Last month, we focused on the "6 Things you need to know if you are Considering Salt," but what if you are already using salt to chlorinate your pool? A member of our knowledgeable staff is always a phone call or store visit away. For now, however, let's review common questions we hear day-to-day from pool owners just like you!
How much salt do I need for my Pool?
Generally, we recommend you keep salt ranges between 2,800 to 3,800 parts per million (ppm). For a reference, the oceans' salt levels are around 40,000 ppm! However, always refer to your owners manual as the manufacturer's recommendations
Salt is usually sold in 40-pound quantities, as a starting point, you can assume one bag will adjust 1,500 gallons to 3,200 ppm. You can use the chart to the side to determine how many pounds of salt is required for the size of your pool. Not sure how many gallons you have? Use this online calculator!
Why is the "Inspect cell" light Flashing on my salt Generator?
Always refer to your owners manual, commonly however, this service code will happen every three months to remind you to inspect and clean the cell. Regular cleaning is required for your salt cell to function properly.
Why is the "low salt" light Flashing on my salt Generator?
Stop, before you add salt to the pool water always manually test levels! Salt generators alone do not give a salt level reading; and remember, it is always better to under salt than to over salt! If your salt level is high the only solution is to partially drain water from the pool or spa and add fresh water. "Test strips are hard to read, I always recommend my customers purchase a digital, salt tester for fast and accurate readings," says Brandon O'Brien, Service Manager for Leisure Pool and Spa.
"The salt reading [given by a stand-alone generator]is usually just an algorithm based on the electrical current and water temperature," writes Pool and Spa News. In layman's terms, "salt generators generate chlorine at the rate you tell it to. Generators are best paired with a chemical automation system, like the Pentair Intellichem, that essentially takes over control of the cell and only generators chlorine as needed instead of at a constant rate," says Brandon.
Can I use pool Softener salt or salt from the Hardware Store?
Always consult your owners manual for the manufacturer's guidelines. Brandon suggests you "perform what is called an acid bath this is where you submerge the plates inside the cell in a 1:3 mixture of muriatic acid and water, thus dissolving any calcium build up between the plates. You will know the plate is clean when you no longer see the reaction of the acid bath dissolving the calcium, usually, this is no longer than 15 minutes, but some cells may need longer."
Pool and Spa News recommends, "spraying the cells with water from a hose, to dislodge any scale or debris. In the most extreme cases, multiple acid washes and an overnight soak may be necessary; but this practice risks damage to the cells, so use it only as a last resort."
You can pick up everything you need to clean your cell, including stands and acid from our retail store!
How often Should I clean my Cell?
Clean your cell at least twice a year. If you find you need to clean your cell more often you may have exceedingly high levels of calcium in your pool water. We have found this to be this case in many Utah locations. Bring us a water sample to determine your calcium levels and our knowledgeable staff will provide you with products designed to prevent future calcification.
Although visually free of debris, other types of scaling, such as Phosphate scale may still be present. This is why regular cleaning is needed even if scaling is not visible!
Can I add Chlorine to my salt Pool?
Yes, it is always good practice to have sodium dichlor granular on hand to manually raise the chlorine level if needed. Remember, if your salt-chlorine-generator is operating and programed correctly you are generating chorine and should not need to add chlorine manually.
Salt-chlorinated pools require experience and knowledge to properly maintain and extend the lifetime of your pool and equipment. We now offer bi-weekly, weekly, or monthly maintenance on all pool and spas in Weber, Davis, and Morgan counties. Keep your pool a carefree, fun zone and leave the maintenance to us! However, if you choose to do it yourself, we are always a phone call or store visit away and would love to provide expert advice, high-quality chemicals, and materials for you to get the job done!