Salt Systemsby Nikole on 02/19/13
More swimming pool owners are building their pools and installing a salt water chlorine generator to produce natural chlorine as opposed to traditional tablet, granule or liquid chlorine. A salt chlorinator processes water that has had pool grade salt added to it and uses the salt to produce chlorine that is eco-friendly and safe for bathers.
Without having to go back to high school for a chemistry class, the way a salt chlorine generator works is this: first, pool grade salt is added directly to the swimming pool. Pool grade salt may be purchased at Pool Xperts.
Next, as the salt water passes through the salt cell, a small electric current runs through the plates. At that point, a chemical reaction occurs and results in the release of chlorine gas. As the water is pushed through the cell, it combines with the gas and goes back into your pool. The fresh chlorine in your pool is 100% pure and kills contaminants as well as traditional sanitizers. Here is a diagram illustrating the process:
Now that you know how a salt chlorine system works, we should talk about the advantages and disadvantages of using this type of system instead of a traditional chlorine system.
- The biggest benefit of having a salt chlorine system is the low maintenance. After you add your initial batch of salt to swimming pool, you shouldn’t have to add more salt for at least three months. It is important to continue testing your pool water.
- Salt cells normally last from 3-5 years before they need to be replaced.
- Your pool water will feel silkier, smoother and better on your skin while making your water look cleaner.
- Using alternative sanitizers is better on the environment because of the reduced use of chemicals and waste.
· The initial cost of the salt system and installation.
· Replacement costs of the cell. Cells can last 3-5 years or more. Replacing the cell is easy to do but can be expensive to replace depending on which system you have.
· Most salt systems do not generate chlorine well in colder water. You can simply add manual chlorine and/or chlorine tablets during the colder seasons.
· Salt systems tend to drive up your ph in the pool. You need to balance the water more often than traditional methods. Failure to balance your pool will result in premature cell damage/replacement
As suppliers and consumers become more environmentally conscience, items like salt chlorine generators are just one of the many small changes we can make to help reduce our exposure to toxic chemicals. The initial cost may be more at the start, but in the long run, the overall savings you will experience is well worth the investment. Come in or call Pool Xperts and we can go over all the great benefits with you