Introduction to an Alternative Way to Sanitize Pools
Pool salt is probably an unfamiliar term to you if you’ve never heard of saltwater pools. Many people want an alternative to chlorine pools. Some are seeking to avoid chlorine due to skin or eye irritation. Others dislike chlorine’s strong smell. A saltwater pool is one that uses pool salt as its sanitizer. Pool salt provides the sanitizing effect of chlorine without the undesirable traits of chlorine. That still leaves us with a question. What is pool salt?
Pool Salt Defined
By its chemical makeup, pool salt is sodium chloride (NaCl). That may sound familiar since pool salt is the same chemical as non-iodized table salt. Pool salt is usually coarser than table salt and is sold in bulk quantities.
Pools that use pool salt as a sanitizer were either purchased as saltwater pools or were chlorine pools that owner converted to a saltwater pool. A saltwater pool has a salt chlorine generator. After you add pool salt to your pool, the salinized water goes through the generator to create hypochlorous acid. While that’s the same chemical that forms when you add chlorine to a pool, you won’t experience chlorine’s smell or irritation.
How to Use Pool Salt
You need to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your salt chlorine generator to add the right amount of pool salt. For most generators, you want the water to reach 3,000 to 4,000 parts per million of salt to clean your pool water. You’ll need about 50 pounds of pool salt for every 2,000 gallons of pool water to achieve that level of salinity. That may seem like a lot. However, for comparison, the ocean has about 40,000 ppm of salt. That’s why swimming in a saltwater pool doesn’t leave swimmers with the salty aftertaste they get from the ocean.
Where to Find Pool Salt
Salt Industries delivers high-quality pool salt to customers in customers in the Midwest. Call us today for a quote.