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Salt Systems Explained!

Salt water pools are becoming a popular alternative to pool sanitation systems, like the traditional chlorine pool. With a salt water system from Pool Supplies Canada you can avoid the hassle and cost of chlorine while enjoying water that is gentler on your body.

What is a salt water pool?

A salt water pool relies on salt water, not chlorine to maintain safe pool water. Technically, a salt water pool is not chlorine free. Instead, the salt water system automatically converts ordinary salt into chlorine, using less of the harsh chemicals usually required to keep your pool clean. With sensors to automatically generate and introduce more chlorine when your pool water needs it, salt systems require less maintenance, saving you time and money.

Salt water pools are safer than chlorine pools because you don’t have to store the chemical and since the chlorine is produced by the salt used in the system you are exposed to much less of it. For this reason, swimmers find that their skin and eyes are less irritated when they swim in a salt water pool. The low chlorine levels in the pool are gentler on your skin, hair and eyes. Many people also notice the smooth, silky, rain-water feel of a salt water pool. If the smell of chlorine bothers you then you’ll love having a salt water pool, where the offensive chlorine smell is not an issue.

How much does a salt water pool cost?

Although a salt water pool is initially more expensive than a regular chlorine pool because of the up-front investment in the salt water system, many homeowners find they recoup the cost in chemicals over the lifetime of their pool. In fact, salt water pools provide up to 50% savings over conventional chlorine systems.

How much salt do you need for your pool?

First, check your salt chlorine generator’s operating manual. Find out what level of salt your chlorinator works at – most of the time it will be either 3500 ppm or 4000 ppm. Once you have identified the operating level of your chlorinator, click here for a step-by-step guide on calculating the right amount of salt for your pool.

What type of pool salt should you buy?

When you’re buying your pool salt, it’s important to use sodium chloride (NaCl) that is at least ninety-eight per cent pure. Preferably the salt is an evaporated granulated, food quality, non-iodized salt. Keep in mind that the finer the quality of salt the more quickly it will dissolve. For example, over sixty per cent of granulated salt will dissolve before it reaches the bottom of your pool. This is an important factor to consider when making your purchase. Undissolved salt can damage the colour of your pool’s lining.

Do you need to test the salinity levels in your pool?

We recommend that you measure your salt levels as part of your regular pool maintenance routine. This measurement will give you a more accurate salt reading, so you know exactly how much salt to add to your pool’s water.

How do you add salt to your pool?

To add salt to your pool first, measure the current salt level and take the amount into account when calculating how much salt to use. Then, turn off your salt chlorine generator and don’t turn it on until the salt has completely dissolved into the pool water. Leave your pool pump on while you add the salt to keep the water moving and help the salt dissolve more quickly. Next, add the salt to the shallow end of your pool. Add less than your calculations recommend – it’s easier to add more than to compensate.


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