Summer in South Florida is quickly approaching. We’re entering the high-usage season of pool parties and just everyday fun in the swimming pool. It also means, especially here in Boca Raton, a lot of rain and sun! With the increase of pool activity, increase of water temperature, rain, and sun, there is also a much higher demand for chlorine in the pool. Higher chlorine demand means higher chlorine levels which, of course, leads to damage to the hair, skin, and our bodies as a whole.
As a swimming pool cleaning service in Boca Raton, we’re asked to walk a tight rope when we sanitize swimming pools this time of year. We’re fully aware that folks want to enjoy safe swimming conditions with their family and even pets. On one hand, if the effort of using less chlorine, we don’t add enough chemicals, we run the risk of algae blooms which results in shocking the pool. On the other hand, we have to account for an entire week’s worth of chemical usage so most pool services add more than enough chemicals and advise the homeowners to stay out of the pool for a few days.
This is the exact reason why we highly recommend the installation of an automatic salt chlorinating system. Contrary to belief, installing a salt system in your pool doesn’t mean you’ll be swimming in ocean-like water where chlorine doesn’t exist. The process, instead, involves the conversion of salt (that we add to the pool) into chlorine.
“What’s so great about salt chlorinators if I’m going to be swimming in chlorine still?”
There are a handful of benefits to having a salt system over traditional methods like liquid or dry chlorine tablets.
- Consistent chlorine levels
- Little-to-no need to “shock” anymore
As explained earlier, the traditional method of chlorinating a pool is an educated guess of weather, usage, and time in between pool service visits. Since, it’s better to err on the side of caution, most pool service professionals in Boca Raton will keep the free chlorine levels higher than the normal 3.0ppm suggested level. That is because in the summer time, there is a lot of rainfall (which dilutes the chlorine concentration), extended sun hours (UV rays kill chlorine), increased temperature (which increases the demand for chorine) as well as the chlorine necessary to fight off the impurities of people and pets jumping in and out of the pool.
With a salt chlorinator, your sole responsibility to keep chlorine generating is to keep the required salt levels. After, simply set the chlorinator to the desired production rate and you will have a steady flow of chlorine at rates as low as 0.5ppm (WAY less chlorine than traditional methods).
It’s recommended to “shock” or superchlorinate swimming pools about once per month. This is done to eradicate all the impurities of the swimming pool that build up, but also because inevitably chlorine levels drop so low during traditional chlorinating, that it’s common to see algae growth time to time. Because salt-systems are always producing chlorine, your pool won’t see the sharp decline, thus reducing the need to shock.
Salt systems do require maintenance time to time. It’s recommended to clean the cell every 6 months and salt cells will go bad every 4-5 years. They’re also a bit of an investment as initial purchase and professional installation starts at $1,500 and bags of salt are more expensive than liquid chlorine. All in all though the benefits surely make up for the costs as you’ll enjoy a better and safer swim experience. For information on salt system chlorinators and an estimate, call us at Tiki Pool Services (561) 320-1899.