If you’ve recently had a pool installed and you’ve opted for salt water, you’ll need to know how salt water pool systems work. This means ensuring that the pool is clean and that the water is of great quality. After all, spending time in the pool is a great way to get some exercise and spend some time with friends and loved ones. The majority of pools have chlorine in the water, which means that someone has to add chlorine, along with other chemicals, to the water so that bacteria and algae won’t grow. This is especially common in public and community pools since lots of people get into the water on a regular basis, and it’s important that the water is as clean as possible. However, chlorine can cause topical allergic reactions in some people and can cause problems if ingested. As such, saltwater pools are becoming more popular because they are a healthier alternative and don’t require much maintenance. Here we list a few salt water pool maintenance tips.
Salt and pH Levels
When it comes to salt water chemistry, you’ll have to maintain this with regular salt level measurements. The salt in the pool will only be effective if the levels are in the proper range. There should be adequate salt in the pool at all times so that the water will stay fresh and the pool will be clean. In addition to getting the salt level correct, you should also make sure the pH level in the pool is in the right range, which is between 7.4 and 7.8. it’s important to test the pool at least once a week so you can adjust the levels as needed.
You’ll also need to have cyanuric acid in the pool, and the levels for this chemical should be balanced also. Cyanuric acid keeps the chlorine in the pool from negatively reacting with sunlight. When the levels are correct, the water is clear and clean. You don’t have to check the levels for this substance as often as the salt and pH levels, but it’s best to make sure the pool has enough cyanuric acid every few months.
Cleaning the Salt
In terms of salt water startup for your pool, you should also make sure the chlorinator is clean because this is what causes a saltwater pool to work well. The chlorinator allows the water to create its own chlorine, so you won’t have to add synthetic chlorine to the pool. The chlorinator is always working and adds a low amount of chlorine to the pool so that algae and other harmful organisms won’t form in the water and on the surface of the pool. The cell of the chlorinator fills with mineral deposits that would otherwise be in the water, so it’s important to keep the cell clean regularly.
Finally, salt water pool maintenance cost is a major concern for a lot of pool owners, but if you make sure that the levels in the pool are right, you can significantly keep the costs down. Remember that the salt cell or chlorinator is only in operation when the water in the pool is being filtered. This means filtration is essential for clean water and balanced pool chemistry. Also, remember to clean the salt in the pool from the bottom so that brown or yellow stains won’t form on the pool surface. Be mindful to use pool brushes and to sweep the pool regularly, and you can also use an in-pool cleaning system to remove the salt that has settled.
Skovish Pools & Spas is a premier pool builder in PA with 2 locations, one is Luzerne and the other in Shickshinny. We can build you a new salt water pool or we can transform your chlorine pool into a salt water pool. Contact us today to learn more. We will happy to provide you with any additional information regarding salt water pool maintenance as well as help you get started.