Saltwater pool has grown in popularity for many reasons, mostly health-based benefits and the fact that not a lot of people like the smell or feel of chlorine on their skin. Today we’ll talk a little about how to maintain your saltwater pool. If you’re debating about going with chlorine or salt water pool systems, check out our blog posting regarding that conundrum.
Saltwater Pool Maintenance
Some salespersons try to push salt water systems by claiming they are “maintenance free.” But that is a load of bologna. No pool is completely maintenance free, but salt water pools are considered lower maintenance often because the salt is creating the chlorine, so there’s usually no need to add more salt to the system. Just like a chlorine pool, levels and machines need to be checked for full functionality. If this is something you want to think very little about, our weekly pool cleaning services would be perfect for you.
One of the most important—if not most important– parts of maintaining a saltwater pool is keeping an eye on the salt levels. Chlorine is produced from the automatic chlorine generator, but it cannot do this without the proper salt levels. Yes, salt water pool still deals with chlorine, but it’s created instead of pumped in. Limited or no chlorine will cause your pool to collect growth and not function properly, so keep this in check. Your weekly pool maintenance technicians can check this periodically for you, but it can be done on your own. Salt levels can be affected by different parts of the pool, but most are easy fixes and are avoidable with regular checking and maintenance.
The pH level of a saltwater pool should be higher than that of a traditional chlorinated pool. At least once a week (preferably twice) it is wise to test the pH levels and add muriatic acid when needed to maintain a level between 7.4 and 7.8. These tests can be performed on your own, but our weekly pool services usually include checking and maintaining levels.
Sunlight can damage chlorine, so Cyanuric acid is used to stabilize and/or condition the water and chlorine to prevent damage. Keeping this stable prevents extra work to maintain salt and pH levels. Unlike pH levels, this only needs to be checked every few months, keeping the levels between 20 and 60 ppm. This should be an easy step in pool maintenance and the wide range gives some wiggle room between the placement of the stabilizers, allowing you, as the pool owner, to worry less.
Chlorine is only created when the filters are running. So some owners try to reduce the cost of electricity and longevity of filters by turning the filters off when the pool is not in use. Like when no one is in the pool. This is not wise because it can lower the chlorine levels and allow mildew and other contaminants to grow in your pool. Reducing the time the filter is functioning could cost you more in repairs and cleaning than the electricity to run the filter.
Cleaning Salt Cells
The salt chlorinator cell is an important part of your saltwater pool. It is important to check for calcium buildup and deposits on the cell places. If calcium is found, clean the cell as per the owner’s manual instructions. Dirty cells will alter the salt level of your pool. Our technicians can check and clean your salt cells for you with our weekly pool services.