Because of concerns over chemical cleaning methods for pools, many pool owners are converting to saltwater. Maintaining saltwater swimming pools is not as simple as some people seem to believe. There is a false assumption that because saltwater is more “natural” it requires less or no maintenance.
In reality, compared to the ocean, saltwater pools contain a negligible amount of salt. These are some things to consider when maintaining a saltwater pool:
Saltwater Swimming Pools Are NOT Maintenance Free
Less scrupulous pool companies sell saltwater pools as being “maintenance free.” These types of pools require daily, weekly, and monthly maintenance. Speak to a pool expert to learn more about how to maintain your saltwater pool.
It is important to measure the salt concentration in the water every week. The ideal range is 2500 – 4500 ppm. Most generators have a reading on an LCD display attached to the unit. You also have to maintain the proper chlorine and pH levels. 1-3ppm of chlorine and a pH of 7.2-7.8 (optimally 7.4) allows the chemicals in the water to do their jobs safely and effectively.
Proper Filtration Time is Very Important
Saltwater pools need less of it, but chlorine is still necessary to prevent algae growth. Some pool owners try to lower costs by reducing the amount of filtration time. However, it is during this time that chlorine is released into the water. Without maintaining proper chlorine levels, it is impossible to prevent algae.
Heavy Use Requires “Shocking” the Water
It is necessary, as with normal pools, to “shock” the pool water after a period of heavy usage, such as a pool party, or when the water becomes cloudy. This means adding more chlorine to the water than regular maintenance requires to clear out the excessive contaminants. Some chlorine generators have a feature that increases the amount of chlorine produced to make this task simpler.
Get the Most Out of Your Salt Water Pool
Salt water pools may require maintenance like any other pool, but they are a safer and more comfortable alternative to traditional systems. Contact us today and learn more about how to convert an existing pool or install a new salt water system.