Today, a growing number of pool owners are choosing salt water pools or converting their conventional swimming pools to salt water pools for a variety of excellent reasons. Salt water pools are the subject of some myths as well. In Part 1, we talked about a few of these. Salt water pools do require less maintenance overall than their more thoroughly chlorinated counterparts, but there is still a chlorine presence in your pool water. However, with a salt water pool, you will no longer need to buy, transport, or apply the chlorine yourself – all you’ll need to do is deal with the salt, and then the salt chlorinator in your pool will take care of the rest!
Salt Water Pool Issues
You’ll be in good condition once you get into the routine of keeping your salt water pool maintained by following the steps given in Part 1 on a regular basis and making sure you’re using the right amount of salt to water volume. The sensor system in your salt water pool will notify you if and when your salt levels change too much. While those actions might not be the same as handling problems that arise in a standard chlorinated pool, some circumstances are very similar and call for similar types of reactions.
For instance, pool filtration problems and inefficient water circulation or a lack of chlorine are likely to be to blame if your water starts to appear hazy. Chemical levels can be tested, and the required modifications can be made. Perhaps you need to clean your filter or fix your salt chlorinator. Make sure your system is set up in such a way that all of the water passes through it at least once per day. If you detect algae starting to grow in your salt water pool, you’ll need to react to algae in the same way in which you would with any traditional pool.
Converting Your Pool to Salt Water
You’re probably asking now why everyone doesn’t just install a salt water pool. However, the answer is fairly simple: initial installation costs are higher. Nevertheless, a growing number of homeowners believe the lower ongoing operating expenses are worthwhile – especially when you take into account the additional advantages and conveniences of salt water pools.
You can actually have your current swimming pool changed to a salt water pool even if you didn’t initially spend the money on a salt water pool. You don’t even need to drain your pool first, believe it or not!
There are 8 easy phases in the conversion from traditional pool to salt water pool. To get the right salt/water concentration for your size pool, you must first add the necessary quantity of pool-grade salt. Once you’ve calculated the recommended dosage, all you have to do is sprinkle it over the pool’s surface and wait for it to dissolve. This process shouldn’t take more than 24 hours.
The next step is to install your chlorinator controller according to the manual; they typically recommend installing the controller on a wall close to your pool’s equipment pad. Following that, wire the chlorinator controller according to the instructions (or hire a professional to do it). The chlorinator cell should be added to your pool’s piping after the filter, because it will be the final piece of machinery which the water needs to pass through before it returns back to the pool.
You’re almost set to go once you’ve connected the chlorinator cell to the chlorinator controller! Turn on the pool pump and check everything carefully for leaks. Once you are safe from leaky pipes and joints, let the pump run the water throughout the pool for a couple hours, so all the water has time to thoroughly circulate and the salt can be dissolved. Finally, you are ready for the next stage, which is turning on the salt chlorinator. Voila! You are now in business. Your salt water swimming pool is ready for you to enjoy.
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