Converting to a Chlorine Pool to Saltwater
Saltwater pools provide an array of benefits and advantages. If you have a traditional, chlorine pool and want to get in on the luxurious of a saltwater pool, a conversion may be easier than you think. You can easily turn an existing chlorine pool to saltwater with the addition of natural chlorine generator and salt system. To find out how to convert your chlorine pool to saltwater, follow the easy instructions you’ll find below.
Learn About The Chlorination Process
Before you begin the conversion, you should understand how the process of chlorination works in a saltwater pool. Instead of putting chemical chlorine into the pool regularly, as you would with a traditional pool, saltwater pools produce their own chlorine naturally. The salt molecules in the water break down and create an environment that requires less equilibrium, chemicals, and maintenance.
Understand Salt System Basics
After you’ve found your salt system that you plan to use for your pool conversion, it will need to be installed. The system should be placed directly before the return valve for your current valve, and at the end of the plumbing to ensure that chlorinated water can enter the pool properly. The cell may be able to be installed where a pre-existing, chemical chlorine dispenser was. Your control panel and pool pump should be controlled by the same power source and set on a timer.
Update Plumbing Where Necessary
It is essential to the function of your converted saltwater pool that the water is able to run with the least amount of resistance into the pool. This means minimizing angles and obstructions by using additional pieces of hardware, plumbing, elbows, or couplings. For one-directional cells, the flow direction should always be correct by ensuring the flow switch is installed per instructions.
Install a Zinc Anode
Saltwater pools have a reputation of producing corrosion, and that’s because of the salt’s natural process to erode certain materials. But with the proper care, corrosion shouldn’t be an issue. To help with this, you can install an in-line zinc anode. It is easy to install during the conversion and can be done while you are already working with plumbing aspects. The zinc anode does require grounding, so it’s best to keep it located close to the cell.
Mount and Connect the Control Panel and Power Supply
After all previous steps have been taken, you need to mount the systems power supply and control panel. It should be in an area that is easy to access and within an arm’s reach of the cell’s switch, timer, and cord. When properly mounted, connect the main power supply and turn it on. Turn on your water pump, wait for the system to pressurize, and check your equipment for any leaks.
It is important, however, to know that the power to your salt system should not be turned on until you have reached the desired salinity for your pool. Remember that electrical work is very serious and if you are not confident in your abilities, an electrician or professional can assist.
Add Salt and Achieve Balance
Now you need to add the right amount of salt, which will be based on your pool’s gallonage and current salinity. For a rough estimate, you should be adding around 30 lbs of salt for every 1,000 gallons your pool has. For better results, there are formulas that can be used for reference. When converting a chlorine pool to saltwater, the salt content should be zero, or nil.
Always add your salt to the deeper end of the pool, away from the intake of the skimmer. Wait a minimum of 24 hours for the salt to be entirely dissolved and balanced. Once your salt is balanced, the salt system can be turned on and your pool is ready to be enjoyed.
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