Traditional swimming pools use chlorine or bromine to help keep the pH levels of the water sanitary to swim in during the hot sunny days. Now days, more and more pool owners are switching to salt-water swimming pools because they are more economical to maintain than chlorine and bromine treated kinds.
However, a chlorine generator is still necessary with salt-water swimming pools because it is necessary for transforming ordinary salt also know as sodium chloride into chlorine, which is what sanitizes your pools water. This means testing and maintaining the levels of your pools water is still necessary.
Steps to Maintaining a Salt Water Pool
1. It is always essential to remove debris such as leaves, insects and sand from the salt-water pool daily. Leaving debris in the pool will cause the pH levels to change drastically if bacteria and other foreign substances are contaminating the water. You can keep debris from the swimming pool by scooping debris out with a neat and using a swimming pool vacuum cleaner to suck up the debris at the bottom of the pool.
2. Use a test kit to check for proper chlorine levels in the salt-water pool every couple of weeks. Chlorines of a salt-water pool are supposed to be between 1.0 to 3.0 ppm. If the levels are no proper it is essential, you allow the chlorine generator to run longer, if the levels are too low or for shorter periods if the levels are too high.
3. Testing the pH levels of the salt-water pool weekly is extremely important. The pH levels of a salt-water swimming pool need to be at 7.2 to 7.6. If the pH levels are off corrosion of the pool and its filtration can occur and cause severe damage to the pool. Use a pH level test kit weekly too make sure the levels stay in the range necessary for keeping your pool strong in structure and functioning properly.
4. Checking the pool’s salt levels every couple of weeks is also an essential step for maintaining your pool. Salt water levels in a salt-water pool are best between 2,700 and 3,400 ppm. If the salt levels are, too high you may need to add in some water to dilute the levels of salt. If the salt levels are too low, adding in salt will do the trick for getting the levels back on track.
5. During heavy pool use such as at cookouts and pool parties, it is always wise to shock the pool to prevent it from becoming cloudy and unsanitary. You shock the pool by allowing your generator on the super-chlorinating feature, which increases the amount of chlorine in the pools water. Increasing the chlorine in the salt-water pool helps deeply cleanse the water so it is safe to swim in the next day.
6. Lastly, removing and cleaning the chlorine generator cell every few months is another important step of maintaining the condition of your salt-water pool. Over time, minerals can build up inside the chlorine generator cell and cause scaling or crystallizing. Scraping off this mineral build up with a wooden tool or soaking the cell in a mixture of muriatic acid and water an help get the generator cell clean so it can function properly once it is inserted back into the filtration system.
End Notes for Maintaining a Salt-Water Pool
Following this simple guide can help you maintain all the proper levels within your salt water pool and keep the filtration system functioning properly at all times so the water stays clean and safe to swim and play in daily.