Traditional water pools are cleaned and treated by Chlorine. For such pools you need to buy chlorine and anyhow treat the water with chlorine. One may experience a few chlorine symptoms such as red eyes and itchiness while the process.
How to Convert Your Pool to Saltwater Pool?
Saltwater pools are also treated and sanitized by Chlorine but one does not need to induce chlorine in the pool. Chlorine is generated in saltwater pool. The chlorine produced in saltwater pools is of higher quality and does not cause any negative effect.
Converting your pool into a saltwater pool is an easy process. Read on to know the step by step description of the process.
#1 Selecting your salt system
Selecting a salt system depends on a lot many factors.
- Size of the pool: Generally, the size of the pool ranges from 10,000 gallons to 100,000 gallons. The size of the salt system to be installed depends upon the size of the pool. Larger salt systems help because they for shorter period of time and don’t ask for battery replacement soon.
- Budget: The cost of salt systems ranges from $400-$2000. Cheaper models have few bells and whistles while the expensive models are loaded with many expensive features.
- Features: The various features of salt systems include salt readout, self-cleaning (or manual cleaning), self diagnostics and self readout.
- Replacement cell cost: Salt system cells need to be replaced after every 3-5 years. The cost of the cells ranges from $200-$700.
Installing the salt system is an easy process. You can hire a professional company for this process which will charge anything between $300 and $500. You can also make it a do-it-yourself project. It is usually a 3-6 hour job or you can tackle it over a weekend. The installation of this salt water system includes some basic plumbing and electrical work.
#3 Adding the salt
The next step after installing the salt system is to add salt to your pool. First of all you need to know the exact amount of salt you need. It will be between 400 lbs to 1000 lbs based on the size of the pool. Buy salt from any of your nearby store and distribute it evenly in the pool. Let the salt water system work uninterrupted for 24 hours. The ppm of pool water should be somewhere in between 3000- 3500 ppm. You can use pool salt test strips to check the accurate ppm of the pool water. You can start your salt chlorine generator in order to clean your pool.
You will need to add several bags of the salt into the pool throughout the year to maintain the required salt level.
Maintenance of the salt system means to get longer life out of your cell. Normally, salt cells last 3-7 years. Usually, calcium builds up on the blades of the cell. To prolong its life you need to soak your cell in diluted acid solution once a season. According to the best pool vacuum reviews one should not clean your cell too often or with highly concentrated acid solution.
We hope this step-by-step transformation guide will help you to convert your ordinary pool to saltwater pool.