Why Should I Convert to a Salt Water Pool?
The earliest salt water pools date back to the 1960s. Although they’ve been around for several decades, they have been growing in popularity in recent years due to the many health and wellness benefits associated with salt water.
Different from traditional chlorine pools, salt water pools use ordinary table salt as a disinfectant. The addition of a salt cell chlorinator to your existing pool equipment will convert that salt, through a process known as electrolysis, into chlorine gas which acts to sanitize the pool water by neutralizing bacteria and algae.
Converting to a salt water pool can offer the following benefits:
- Hydrate, exfoliate and protect your skin
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Relieve sore muscles and joint pain
- Avoid itchy, burning red eyes
- Improve your respiratory health
Salt Cell Installations
Salt cells are generally installed directly into the plumbing of the current pool equipment. A salt cell is installed as the final piece of hardware on your pool equipment plumbing. The power center can be installed near the equipment control panel or another location where a power source is present. Once the cell and power center are installed, the final touch is adding the salt into the pool. This is done by adding salt and brushing it into the pool until it’s fully dissolved. It is important to not let the salt sit at the bottom of a pool for too long, as this can corrode the pool bottom. Salt pools typically require between 3000ppm and 3500ppm salt in the water; too little or too much will affect the production of the cell.
New salt cell systems take up little to no space on the equipment pad. The cell itself takes about 8-12 inches of space in the current plumbing. The power center takes up approximately one square foot of space near your control system. This is all that is needed to get you a complete saltwater pool with the many benefits that they offer!
Salt Cell Maintenance
Maintaining Water Chemistry
The common myth behind salt pools is that they require no extra chemicals and zero maintenance. While it’s true that a salt pool generally requires less maintenance and fewer chemicals, that does not mean there will be zero maintenance associated with them. Saltwater pools naturally run at a higher pH and will need to be controlled using muriatic acid more frequently. Saltwater pools will also need more cyanuric acid than chlorinated pools as well. Typical salt systems run best between 50-65ppm cyanuric acid levels to produce the right amount of chlorine in the pool.
Salt systems also require salt to be added to the pool every so often. Appropriate levels of salt are required to ensure the salt chlorinator is able to efficiently generate chlorine.
Cleaning Your Salt Cell
Salt cells should be cleaned on a quarterly basis to eliminate any calcium or mineral deposits that may develop. Due to the nature of the chemical reaction taking place within the salt cell, it’s common to have some calcium build up within the salt cell itself. A quick 10-minute acid bath can take care of that.
Steps to cleaning your salt cell –
- Remove the cell from the unions.
- Place the salt cell in a deep bucket; ensure the electrodes are exposed.
- Fill half the bucket with water.
- Fill half the bucket with muriatic acid. Always add the muriatic acid after the water, never the opposite.
- Let the bucket sit for approximately 10 minutes.
- Now it’s time to remove the salt cell. You’ll want to pour the mixture into your pool (or other safe disposal area), and carefully remove the salt cell. Beware, direct contact with the acid-water mixture can cause severe injury.
- Wipe off any excess debris you see within the salt cell.
- Re-plumb the salt cell back into your system.
- Lastly, run your pool system to make sure there are no leaks.
Salt Pool Conversions & Salt Cell Installations
Most salt cells have a lifespan of 3 to 5 years, depending on how big your pool is and how hard they have to work to keep your pool sanitary. If your salt cell stops working efficiently, it might need to be cleaned. If you’ve cleaned it, and it’s still not functioning properly, it’s probably best to replace it with a new one.
When it comes to replacing or installing a salt cell in San Diego, our team is here to be of service. We perform all types of salt pool services, including:
- Salt pool conversions
- Replacement of existing salt cell
- Installation of new salt cell
- Installation of power center
- Integration with smart devices and pool automation systems
- Quarterly salt cell cleanings
About Our Repair Department
Our in-house team of repair technicians are trained and ready to assist with all of your repair needs. We have decades of experience in pool and spa equipment repairs for residential and commercial accounts, including pool pumps, pool heaters, pool filters, automation, valves and actuators, skimmers, in-floor cleaners, auto vacuums, timers, pool safety devices, electrical and more. We work directly with every major manufacturer of pool equipment (Pentair, Jandy, Hayward, and more) to ensure we can offer the most competitive pricing in San Diego.
When it comes to our repairs, we believe in clear and honest communication, transparency, and providing the best possible customer experience. From scheduling an initial service call to completing the job, you won’t have to wonder what the status of the project is, how much it’s going to cost, or when it will be finalized.
As one of the most trusted and reliable pool repair companies in San Diego, we always stand behind the quality of our work. If we make a mistake, you can rest assured that we will be back to fix it immediately, and at no additional cost to you.