Salt Water Pool Cleaning

Some of the most common questions regarding the cleaning and maintenance of a salt water pool are part-specific questions (saltwater filter versus saltwater cell) or questions about the water, whether it is damaging the lawn or plants. Along with this comes concerns about regulations governing the draining of a saltwater pool.434948_80067096

Salt water Pool Filter Versus Cell

The salt water pool filter is the overall sanitation system while the saltwater cell is the key piece making a pool a saltwater pool. The cell is the part that actually converts the salt into chlorine, which in turn gets dispensed into the water in order to clean and sanitize it.

Is Salt water Backwash Going to Kill My Lawn?

This a question that naturally follows learning the basics about a saltwater pool system. Backwash happens and most people are concerned at least slightly with maintaining their lawn, luckily most grasses are very tolerant of salt. You should be aware of the types of plants that you have by your pool and learn about which ones are intolerant of high levels of salt. Some plants that do not tolerate the saltwater well are fruit trees, roses, and willow. Some signs to look for are a dense, hard soil with a cracked surface and that has lightened in color (usually whitish-gray). For plants, dry and dead spots on the leaves could indicate a salt intolerance, but be aware that these signs can also be caused by the use of other chemicals such as pesticides.

Are There Regulations About Draining Saltwater Pools?

The specific regulations regarding the draining of any pool, including saltwater pools, will vary by your location. In Palm Beach, the discharge of chlorinated water into a storm drain is prohibited and the following regulations also apply:

  • Obtain a dewatering permit for dechlorinated water
  • Let the pool water stand for several days prior to draining to let the chlorine dissipate
  • Only drain a pool when absolutely necessary
  • Pay attention to water restrictions and abide by them

For more information about saltwater pool maintenance and to schedule your free consultation, contact Pool Doctor of the Palm Beaches today at 561-203-0270.



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