Q: Will the salt sting my
A: The salinity level in a salt pool is actually about 1/3 of a human
teardrop, therefore it definitely won't hurt your child's eyes. In fact, most
people report a soothing effect on their eyes.
Q: How much salt do I need to put in
A: Because the salt system regenerates the salt there is no need to
replace salt on a weekly basis. The only salt that you will need to replace is
whatever amount is lost through splash-outs and water lost when you backflush
your filter. This amount is very minimal (usually 20lbs. or less every 6-8
Q: Do I still need to shock my pool?
A: There are many factors involved when you speak of "shocking" a
pool. If your pool is surrounded by trees and has a tendency for algae growth,
then you may still need some sort of algaecide. For most people in most
environments the need to shock will be eliminated or greatly reduced, (maybe
after a heavy rain, etc.).
Q: Can I use my existing D/E
One of the great features of a saltwater pool is that it will
allow you to use all of your existing equipment, including your current
filtration system. Whether you have a sand, D/E, or cartridge type
filter, the salt system will work side by side without any
modifications. If you currently have a chlorinator, after the salt
system is installed, you simply quit putting in the chlorine tabs. If
you ever decide to go back to chlorine (but who would?) you would just
turn the salt controller off and add chlorine tabs to your chlorinator.
Q: Can I install it myself?
A: The installation requires basic PVC plumbing and basic
electrical. If you are handy and have these basic skills, self
installation should not be a problem. The instructions are simple and
easy to follow. Check with your local
municipalities as some require permits and licensed tradesmen.
the salt hurt my pool equipment?
A: The salinity level is 17 times less than sea water and will not
harm your pool equipment. Besides the low salinity, most pool equipment
is plastic, including most pumps.
do I know which size system is right for me?
A: The first thing to do is figure out how many gallons of water are
in your pool. This can be computed as follows:
average length x average width x average depth x
7.5 = # gallons
(example: 35'L x 15'W x 4'D x 7.5 = 15,750 gallons)
So a 35' long pool that is 15' wide and averages a 4' depth would
contain 15,750 gallons of water.
You typically need 0.04 lbs/day output per
1000 gallons of water.
Q: Do I
need to replace the existing water in my pool?
A: If you are currently using chlorine and your pool is in spec and stable, you do
not need to change it (just add salt). If your pool is unstable, it is
best to start out fresh.
Q: If I
ever want to change back to chlorine can I?
A: You will always have the option of converting back to chlorine.
Just turn off the salt controller and add chlorine tabs as usual. NOTE:
I have never had anyone who switched to a salt system convert back.
much a month does it cost to maintain a salt pool?
A: The salt units draw less than 2 amps of current which equates to
less than $5.00 a month on the average in electricity. The average user
requires less then 50lbs. of salt per year and it sells for less then
$10.00 per 50lb. bag. As you can see, the maintenance expenses are very
low with a salt system.
can I buy the salt for my pool? By the way, thanks for having this
forum. It's great to have a place to get answers.
A: The salt for swimming pools can be purchased at pool supply
stores. However, it is usually less expensive at a hardware store such
as Home Depot or Lowe's and they typically carry "pool salt" for under
$7.00 per 40lb bag. If unavailable, you may also use water softener
Q: If I don't
install the unit can I return it?
A: Yes, we will gladly accept returns of unopened/undamaged units within 30
days of purchase.
* NOTE - All returns are subject to a 10% restocking fee.