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Salt Water Pools

What is the salt water pool everyone has?
Salt water pools use the salt in the water to chlorinate the water. As the water runs throughout the pool filtration system, it passes through a cell where a low voltage current changes the structure of the salt water into chlorine. Salt water systems are not for everyone; consult your local builder for further details.

When using a salt system how much salt will be in my pool?
On any salt system, the optimum chlorine production occurs between 3200 and 4000 parts per million of salt. Zodiac (the salt generator we offer) recommends a salt level of 4000 ppm so that the addition of salt is not as frequently required. Allowing the salt level to fall below 2800 ppm may reduce the life of the cell. 4000 ppm is barely detective, the taste threshold is 3500 ppm for most people. In comparison, a teardrop is about 7200 ppm and ocean water is about 36,000 ppm.

What type of salt should I use?
It is important that the salt does not contain additives. Any common salt (like table salt) usually has an additive that may have staining properties. Consult your pool professional. They will make sure you use a suitable salt.

Will I need to add salt again after the initial dose?
Salt is lost only through splash-out and backwashing. It is not lost through the chlorination process or evaporation. So, you'll only have to add a small amount each year.

What if my salt levels are too high or too low?
Your salt system will continue to operate. However, if the salt dips below 2800 ppm, it can be damaging to the cell, possibly reducing its life. However, if the salt dips below 2800 ppm, it can be damaging to the cell, possibly reducing its life.