There are definitely great reasons an increasing number of pool owners are opting for salt water pools these days – or converting their traditional swimming pools to salt water pools. There are also some myths surrounding them. We addressed some of these in Part 1. While they’re easier to maintain than their more heavily chlorinated counterparts, you won’t have to buy, transport, or add chlorine yourself; instead, you’ll simply have to deal with salt and let your pool’s salt chlorinator do the rest!
Responding to Problems with Salt Water Pools
When you’re in the habit of maintaining your salt water pool with the regular steps outlined in Part 1 and ensuring that you’re using the correct ratio of salt to water, you’ll be in pretty good shape. If and when your salt levels fluctuate too greatly, you’ll receive an alert through your pool’s system. While those steps may be different than responding to issues that come up with a traditionally chlorinated pool, other situations are pretty similar and require similar types of responses.
For instance, if your water begins to look cloudy, pool filtration and circulation or a deficient amount of chlorine are probably to blame. You can check by testing chemical levels and making the necessary adjustments. Perhaps your filter needs to be cleaned or your salt chlorinator needs to be repaired. Be sure your system is programmed to run in a way that all the water moves through it once a day. If algae is an issue in your salt water pool, you’ll respond to it in much the same way that you would in any other pool.
Converting Your Existing Swimming Pool to a Salt Water Pool
If you’re wondering why everyone doesn’t just get a salt water pool, we completely understand! But we also know the answer: initially, installation is more expensive. However, an increasing number of homeowners are finding the reduced operational costs to be worthwhile – especially when you consider the other benefits and conveniences of salt water pools. And even if you didn’t initially spring for a salt water pool, you can actually get your existing swimming pool converted from a typical chlorinated pool to a salt water pool. And believe it or not, you don’t even need to drain your swimming pool first!
A salt water conversion involves 8 simple steps. First, you’ll need to add the required measurement of pool-grade salt in order to achieve the correct concentration for your size pool. Once you’ve measured the prescribed amount, you’ll simply sprinkle it along the surface of your pool and let it dissolve; the process should take less than 24 hours.
Next, you’ll need to mount your chlorinator controller on a wall close to your pool’s equipment pad and follow the instructions in the manual. Once you’ve done that, follow the instructions to wire the chlorinator controller for power (or hire a professional to do it). Next, install the chlorinator cell into your pool’s plumbing, after its filter; the chlorinator cell will be the last piece of equipment located along the pool pipe for the water to go through before returning to the pool.
Once you connect the chlorinator cell to the chlorinator controller, you’re almost ready to go! Simply turn on the pool pump and examine it for any leaks. Once it has been running for several hours, circulating the water and dissolving the salt, you’ll be ready for the last step: turning on the salt chlorinator. Voila! You’re now ready to bask in the beauty of your salt water swimming pool.
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