What’s a Salt System?
You’ve heard the term, you probably know someone that has one, but you are still not sure what a salt system pool is. A “salt system” is a pool with salt water chlorine generation. It is a method of producing a constant supply of natural chlorine to your pool thru electrolysis. Every swimming pool requires a form of sanitization to remain healthy and clean. Chlorine has been the Industry standard for decades primarily due to its abundant supply and low cost. Now you no longer have to store harmful chemicals at your home.
Innovation and advancements in technology for your pool equipment has given us ECG or Electrolytic chlorine generators also referred to as SCG or Salt Water Chlorine Generation. A process where a piece of equipment ( salt cell) is installed in your pools circulation plumbing system and the introduction of salt into your pool water produces chlorine. I know what you are thinking, wait, I thought salt water pools are not chlorine pools. That is a misconception the pool industry has been battling for decades. For a majority of pool owner’s just simply knowing salt water goes in and chlorine comes out is efficient but let’s take a deeper look into how this process works.
Converting your current pool to a salt water chlorination pool does require some financial investment which can worry some pool owners. However If you compare the cost versus the price you are going to save big in the long run.
Some benefits of salt water chlorination are:
Some disadvantages of converting to salt water chlorination:
Initial expense: initial equipment cost, but after installation you save money on not needing to purchase and store buckets of chlorine tablets and gallons of liquid chlorine. You save money in the long run.
More complex : the need for routine maintenance: Like any piece of pool equipment it comes with a maintenance schedule just like your car does. It’s recommended by the manufacture to clean the salt cell (de scale) with a solution of muriatic acid and water every 3 months. This is something you want a trained skilled professional to do.
Wear and tear: Salt is corrosive, some pool owners have expressed concerns of the salt and the electrolysis process prematurely wearing out other pieces of equipment in their pools such as hand rails and heat exchangers and solar water heating systems lights and the masonry around their pool deck due to salt and electrical exposure. Although this is possible, it’s not likely if your system is running properly and not OVER PRODUCING chlorine. A sacrificial zinc anode and other measures can be put in place to prevent this.
Water Balance: Management of pH level, with the addition of salt your pools water balance specifically the pH will tend to raise and will need adjusted more frequently.
Is a Saltwater Pool Right for You?
A shimmering pool beyond the back door is a prerequisite for many new homeowners. Whether cooling off, swimming workout laps or using it as a beautiful party backdrop, residential pools are crucial to the modern lifestyle. Although saltwater pools have many positive points — particularly being environmentally friendly and healthier and safer — do your homework to see which type of sanitization system is right for you.
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