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How to Maintain Salt Water Pools

So, if it’s not maintenance-free, then why should you want a salt water pool ?

  • No more manually dosing chlorine
  • Feels much softer than traditional chlorinated pool water
  • Much more gentler on the eyes and skin
  • Less maintenance

The greatest advantage to having a salt chlorine generator is that there is less chemical adjustments to achieve every week.

Add a pH chemistry control and ORP sensors and make it even more simpler.

But even having a salt chlorinated pool still means it should be checked on a weekly basis to ensure the balance is correct but more importantly making sure the filtration system is working correctly.

Weekly pool maintenance tasks

  • Clean the skimmer baskets
  • empty the pump basket
  • remove debris from the pool water
  • clean the filter

Keeping your filters clean will save you time and money down the road, if the filters become dirty and reduces the circulation both your salt chlorinator and filter won’t have enough flow to filter and produce chlorine and your pool will turn green.

Monthly pool maintenance tasks

  • Test the chemistry balance and adjust it if necessary
  • Add algecide to the water
  • Check Salinity levels,

Add algecide

Regardless if you have a ORP chemistry controller, we recommend adding a algaecide. Piscimar Algiklean is specifically designed to work for salt water this will help prevent algae that builds a resistance to chlorine.

Check Cyanuric acid levels

CYA cyanuric acid also known as stabilizer is very important for salt water pools.

The CYA levels in Salt Chlorinated Pools should ideally be kept between 70 – 80 ppm as per most salt cell manufactures which is higher than traditional chlorine pools at 30-50 ppm.

Properly maintaining your CYA levels is what stabilizes the chlorine to prevent it being lost to UV rays, pools with low Cyanuric acid levels can loose up to 90% of its chlorine and lead to problems with the pool water.

To increase the Cyanuric acid level use Piscimar Estabilizador, currently theres no chemical to reduce the Cyanuric acid levels so follow the instructions on the chemical carefully to increase.

Check Alkalinity levels

Alkalinity works to help stabilize the pH and avoid skin irritation and protect pool surfaces and pool covers.

Proper alkalinity levels are between 80 and 120 ppm, high alkalinity will result in cloudy pool water while low alkalinity can cause damage to the pool covers, surfaces and equipment. to increase your alkalinity level use Piscimar TA+ and to lower your alkalinity level use Piscimar TA-

add these gradually to avoid cloudy water, increasing and decreasing the levels may take up to a few days to balance correctly.

Check pH Levels

A side effect for salt water pools is that often pools with salt chlorinators have an increased level of pH. If not properly monitored or automatically controlled with a automatic chemistry control units, but it could also be an indicator of other issues with your water chemistry just continuing to add pH- may not take care of the issue.

High pH levels can also be caused by curtain types of pool surfaces.

The ideal pH level is between 7.2 and 7.8 when the pH level drops below 7.2 the water becomes more and more acidic and corrosive which will cause damage to pool surfaces, pool covers, equipment and swimmers

When the pH level is higher than 7.8 chlorine is less effective which means its less effective against bacteria and algae, additionally having high pH levels can cause cloudy water and eventually lead to scaling on the surface of the pool and pool cover.

Salt chlorinators with pH chemistry controllers automatically inject pH- into the pool to bring it to the controller set level.

To reduce your PH level use Piscimar Baja pH and to increase your pH level use Piscimar Sube pH

Cell inspection and cleaning

Every three to four months it’s a good idea to inspect your pool’s cell to keep it running efficiently.

Depending on the unit you have it may be transparent and allow you to see into the salt cell while other units will require you to unscrew the salt cell and inspect it.

Well balanced pH levels and calcium levels will determine how often you need to clean the cell.

When inspecting if you don’t see much scaling you should be able to rinse it off and put it back. Sometimes they require cleaning in a solution such as Piscimar Celnet for at least 10 minutes.

Eventually you will need to replace the cell, its recommended to us Piscimar Save Cell at the beginning of every season to protect the salt chlorine generator cell, improve its efficiency and extend its overall life.

Calcium Hardness levels

Calcium hardness is important to balance to protect the salt chlorinator cell. Low calcium levels can cause corrosion and high levels can cause scaling. The correct calcium hardness level is between 200 – 400 ppm

To increase your Calcium Hardness use Piscimar Sube T.H, currently there is no chemical to reduce the calcium hardness so it important to carefully follow the chemical instructions.

Check Salinity levels

Salt pool salinity levels should be checked regularly they should be between 2700-4500 ppm depending on the salt cell used, always checked the manufacturers manual for instructions.

The best salt chlorinators allow you to enter the quantity of water on its control panels to display the salinity level and the required amount of salt and warn you when it going to require more while the cheapest models you can only adjust the chlorine output and will output chlorine depending on how much salt is in the pool which would need to be tested with a salt meter or testing kit.

Adding Salt to the pool water

Despite the name Salt Water Pools, the latest intelligent salt chlorinators require very little salt.

Check and calculate the correct amount of salt required for your pool consult the salt chlorine generator manual for guidance.

Once you’ve worked out how many 25kg bags of salt needed, cut the bags open and distribute the salt around the pool then use a cleaning brush to push the salt around the pool, it may take some time to dissolve.

Related Information

  • How to Vacuum a pool
  • How to clean a green pool
  • How to shock a saltwater pool
  • How often should I change the Pool Water?
  • What Is Total Dissolvent solids (TDS)
  • What is pool stabilizer

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