Salt water pools are just that— salty! Salt over chlorine means low maintenance and if there’s one thing everyone can agree on, it’s that a low maintenance pool is the best pool.
Unlike traditional chlorine pools, the lack of chemical ingredients makes salt water pools easier to maintain and can go for extended periods of time without constant monitoring. Instead of dumping a chemical cocktail into your pool in a constant rotation, salt water pools sanitize and prep water by passing it through a salt chlorine generator. As long as you properly maintain your salt water pool, you’re looking at a much safer, more sap-like summer swim. Use these five tips to set your salt water pool up for success this swimming season!
If the water in your salt water pool sits stagnant for too long, the saltwater concentration will gather in certain areas. You want to make sure that all the water in your pool can regularly pass through the pool’s system of filters. As long as all the water turns and flows at a reasonable pace, your salt levels shouldn’t congregate. Many pool owners opt to purchase salt concentration detectors in different parts of your pool. If all the numbers are fairly similar all throughout your pool, you’re getting enough circulation.
Weekly tasks like checking your pool’s pH levels and free chlorine levels will cut down on your monthly tasks in the long run. A simple test strip will tell you everything you need to know. As long as your free chlorine level is around 1 to 3 ppm and your pH levels anywhere between 7.2 and 7.3, you should be good to go! It’s always a good idea to check your saltwater pool after big events or pool parties to make sure all the levels are where they need to be.
You’re going to have to eventually add more salt to your pool. Most saltwater pool manufacturers start around 3400 ppm but the average saltwater pool needs 3000 ppm to be properly maintained. Keep enough of it on hand to make sure that your pool maintains the correct level of salt.
Even though saltwater pool maintenance is extremely easy to keep up with, you will have to occasionally send a shockwave through your pool to get it back to where it should be. A good dose of granular chlorine will burn up any organic materials if your chlorine levels drop too low.
Every 3 months you’ll want to diligently check your salt water cell. This is a prime place for build-up, debris, and gunk to gather. After removing the salt cell from the union connections, rinse the cell plates with a garden hose. If there’s a lot of stubborn build-up on the cell plates, you’ll want to use a mild acid wash. Let it soak for at least 15 minutes, rinse with a garden hose, and reinstall the cell.
By following these best tips for salt pool maintenance, you’re going to be able to rest easy knowing your saltwater pool is worth all the time, energy, and effort that goes into owning a pool.