You’re probably very happy that you’ve completed your research of salt water swimming pools and discovered the many advantages of that type of pool. Perhaps you already have your local pool builders scheduled to begin construction in the months to come. However, if you are unfamiliar with salt water pools, then we’ll give you a brief introduction to them in order to bring you up to par. Then we’ll go over the special upkeep requirements for salt water pools.
Knowing the Differences
It can be a little confusing to refer to them as “salt water pools” and to totally differentiate them from regular swimming pools with chlorinated water. These salt water pools aren’t actually chlorination-free; rather, they’re built to be able to produce chlorine on their own using electrolysis and salt. This eliminates the need for you to manually have to regularly apply chlorine. Despite not having to deal with caustic chemicals directly, you will still need to keep an eye on the level of chlorine in the pool water.
The water won’t be exactly like that of a conventional swimming pool, but it also won’t be as salty as ocean water (and if you’re thinking your salt water pool might give you a similar experience to that of passively floating in Israel’s Dead Sea, think again); in fact, the saltiness of the ocean can be measured at about 35,000 parts per million (ppm), but a salt water pool has just 3,000 ppm.
There is still chlorine in a salt water pool, but there won’t be as much as you would find in a conventional swimming pool, which lessens the possibility of chlorine having an adverse effect on your eyes, skin, and hair. The treated water has a softer feel, comparable to that of households with “water softeners,” which remove some of the naturally occurring minerals from the water. The more natural approach of sanitizing water that is utilized in salt water pools, while still a sort of chlorination, overall lowers maintenance needs but does not totally do away with them.
Saltwater Pool Maintenance
Similar to any item in your house, you should plan frequent inspections and ongoing maintenance activities in order to prevent costly repairs or diminished utility. You may minimize unexpected down time for your pool during the prime swimming season by giving your pool regular TLC and keeping it in good condition. You must make sure that your pump, filter, and skimmer are all kept clean and in effective operating condition in order to accomplish this. You must make sure that the salt chlorinator cell is regularly inspected and replaced as needed. Keep in mind that regular checks and replacements of the salt chlorinator cell are required, or you will very quickly have a serious water quality problem on your hands.
You should regularly monitor the chemical levels in your salt water pool, just as you would with a conventional pool. With the aid of salt water pool test strips, you may determine the pH levels, salt content, free chlorine, alkalinity, hardness, and stabilizer of your pool’s water. Even if you’ve been adhering to a suggested maintenance schedule, you should still retest your pool after inclement weather or a pool party, because those events may have an negative affect on its systems.
We’ll look at frequent issues that can arise in our next post, as well as if it is realistically doable to turn your current swimming pool into a salt water pool.
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