Top 6 Salt Myths
Salt chlorination is the most popular method of sanitizing pools and it is no wonder when you consider the comfort, convenience and cost savings it provides. Despite its popularity, there remain a number of myths amongst consumers about various aspects of this water treatment method.
This article will hopefully dispel some of them for you.
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You cannot switch to salt chlorination if you previously had a traditional chlorinated pool
Not true. In fact, it is easier than ever before to switch from a traditionally sanitized pool using chlorine liquid or tablets, to a salt pool. All you need to do is install a Hayward AquaRite salt chlorination system into your existing pool equipment, and add salt to your pool (one teaspoon for every gallon of water). The process normally takes a pool service technician just a few hours from start to finish.
You need harsh chlorine chemicals to properly sanitize your pool and ensure the water is safe and crystal clear
Absolutely false. A good quality salt sanitization system actually converts salt into the ideal levels of chlorine, so you can rest assured that bacteria and other nasties in your pool will be safely killed. Better yet, it achieves this without causing eye irritations, itchy skin, chemical odors and even discolored hair. And you’ll notice the silky soft water immediately.
You will need to drain your pool to switch to salt chlorination
False. You do not need to drain your pool when switching to salt chlorination if you have been using traditional chlorine to sanitize your pool. Even with traditional chemical chlorination, salt will build up.
You’ll need a different filtration system
This is false. Salt chlorination systems are conveniently added on to your existing pool pad, and serve as a replacement for handling and adding chlorine tablets to your pool for sanitization. You do not need to replace any of your other parts such as filters, pumps or heaters.
The water will taste salty
False. Salt chlorinated pools have about 1/10 the salt concentration as the ocean. In fact, the salt levels in salt pools are about the same salinity as a human tear, and that’s why eyes aren’t irritated like they are after swimming in chemical chlorine-treated pools. You will only be using one teaspoon per gallon keeping your salt levels around 3000 parts per million (PPM).
You’ll never need to shock your water again
This is not true. You will have to maintain proper levels of pH, total alkalinity, and water hardness whether it is salt chlorinated or traditional forms of chlorination. Proper water balance helps protect pool equipment and swimmers by making the chlorine more effective at destroying bacteria, viruses and algae.