There are so many different pool sanitizers, it can be confusing and downright frustrating to figure out which works best without having to spend a fortune. Technically, you have the options to use chlorine in liquid, solid (tablets), and even in gas form. There are other chemical options like bromine and even o-zone. If you’re thinking long-term, though, adding a salt water system might be your best bet to limiting algae blooms, having continuous chlorine at safe levels, and improving overall water quality.
Whether you’re taking care of your swimming pool or you’re searching for a pool service company in your area to handle your maintenance, here are some things to consider before choosing the best method for you.
Will there be a lot of kids in the pool? What about pets? If you’re anticipating good use out of the pool, especially by kids and pets, it’s highly recommended you install a salt chlorinator. These systems convert salt into chlorine at low, steady doses. That means there isn’t a huge fluctuation on chlorine levels as there would be if you used liquid chlorine.
You can set your salt system to generate chlorine at a rate as low as 1.0 ppm which is just enough to keep the pool sanitary, but significantly safer to swim in. Dumping a 2.5 gallon jug of chlorine, by contrast, will suddenly spike your chlorine levels to 10+ ppm creating dangerous swimming conditions which can easily irritate skin.
A big plus to adding a salt system is
the ease of use. All you have to do is add salt, which can be purchased at a pool supply store, as needed. The downside is the investment to have one installed. A pool service and repair professional can install one for you for about $1,000 or if you’d like more information you can check out Hayward Salt Systems by clicking here.
After installation, maintenance is pretty simple. Periodically you’ll want to remove your salt cell and clean it using a solution of muriatic acid to remove any debris and crystals. The one draw-back is you’re going to need to closely monitor your pH and alkalinity of the pool as the chlorine that’s generated from your system naturally has a very high pH. All this simply means is you’re going to be adding muriatic or hydrochloric acid to balance.
All in all, though, for the amount of money you’ll initially invest in a salt system, you’ll make plenty of it back in the lack of aggravation by always heading to a pool supply store to constantly refuel chemicals for your pool!