Saltwater Pool Maintenance – Frequently Asked Questions

saltwater pool maintenanceFor many, a saltwater pool is a great alternative to the typical chlorine method of sanitizing a swimming pool.  Many pool owners are attracted to saltwater pools as an alternative, because they have fewer side effects (such as red eyes and dry, itchy skin) to swimmers.

By knowing saltwater pool maintenance and care, you are on your way to having a clean pool without buying and handling chlorine.

How does a saltwater pool work?

When pool water goes through the chlorine generator cell and into your filter pump, the salt in the water is turned to the same component that chlorine releases in pool water. When the water flows back to the pool, the newly produced chlorine is then introduced.

Will I be able to taste salt in my pool?

For an adequately chlorinated pool, it will need to have a salt level of 2,500 to 4,000 ppm (parts per million). Humans are not able to taste salt unless the level gets somewhere around 5,000 ppm. For reference, the salt level in the ocean is about 40,000 ppm so salt in your pool should not be noticeable.

Does it require extensive maintenance?

Saltwater pool maintenance is mostly focused on the chlorine generators. But they only require little maintenance as they just have to be cleaned yearly. Calcium deposits can be removed with a mixture of muriatic acid and water while its power supply does not require regular maintenance.

What type of salt should I add and how much?

Do not use rock salt it because it has too many impurities. The acceptable ones are brine blocks, food grade salt, solar salt flakes, water conditioner salt, or water softener pellets. The amount of salt that you add should equal 4,000 ppm.  The salt that you use should be very pure and contain no iodine. For that reason, it is NOT recommended to substitute regular table salt in your saltwater pool.

Will I still need to use chlorine?

Under normal circumstances, you should not use chlorine at all. However, in instances when there are so many people swimming in the pool or when there is excessive rain, you may need to add some amount of granular chlorine to the pool.

How do I get rid of the salt that settles at the pool’s bottom?

The salt that settles at the bottom of the pool can give an unattractive yellowish-brownish color. You can use commercial pool care products for saltwater pool maintenance designed to remove the salt sediments as well as the stains.

How will I prevent rusting?

Salt in the water can lead to rusting, most especially if your pool was converted from typical pool water to salt water. You can seal your pool steps to prevent rusting. There are also commercial protective and restorative products available to protect and remove the rust.

It is a wrong notion that saltwater pool systems are maintenance-free. You will still have to regularly check its salt levels along with its pH, stabilizer, and alkalinity levels in check. For the proper saltwater pool maintenance procedures, contact you’re the pool service professionals at Pool Doctor of the Palm Beaches or click here.