Simplify your life. With a smart phone app linked to your pool’s pump, you won’t have to run outside and check the pump (or even be home). It’s one fewer thing you have to remember, and one time-consuming chore made easier.

Worry-free vacations. Between planning for pets and arranging flights and rental cars, planning for a vacation is enough of a hassle. When you can check on your pump remotely, you won’t have to worry about returning home to an off-balance or dirty pool (or paying someone to check it for you). This item will be crossed off your to-do list for all future vacations.

There are several different ways to link your smart phone to your pool’s pump, depending on the model of pump you own. Give us a call to learn more about this handy feature, and we’ll help you decide which app to use. And of course, we’ll be happy to answer any other questions you might have regarding swimming pool maintenance.


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