About Salt Water Pool Maintenance
Salt water pools are popular alternatives to traditional chlorine pools. Proper salt water pool maintenance in Scottsdale is often less costly and requires less work than chlorine pool maintenance, and swimming in a salt water pool is generally healthier for you than swimming in a traditional pool.
As simple as salt water pool maintenance is compared to chlorine pool maintenance, it still needs to be done either by yourself or by a Scottsdale pool maintenance service. Here is what you should be doing if you want to keep your salt water pool working like it should.
Monitor the Salt Level
The automatic chlorine generator in a salt water pool requires a certain salt concentration if it is to function properly. This concentration or salinity varies from one generator to the next, but most salt water pools should have a salinity of 2,500 to 4,500 ppm. Check the salinity regularly. If it’s too low, add the appropriate amount of salt. If it’s too high, add some fresh water to balance it out.
Maintain the Proper pH
The pH of salt water pools is higher than that of chlorine pools, but it should stay between 7.4 and 7.8. Check the pH of your water at least once a week, and add muriatic acid as needed to keep it at the desired level.
Keep the Stabilizer Level Between 20 and 60 ppm
Salt water pools use cyanuric acid to protect the chlorine from the sun. Cyanuric acid is often referred to as stabilizer or conditioner, so you almost certainly have it with your pool maintenance kit. In any case, the stablizer level should be begtween 20 and 60 ppm if the chlorine in your pool is to keep it properly sanitized and safe for swimming.
Clean the Salt Cell Regularly
Even though the salt concentration in a salt water pool is much lower than the salt water of the ocean, it can still cause a calcium build-up on the plates of the salt cell. That is simply the risk that always comes with dealing with salt water. Check the salt cell on a regular basis, and clean it as needed. If there is too much calcium build-up, the salt chlorinator won’t work properly.
Salt water pools may be easier to maintain than traditional pools, but no swimming pool is completely maintenance free. You should be able to complete most of these tasks on your own, but don’t hesitate to contact a Scottsdale pool maintenance company if you’re uncomfortable completing the maintenance yourself or you have any questions about your salt water pool.