Maintaining Your Saltwater Pool
Saltwater pools have a well-deserved reputation for being low-maintenance. However, there a few things you need to be maintaining regularly to enjoy your saltwater pool all season long. Also, remember to consult the manufacturer’s instructions for your chlorine generator cell since its maintenance requirements may be slightly different.
Maintaining your Pool: Weekly
Your filter, pump, and skimmer need to be clean to operate properly. Check them weekly and remove any debris. Vacuum the pool.
Use a drop test kit to check the pH and free chlorine levels. The pH level should be in the range of 7.2 to 7.6. Low levels can be raised with soda ash while high levels can be lowered with muriatic acid. The free chlorine level needs to be between 1 and 3 ppm. If your free chlorine levels are out of range in either direction, you may need to adjust the output accordingly on your cell. Also, low levels of free chlorine could mean your salt levels are low and need to be replenished.
What to Do Monthly
Levels of salinity(salt), alkalinity, and calcium need to be checked every month with a drop test kit or pool strips. Although your cell probably displays the salt level, a manual salinity test tells you if your chlorinator has to be recalibrated. Cells vary on their appropriate levels of salinity. You’ll have to check your manufacturer’s guidelines to get the right salt level for your cell. When salinity levels are low, add salt so your cell can produce enough chlorine to keep the pool sanitary. Alkalinity should be between 80 to 120 ppm. Ideal calcium levels are 200 – 400 ppm. Adjust them according to your owner’s manual if they get out of range.
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