Salt Water Pools
When you think of a salt water pool, you probably think it’s something like a pool full of ocean water, but this is not the case. Salt water pools are called that because, instead of using chlorine directly added to the water for sanitization purposes, they use salt which, when combined with a salt chlorine generator, helps to create a more natural feeling sanitization process. The salt in these pools is very mild, doesn’t taste bad and actually helps to give the pool water more of a silky feel. With regular cleaning, salt water pools can actually be quite enjoyable.
The best way to ensure a clean salt water pool is to have us test your pool water weekly. We test for both Free Chlorine and pH levels, making sure that both fall in line with safe salt water practices. Should your pool water be out of balance, we have the knowledge and training to bring your levels back up to par. In addition to these weekly tests, once a month, we also check for alkalinity, stabilizer and calcium which, when maintained correctly, can lead to less repair.
Salt Chlorinator Cleaning
Because the salt chlorinator (chlorine generator) is the one main thing that makes a salt water pool tick, it is imperative to regularly clean it, keeping it functioning as it should. Most chlorine generators will let you know if cleaning or inspection is needed, but it is always a good idea to have professionals, like us, take a look. We know that your schedule gets busy and that pool cleaning is often easy to overlook, but if things aren’t maintained and cleaned properly, your pool could become a boon on your bank account.
Filter, Pump and Skimmer
The other parts of your salt water pool, that work in tandem with your chlorine generator, are the filter, pump and skimmer. These devices help to keep the circulation of you salt water pool happening as it should. If these pieces become dirty, they can start to clog, which will being to reduce water flowing through them. If the water flow starts to become significantly reduced, the salt chlorinator will not work as it is supposed to. This will lead to the salt we add to your pool, not being transferred to chlorine, which can cause salt build-up and long term damage.
Standard Cleaning Practices
Beyond keeping the chlorine generator clean and working right and keeping the filter, pump and skimmer in proper working order, regular pool cleaning is also needed for salt water pools. This regular cleaning consists of water skimming, to remove insects and debris that your regular filter doesn’t get, brushing, which helps to remove salt buildup and algae from your pool walls and tile and underwater vacuuming, which collects heavier debris that has sunk to the bottom of your pool. By cleaning regularly, we can assure that the individual pieces of your pool system will last as long as possible.