Simple Swimming Pool Salt System Tips

Finally, we are experiencing some summer weather although it has still not been above 80 for a week straight yet. What can I say you will have good seasons and bad all courtesy of mother nature when it comes to weather and murphys law when everything seems to break at the same time. Normally by now everyone is up and running with little to no problems but believe it or not I still have people opening their pools, so if you haven't yet get out there and enjoy what is left of the season as August may be our best swimming month of the year.
I have been getting a lot of questions about salt pools this year as this technology though not new seems to be catching on as time passes and we do a lot of inground systems so I wanted to touch base on the subject with some pointers for newbies. There are several salt systems out there some with digital read outs of your salt levels and other readings to make your pool environment better for swimming. Other systems are fairly simplified with no digital readings etc so getting your pool salt levels to where they should be may be trickier and require asking questions. Most salt systems should come with a chart that gives the amount of pounds of salt to add per the amount of gallons of your pool, if you are unsure call someone who will be able to give you the amounts. When adding salt give the generator and filter a chance to process 24-48 hrs before adding more remember you can always add more to the pool but if you add to much the only way to eliminate high salt levels is to dilute by dumping and adding fresh water (you don't want to have to do that). I also suggest taking your pool wall brush and moving the undissolved salt around the pool so it will dissolve quicker. Next, test your Cyanuric Acid levels which are especially important for salt pools as this helps retain your Chlorine levels, add Stabilizer if these levels are low. Although salt systems save on chemicals you will still need to add Alkaline and PH to get the pool balanced, remember if you have a heater these levels are important to maintain to avoid costly heat exchanger replacements. Lastly, should you get some algae in the pool you can switch the autochlorination button of the generator to shock the pool automatically or if you don't have that option put some algaecide in but I caution you to use a Poly 60 or Polyquat 60 it may be more expensive but we have had some instances with Poly30 or cheaper algaecides leaving a white film on the top of the pools and haven't had such problems with the Poly60. Lastly take a look at frequently asked questions as to the type of salt to use as there different grades and additives which should not be used in conjunction with your salt generator and follow manufacturers instructions carefully to protect your warranties.
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