Adding Salt to a Pool with a Salt Chlorinator
- When adding the initial dose of salt to a pool, there will be hundreds of pounds of salt going in all at once. It is important to add the salt evenly around the entire pool to ensure that it mixes quickly into the water. Lightly brushing the salt will help it dissolve more quickly. Don't let the salt sit in large piles at the bottom of the pool (small amounts are OK). Let the filter system run continuously for 24 hours to allow the salt to completely mix into the water. Leave the salt system turned off for this mixing period.
How much salt to add:
Always add one or two bags less than what is required. After it mixes in, test the salt level and add what is necessary to reach the final level. If you add the full amount and end up with too much, you will have to drain some water out of the pool to remove the excess salt.
Pool Size in Gallons
Required Salt Level in ppm
Salt Chlorinator Basics
- Salt water chlorine generators are becoming a very popular way of sanitizing swimming pool water. There are many advantages of salt chlorinators over the traditional method of adding chlorine tablets. There are also many misconceptions of what salt systems do. I hope to clear up the cloud of misinformation that has surrounded salt chlorinators for some time.
Salt water chlorinators are electronic devices that produce chlorine in pool water. By running an electric current through salt water, chlorinators produce liquid chlorine (sodium hypochlorite). This is the same kind of chlorine that you would buy by the gallon at a pool store. After the chlorine does its job if sanitizing the water, it reverts back to salt in the water (sodium chloride). This means that chlorine tablets never have to be added to a pool that has a salt chlorinator.
Advantages of Salt Chlorinators
No more storing chlorine on your property.
Chlorine levels stay more constant rather than swingi...
Salt Chlorinator Chemistry
- How Salt Chlorinators Affect Swimming Pool Water Chemistry
There are several different types of chlorine that are used in swimming pools. By far the most common form of pool chlorine is "tri-chlor", this is what is in chlorine tablets or pucks. I will be comparing salt water chemistry to that of chlorine tablets since they are what most people use.
The most obvious change to pool water chemistry for a salt chlorinator is the salt itself. Most chlorinators use between 3000 and 6000 ppm salt. Salt does not affect the pH or alkalinity of swimming pool water. In fact, salt does not change any of the regular components of pool water chemistry, except for TDS (total dissolved solids) since salt is obviously a dissolved solid in the water.
The chlorine that is produced by a salt chlorinator plays a role in the water chemistry of a salt pool. Salt is sodium chloride. When an electric charge is passed through salt water, the sodium chloride is turned into sodium hypochlorite. ...
- Frequently Asked Questions about Salt Chlorinators
Do salt systems make pools chlorine free? No. Salt systems do not eliminate chlorine from swimming pool water, they produce chlorine from the salt that is in the water. Salt chlorinators do eliminate the need to add chlorine to the water by hand. Chlorine storage is also eliminated, which means no more big buckets full of chlorine tabs to keep in your yard or garage.
Do any chemicals need to be added to a salt pool? Yes. It is true that chlorine should never need to be added to a swimming pool with a salt chlorinator since it is adding it for you, but other chemicals may still be needed. Keeping pH in balance is necessary with or without a salt system. This means acid and or soda ash will still be added to the pool to balance the pH.
Does salt have to be added regularly? No. Once the chlorinator is installed and the initial salt has been added, there is no need to add salt to the pool. The only way that th...
Salt Water Chlorinator Maintenance
- How to Maintain Pools with Salt Water Chlorinators
Salt chlorinators simplify pool maintenance by automatically dosing the pool with chlorine. There are a few things that need to be done regularly to keep the pool clean and running well. Here are the basic steps to maintain a salt water swimming pool.
Check the water chemistry, then balance the pH and other chemistry components.
Adjust the chlorinator to keep the chlorine level in the appropriate range.
Check the salt level and keep within the proper range.
Clean the salt cell (the part of the chlorinator that actually produces the chlorine).
All normal swimming pool maintenance such as brushing the walls and vacuuming the floors still need to be taken care of just like any other kind of swimming pool. The water chemistry should still be checked weekly to ensure that the proper water balance is being maintained. The chlorine level should stay fairly consistent since the chlorinator is producing chlorin...