"Saltwater pool conversion" might sound like there is a lot involved. If you're wondering how you convert to salt, it really doesn't involve any big procedures. In fact, it's very DIY-friendly. If you can use some basic tools (or have a handy friend to help) you can do it yourself in about an hour.
Converting from chlorine to a saltwater pool simply means...Read more
Once you start thinking about the pool again, many pool owners who still use chlorine ask themselves again if they should put a salt system on their pool, but don't know what to think about what they've heard. A very common question that comes up is "I've been thinking about changing my pool to saltwater, but I've just heard so many different things about it. Is it true that...Read more
The Essential Salt Water Pool Maintenance Guide For Beginners
We understand that those who are new to salt pools may be a little confused about how to sanitize them. Don’t worry; we’ll show you how simple it is to maintain a salt pool vs. chlorine ones.
Most pool owners are familiar with conventional chlorination methods. However, using a saltwater chlorine generator is a much easier and more eco-friendly way to sanitize your pool compared to traditional chlorination methods. Explore how easy it is to upgrade to a saltwater sanctuary!
The 4 Keys to Optimal Saltwater Pool Maintenance
Making the switch to saltwater chlorinators comes with a wealth of benefits. You will experience significant savings over time, a sparkling clear pool, easier maintenance, and more. However, saltwater pools aren’t entirely self-sufficient.
We’ve created this handy guide to saltwater pool maintenance, which shines a light on the four most important areas of care.
No one wants a smelly, green, algae-filled pool. That’s why sanitation should be a pool owner’s highest priority. If left unchecked, bacteria can overtake the water, which makes it unsafe to swim in and appalling to look at.
How can you keep your salt pool from resembling a swamp? There’s not much to it, as your salt chlorinator does most of the work. It converts table salt into natural chlorine, which cleanses the water. You’ll just have to check and adjust your salt chlorinator on a routine basis.
As you might have guessed, it’s important to add salt to your saltwater pool. However, you won't have to add as much as you'd think. While several bags of salt are needed when you first install your saltwater chlorinator, you'll only have to supplement it with smaller amounts over time. Keep in mind that you may make adjustments seasonally or after significant storms or heavy pool usage.
Keep in mind that you may make adjustments seasonally or after significant storms or heavy pool usage.
Circulation keeps the pool water moving by way of a pump that delivers suction and pressure. Skimmers and the main drain collect outgoing water, which is sent to the pump. It’s then pushed through a filter that catches debris and cleanses the water before returning to the pool.
Most pool filtration systems should run between 8-10 hours per day, depending on size and weather. This process allows the pool water to “turn over” once or twice every 24 hours.
Additionally, you should monitor your pool water for an accumulation of debris or sediment and correct any problems that may arise. That’s because pool pumps work harder when there’s a collection of waste, which will shorten the pump’s lifespan.
You can also add a pre-filter system to reduce how much saltwater pool maintenance is needed. Normal filters require extensive backwashing, cleaning cartridges, grids, and more. But pre-filter systems use cyclonic filtration, which cleans it out in a minute while only using approximately four gallons of water.
Salt Pool Water Balance
Many homeowners struggle to understand their pool’s water chemistry, but it’s not as intimidating as one might believe. Your pool water has particular characteristics that make it “behave” in specific ways.
You’ll want to balance those traits, so your pool doesn’t become dirty or unsafe. Let’s break down the characteristics of a properly balanced saltwater pool.
Understanding Free Chlorine And Chlorine Demand
1. Check the skimmer basket and pump for debris
If left unattended, a build-up of leaves, bugs, and dirt can eventually clog the pool’s filtration system. Therefore, we recommend using a pool skimming net to capture any visual debris and to empty the skimmer basket several times per week.
2. Clean and replace the salt cell as needed
At Discount Salt Pools, we recommend cleaning your salt cell once or twice per season. Additionally, you’ll need to replace it about every five years, depending on the brand and usage.
3. Routinely clean the pool and pool deck
You already know the importance of removing debris from the pool. But you should also clean your pool tile, pool floor, and the surrounding area. Saltwater will likely splash out of the pool and onto your deck. Simply spray water from a hose to push it back into the pool to avoid any salt build-up.
4. Keep a water-testing schedule
As stated earlier, it’s crucial to ensure that your water chemistry is balanced. The best way to do so is to have particular days and weeks of the month where you set aside time to test your pool levels. Get to know the specialists at your local pool shop, and ask for help if any of the levels are out of whack.