If you are a new saltwater pool owner or plan to design and construct one in the future, it is important to understand how to test and maintain ideal saltwater pool salinity (or salt content). The obvious difference between a conventional chlorine pool and a saltwater pool is a saltwater pool uses salt to clean pool water. Saltwater pools are quickly becoming a favorite choice for new pool owners because they are easier and typically less expensive to maintain than conventional chlorine pools.
Olympus Pools offers services to convert your pool to a saltwater system. Even if you have been using chlorine tablets for years, you can still get the benefits of a saltwater system. The most important part of using a saltwater system is understanding salinity.
What is Salinity?
Simply, salinity is the salt content of your pool water. Salt is used to maintain and clean pool water, but incorrect amounts can lead to unfortunate problems. Having too much salt in your pool water can result in unnecessarily increasing chemical expenses. But having too little salinity restricts the amount of chlorine being generated and can lead to the growth of algae and bacteria.
How to Test Saltwater Pool Salinity
Regularly testing salinity levels is the best way to ensure proper pool water levels to prevent unnecessary costs and bacteria growth. There are a variety of testing options to consider, both digital and manual. Most of these devices require gathering a sample of water and reading the test results.
The Impacts Salinity Has on Your Pool
Over time, incorrect salinity levels can deteriorate your pool water quality and lead to costly repairs and cleanings. By not having a high enough salt content, your pool may grow bacteria and algae. If this is caught quickly and your saline levels are adjusted, the algae should come off with a pool brush, but if the growing materials begin to take over, you may have to use chemical cleaners or drain your pool to clean it.
Avoid these issues by regularly testing salinity and maintaining the appropriate levels for your pool. Contact Olympus Pools to find out more about how to build your new saltwater pool or convert your pool to the saltwater system.