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.