Salt pools actually use the salt to sanitize the pool. It is usually less harsh on the skin and eyes. In fact, saltwater pools are known to leave you skin feeling silky-smooth after taking a dip. Salt pools also do not have that strong chlorine smell associated with many residential swimming pools. If you maintain the right level of salt in your pool, it may not even taste salty at all!
It is true that saltwater pools are less maintenance than non-saltwater pools, but that does not mean that you can skip out on the maintenance all together. Saltwater pools have a salt chlorine generator, and this piece of equipment cleans bacteria, algae, and viruses from your pool on a regular basis. Saltwater swimming pool maintenance is easy, but there are a few things that you need to do regularly.
1. Find salt levels on a regular basis.
The salt levels in your pool ought not get so high that you can taste the salt. In the event that you have levels that are too low, then the sanitation procedure won’t be successful. We suggest keeping the salt levels somewhere around 2,500 and 3,000 ppm.
2. Reduce using more chlorine than needed.
If you use too much chlorine, it could cause skin and eye irritation and even result in lung problems and asthma issues. It can also corrode your pool equipment much faster than normal. Normally, you should not need to add any granular chlorine to the pool. This will generally only be necessary if you have experienced a heavy rain or a large number of swimmers in a short period of time.
3. Always read your salt instructions very carefully and abide by the package recommendations.
Each salt product will be used slightly differently, although they are very similar. Most salt products recommend adding salt on a regular basis to the deep end of your pool. However, not every salt product uses these general instructions. Read carefully and follow instructions before you dump anything in your pool because you cannot get it back out!
4. Use a product to remove excess salt from the bottom of the pool.
The salt will eventually settle in the bottom of your pool. It can turn an unsightly brownish or yellow color and stain your pool. A professional pool cleaning service or pool cleaning products can prevent this occurrence.
5. Seal your pool’s metal surfaces to prevent rusting.
The salt can promote rusting, particularly on pool steps and handrails. This is especially frequent when you convert your fresh water pool to a saltwater pool. A pool maintenance service can remove the rust,and then they can restore, seal, and protect your metal surfaces to help deter future rusting. You might
want to wait to seal these surfaces until the end of the swimming season, however, because you will have to drain the pool to apply the sealant.Special Needs for Salt Water Pools Many pool products are not designed to be used in saltwater pools. It is important to check the labels and read carefully. You will also want to use a pool cleaning service that knows how to deal with the special needs of saltwater pools.