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Salt Systems - FAQ's

The “inspect cell” light is flashing on my salt system, but when I check the cell, it’s OK. Why is it still flashing?

I would suggest checking the troubleshooting section of your owner’s manual, but the “inspect cell” light is usually a reminder light that is set to light up every few months to see if the cell needs cleaning. If the cell is clean, then check the salt level to see if the level is too low. Please remember to always check the water with salt test strips, a meter or take in a sample. DO NOT add salt based solely on what the salt system read out shows the salt level to be. If the read out is false and you add salt when it’s not needed, you will have drain all or part of the water to remove the excess salt.

How much salt should I add to a 15,000-gallon pool?

A typical bag of POOL SALT (do not use other types of salt) contains 40 pounds of salt and will produce a reading of 3200 in 1,500 gallons of water. This is typically a very solid reading for most salt systems (somewhere between 3,000 and 3,900). So, in a 15,000 gallon pool, you will need 10 bags of salt. I would suggest adding a bag or two LESS than what you calculate for your pool. Pour the salt around the perimeter of the pool and run your pump 24 hours after brushing the salt around. Test the water the next day or two and add the other bags, if needed. I always recommend adding a little less and then adding more, if needed, so you do not have to worry about adding too much and dealing with the hassle of draining some water.

How should I add salt to my pool?

Salt should be added by pouring it along the edge of the pool, preferably in the deeper end with the pump running. Once added, brush the salt, not allowing it to settle and lay in any one spot for very long, until it’s completely dissolved.

Refer to the owner’s manual for the requirements on salt levels. Most owner’s manuals are available at