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Your Guide to Maintaining a Salt Water Pool


Imagine all the fun of a pool without the smell of chlorine, the constant purchasing of chemicals, the high maintenance demands, with the added bonus of the softest water possible. Sounds pretty good, right? These are just some of the reasons more and more homeowners are turning to salt water pools. That said, there are some specific tasks involved with maintaining a salt water pool in its best condition. So, whether you’re researching what it might look like to have a salt water chlorine generator for your home or whether you’re a salt water pool owner looking for advice, let’s get into the basics of salt water pool maintenance.

This blog outlines the benefits of salt water pools and the key tasks involved in maintaining them safely. To enquire about installing a salt water chlorine generator for your pool, contact Supreme Heating today.

Benefits of a Salt Water Pool

In your traditional pool, chlorine is added directly into the pool water, which often involves the handling of dangerous chemicals and sometimes harsh consequences for the swimmer. As technology in the pool industry has advanced, salt water chlorination has emerged as a simpler, safer, and cheaper alternative. Salt water chlorination makes sanitization as simple as adding salt and allowing your pool’s salt chlorinator to make chlorine. No purchasing and adding chemicals yourself – and the result is clean and incredibly soft water!

Even better, salt water pools have a notably lower cost of operation than traditional pools do. Now that you aren’t buying and storing chlorine to constantly burn through, you’ll be saving yourself money year after year, all while reaping the benefits of a more comfortable pool. And don’t worry – the water isn’t salty! Salt water pools have about 1/12th of the salinity of the ocean.

Daily Maintenance

Required maintenance for a salt water pool can be divided into three easy categories: daily, weekly, and monthly. Whilst these pool systems are certainly low maintenance, that doesn’t mean there aren’t essential tasks you’ll need to carry out to keep your pool clean and your salt chlorine generator working properly. In terms of daily tasks, they’re all pretty straightforward. Essentially, you’re looking to do visual checks of your system to make sure everything is clean and running as it should. This includes:

  • Emptying the pump basket
  • Clearing the skimmer
  • Removing any visible debris from the pool

Keeping all these things clean on a daily basis is going to save you valuable time and money in the future!

Weekly Maintenance

Your weekly maintenance jobs should become a staple for you. Set aside one day of the week to be your regular pool maintenance day – scheduling things out nicely can make it a part of a routine, and you’ll be far less likely to forget to do your necessary tests. Every week, you should test your pool’s pH and chlorine levels with a testing kit or testing strips. You’re looking for your pool’s pH level to be somewhere between 7.2-7.6, and the free chlorine test should come up between 1.0 and 3.0 ppm.

If anything is off, adjustments will need to be made. You can adjust chlorine levels by changing your chlorine generator accordingly through the control dial, and you can raise salt levels with sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) or lower them with sodium carbonate.

Monthly Maintenance

Once a month, your checks will need to be a little more involved. There are four key things to check every month: salinity, alkalinity, stabiliser, and calcium. For salinity, you’re looking for your level to be between 2700 and 4500 ppm. Your pool may vary slightly, but you can refer to your owner’s manual. If your generator doesn’t come with a salt meter, you can purchase one to use for this test.

Proper alkalinity levels are between 80 and 120 ppm. As mentioned before, levels can be raised with baking soda or lowered with sodium carbonate or muriatic acid. The preferred stabiliser for salt water pools is cyanuric acid, and that should be testing between 70-80 ppm. Finally, to prevent scaling and corrosion, you should be testing to see 200-400 ppm of calcium in your pool.

Contact Supreme Heating to Learn More About Salt Water Pools

Looking to invest in a new salt water pool? Curious about switching your current pool over to a salt water chlorine generator? Have questions about your salt water pool you need answered by an expert? Whatever it is you need, the Supreme Heating team are here to help. As your Australian pool experts, our friendly team is ready to answer your call and talk you through everything we know about salt water pools.

Pick up the phone today to chat with a team member and get your very own salt water pool set up.


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