The truth about salt systems
Salt systems are becoming way more common and there is still a lot of myth or misunderstanding about them amongst consumers. I hear statements all to often from customers who say, "I don't have a chlorine pool, I have a salt pool." Lets set the record straight, salt pools are no different from "conventional" pools when it comes to chlorine. The only difference is instead of pouring liquid chlorine or some other form of chlorine into your pool, your salt system will create its own chlorine by using dissolved salt in your pool water. Your salt cell uses a process of electrolysis to create chlorine whenever the pool pump is running. A salt water pool is not a chlorine-free pool. It is actually using the same sanitizers (chemically) that every non salt pool uses. Some say the water in a salt pool feels softer and this may be the case because of the salt content in the water but the chlorine in the pool is exactly the same.
I also hear a lot of customers thinking they do not need chemicals anymore and especially chlorine. This is not the case. The pool will still need all the same basic chemical balances performed as a non salt pool. You will still need to shock your pool (super chlorinate) periodically and you will still need to balance conditioner, PH, alkalinity, Etc... Nothing changes. We even use chlorine still on salt pools when its' necessary to raise the levels or when the salt system is not working properly. The sole benefit of a salt system is you probably won't be using as much chlorine and whenever the pump is running it is producing chlorine. This helps because your chlorine levels are usually not monitored on a daily basis.
There are three main components that make up a salt system. The salt cell (generator), The salt system controls, and the salt. The system will not produce chlorine unless all three are functioning properly. The only maintenance that needs to be performed on a salt system is to make sure the salt cell is clean and free of calcium build up and to make sure the salt levels are up to manufacturer specs. That's it!
If you want to get an estimate on installing a salt system please call us today and we'll come out and give you a free consultation. If your current salt system is having problems please call us as well and we would be happy to come out and take a look at it for you.