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How To Maintain Your Salt Water Pool

How To Maintain Your Salt Water Pool

If you ask homeowners who have them, they’ll probably say they like not having to buy chlorine. This is because salt water pools produce their chlorine through a process known as electrolysis.

Other advantages include the absence of odorous chloramines, softer water, and less maintenance. Take note of this. Salt water pools do not require zero maintenance.

To keep your salt water pool in good condition, you should know how to maintain it. That said, let’s go over some pool care and maintenance tips so you can enjoy your salt water pool for a long time.

A salt water pool is less challenging to maintain than a traditional pool. That doesn’t mean that salt water pool care and maintenance should only be done once yearly.

You must complete daily, weekly, and monthly tasks. These are some examples:

  1. Daily Activities

You should make it a habit to clean your pool and filters regularly to save time and money.

Make sure to clean the skimmer and empty the pump basket in your salt water pool. Always remember to skim any visible debris. To make your weekly and monthly tasks easier, try to be as diligent as possible with these daily tasks.

  1. Weekly Tasks 

You should test the pH and free chlorine levels in your saltwater pool once a week. You can buy test strips or test kits for this.

The average free chlorine level is 1 to 3 ppm, and the pH should be between 7.2 and 7.6. Adjust your generator if the chlorine level is too high. To raise your pool’s pH, use baking soda or lower it with sodium carbonate or muriatic acid.

  1. Monthly Tasks 

Every month, you should check four things: salinity, alkalinity, stabiliser, and calcium.

The salinity of your pool should be between 2700 and 4500 ppm. Check your owner’s manual to be sure, as there may be minor differences depending on the model of your pool. If your generator does not come with one, you can use a salt metre.

Alkalinity levels should be between 80 and 120 ppm. Again, you can raise it with baking soda or lower it with muriatic acid.

The preferred stabiliser for salt water pools is cyanuric acid (CYA), which should be at 70 to 80 ppm. Calcium hardness is last but not least. Calcium levels should be between 200 and 400 ppm.

Conclusion 

It’s never been easier to transition from a traditional chlorinated pool to a luxurious salt water pool. Whether you have a small backyard pool or a large commercial pool, you can enjoy the many advantages of salt water swimming pools, including comfort, convenience, and cost savings.

To keep your salt water pool in good working order, support your filter, pump, and skimmer clean and in good working order. When using salt water pools, you must inspect and replace the salt chlorinator cell. Test your pool water regularly for proper water chemistry to keep it clean and clear.