Have you Considered Salt Water Pool?
Chlorine can certainly have an effect on people. It can cause bloodshot eyes, itchy skin, dry hair, and a nasty bleach smell as a side effect. Additionally, the chlorine byproducts can irritate the lungs or cause asthma and other respiratory issues. The saltwater sanitation system for a pool is economical with lower operating costs. Initially, a saltwater pool will be more expensive than a regular chlorine pool because the saltwater system requires a bigger investment up front. That cost will be recovered in the cost savings of chemicals over the pool’s lifetime, usually up to 50%.
Saltwater pools are not chlorine-free, but the saltwater system will convert regular salt into chlorine, and which means that you do not have to use as much of those harsh chemicals normally needed to keep your pool clean. Salt systems use sensors to automatically generate chlorine and then introduce it into the pool as and when it is needed. Salt systems do not need as much maintenance and that translates into saving time and money for you.
Salt Water Pool Systems Offer Health Benefits
Chlorine is a very toxic and dangerous chemical, but you will not have to store it because a saltwater pool system produces its own chlorine through the salt in the system. This means that you will not be exposed to so much chlorine and the lower levels are less harsh on eyes, skin, and hair. The water feels smoother, like rainwater and the odor of chlorine is not prominent like it is in a regular pool.
How does System work?
When your pool needs salt the current salt level must first be measured. That amount must be considered when you are calculating how much more salt is needed. The salt chlorine generator should be turned off until the salt is dissolved in the water. The pool pump is then left on while salt is added so that the water moves continually and the salt dissolves faster.
Maintenance for Your Salt Water Pool
Your pool needs salt, so you need to purchase 98% pure sodium chloride in an evaporated food quality granulated and non-iodized salt. If the salt is fine it will dissolve more quickly, in fact about 60% of it will dissolve before getting to the bottom of the pool. Salt that does not dissolve will damage and discolor your pool’s lining.
Macon Pool Cleaning can take care of your weekly maintenance needs. The pool water needs to be tested with test strips and the Free Chlorine level should be around 1 – 3 ppm. If it is necessary, chlorine levels can be adjusted through the control box. pH needs to be between 7.2 and 7.6 and those levels can be lowered with muriatic acid and raised with soda ash.
Monthly maintenance involves testing the pool water for calcium, stabilizer, alkalinity, and salt with test strips. If the system does not display a salt reading, then we can test the salt to determine if your chlorinator needs recalibration.
The cell should be inspected once every three months so that maximum performance is reached. Some salt chlorination systems will remind you that this needs to be done by displaying a cell inspection indicator on the control box. The cell needs a visible inspection at least once every three months for scale build-up. If these deposits are found, then a pressure washer should be used to remove the scale. We have the right tools and special chemical cleaners to take care of this for you.
The pump filter and skimmer need to be kept clean or water flow will be reduced because it is impeded with debris. If water flow is reduced too much the salt chlorinator may stop operating properly and chlorine will no longer be produced.
Macon Pool Cleaning can winterize your salt chlorinator according to manufacturer instructions. We remove the flow switch and salt cell from the system to be stored in an indoor area. After we remove the switch, we replace it with a dummy cell in place of the salt cell for the winter months. The control box can stay in place because it stands up to freezing temperatures.
If you want more information about saltwater systems or you currently have a saltwater chlorinator and need service, get in touch with us at Macon Pool Cleaning. We are your local saltwater pool experts.