Salt chlorination systems work quite differently than other types of pool chlorination systems. Instead of using chemicals added into the pool, salt systems use chemistry to turn salt into chlorine.
How do salt systems work?
A lot of people think that salt systems are non-chemical and chlorine free, but they are mistaken. Salt systems do create less chlorine than traditional chlorine systems. Salt systems do use chemicals, but it just so happens that the chemical reactions take place in your pool instead of being added after the fact
For most salt chlorination systems, the process starts with the addition of salt into the pool. Some systems are as easy as pouring the salt into the bottom of your pool and stirring it up a bit, others are more involved.
Once the salt is introduced into the pool and dissolved, the generator breaks down the salt into two different compounds using salt’s natural conductivity. These compounds, hypochlorous acid and sodium hypochlorite, are what sanitizes the pool. The byproduct of the chemical breakdown is chlorine.
What are the benefits of salt systems?
There are many benefits to using a salt chlorination system in your pool. For example, many people find that salt chlorinated water is less irritating on their eyes and skin, and there is little to no overwhelming chlorine smell associate with salt systems. Salt systems are often cheaper to maintain than traditional chlorine pools. Salt systems also have the benefit of having a constant source of chlorine as long as salt levels are maintained.
Especially for people who are sensitive to the harsh effects of chlorine, a salt system is a great alternative to traditional chlorine tabs or other chlorine additive based systems.
What are the downsides to salt systems?
The downside to having a salt system is on par to just about any pool sanitizing system- maintenance. If your salt chlorination system is not maintained properly, the comfort and safety of your swimming pool can be at risk.
The amount of salt in your pool needs to be kept to the correct levels to ensure proper sanitation. Too little salt can mean that your pool is not being chlorinated properly and the water can become unsanitary. Too much salt can make the water taste and smell salty, as well as corrode your pool and equipment.
When adding salt to your system, you need to ensure that you are using the right type of salt as well as the right amount. The type of salt that you use will vary depending on what type of system that you have.
How can a pool professional help me?
A trained pool professional, such as those at Hersey Pool Services in Jacksonville FL, will know exactly how to install, repair, and maintain a salt chlorination system.
A smooth salt water pool could be exactly what you need to keep your family cool and relaxed this pool season.
Call the professionals at Hersey Pool Services today to discuss your questions or concerns about salt systems, and be on your way to a healthy, happy, and beautiful pool.