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Salt Pool Star-up

The steps in opening a saltwater pool are very similar to traditional pools, with only a few differences.

Get ready

Clean the pool! Get all debris out of the water and vacuum the dirt, once the water level is where it needs to be.

Once the pool is clean, connect the equipment, checking the pump and filter to make sure they are working properly.

If you removed the salt cell during the off-season — particularly common in colder climates — put it back in place without turning it on. Adjust the salt level, after water is balanced, to the proper reading before you turn on the system and allow the cell to generate chlorine. After all of this is done, run the pump for 24 hours straight to thoroughly circulate the water and allow the cell to produce chlorine to start clearing up any hazy water you may have.

Special salt steps

Saltwater pools must be shocked. During the swim season, the salt cell produces a constant amount of chlorine, so shocking a pool isn’t always necessary. But, after a pool has been sitting all winter, it’s necessary to “boost” or “shock” the pool’s chlorine level to help eliminate any contaminants.

Balance the water’s pH, total alkalinity, calcium hardness and conditioner (cyanuric acid) before you test the salt level. Once this is done you can test the salt level and add accordingly. The ideal salt level is between 3,000 and 3,900 for most systems.

Now run the system for 24 hours with the salt system turned up to 100% full output. After 24 hours you can adjust the output to the desired level based on your climate and bather load.

Benefits of salt water

Saltwater pools have a salinity level of approximately 1/10th of ocean water. So the salt “taste” is very faint and the feeling left on your skin is very smooth while eliminating irritated eyes.

Saltwater pools also can mean less maintenance. The salt cell constantly converts salt water to chlorine, so chlorine levels are more consistent and there’s very little need to purchase traditional chlorine.

Making the switch

Should you decide to convert to a salt pool, make sure you choose the correct size of salt cell for your pool’s size and usage. If you have a heavy bather load and are located in a warm climate, you may want to choose a larger cell than what your pool size demands so you put less stress on the cell and produce enough chlorine during the most demanding months.

Add salt treatment products to protect the pool against staining and scale. The inside of the salt cell has extreme pH ranges, high chlorine levels and relatively high temperatures. Please be sure and choose treatment products that are specifically designed for salt water applications. These products should not contain sulfates or be phosphorus based sequestrants. These items can lead to calcium formation on the cell’s plates.