When Should I Add Salt to My Saltwater Pool?

 In Pool Salt

Over time, saltwater pool owners find maintenance of their pool systems a little easier and less expensive as compared to a traditionally chlorinated pool system. But levels of salinity, ph, alkalinity, and calcium hardness still need to be balanced and maintained regularly. Maintaining proper levels of salinity especially is key. Taking good care of your saltwater pool is definitely worth the bit of effort when compared to the luxury of swimming in the softer water created by a saltwater pool’s chlorination on a warm day.

Why It’s Important to Check Salinity Levels

The upfront costs of a chlorine generator for a saltwater pool can be high but, in the long run, you will more than recoup your expense. Thus, it is important to take care of your chlorine generator, preventing shutdowns and damage from unbalanced salinity levels. A lack of salinity may tire your chlorine generator and shorten the lifespan of the salt cell. Meanwhile, too much salt can damage your equipment and metal components due to its corrosive properties. While salt testing strips are easily available, it is advisable to invest in a digital meter to get the most accurate measurement of your salinity level.

When to Add Salt

Your average chlorine generator requires a salt level of 2500 to 4500 parts per millimeter, while a premium salinity level would be around 3200 ppm. At a level of 3200, your saltwater will be pleasantly soft and will not be high enough to taste at all salty. If your salinity level is too low, consult a chart to determine how many bags of high quality, additive free, and fast dissolving pool salt to add to your pool based on the amount of water.

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