Salt Water Pool System - Cost, Maintenance, Benefits
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Above Ground Salt Water Pool SYSTEM

SHOP EARLY FOR SALT WATER POOLS • THE DEMAND FOR POOLS IN GENERAL IS HIGH IN 2021!

What is a salt water above ground pool?

Salt water above ground pools are a popular alternative to using harsh chemicals to sanitize your pool water. Salt water pools use a low level of salt and a chlorine generator to convert salt into chlorine that sanitizes your pool water. Traditional pools use chlorine that is added directly to the water. In a salt water pool, salt water chlorinization is a natural, safer and more convenient method of chlorinating pool water. Salt that is dissolved into the pool is converted into the perfect amount of chlorine for clean, clear & silky smooth water.


WHY CONVERT TO A salt water POOL?

Health concerns associated with traditional chlorine use include irritation to skin & eyes for those who are sensitive. Another advantage is salt water systems are more cost effective & a natural alternative. Pelican Pool Shops is ready to help you set up a new above ground pool salt water system, or convert your existing swimming pool.

A salt water pool system has two main components - the salt chlorine generator & the salt. The generator uses an electrode cell to convert pool salt into hypochlorous acid, a type of chlorine that keeps your above ground pool clean and disinfected. 


WHAT IS THE BENEFIT OF A SALT WATER POOL?

  • Less irriation to skin & eyes
  • Silky smooth water
  • Gentler on hair
  • Clearer water
  • Less $$ to maintain
  • No hazardous chemicals to store or handle

WHAT POOLS ARE SALT WATER COMPATIBLE? NOT ALL POOLS ARE COMPATIBLE!

Most above ground pools are constructed from: steel, aluminum & resin...

Consult the experts at Pelican Pool Shops to determine what is needed to complete a conversion.

Generally, if your above ground pool is constructed of steel or aluminum, it is NOT compatible with salt water pool systems. Those constructed from resin are generally compatible with salt water systems. Even if your pool has a "protective coating", you should not install or use a salt water sytem as they are susceptible to corrosion and oxidation. A resin above ground pool is constructed of all-resin components, excluding the pool wall. These types of pools are also easier to assemble, are stronger and more durable.

To keep your pool, and its components, rust-free you can install a "sacrificial" zinc anode. Added to your pool's plumbing, or even as a skimmer insert, the salt water will "eat" the inexepensive anode first which can be easily replaced every few years. With proper precautions and maintenance, your salt water pool will give you YEARS of backyard fun!

ARE SALT WATER POOLS MORE EXPENSIVE?

  • Salt water pool systems can have higher up-front costs. The salt chlorine generator is the most expensive component & usually lasts up to seven (7) years before needing replacement. The trade off of not having to handle or store dangerous chemicals is a definite benefit to salt water pool systems.

IS A SALT WATER POOL EASIER TO MAINTAIN?

YES! It's simple...Add salt to your pool's salt chlorinator and it will do all the work of making chlorine. Salt water pool systems also cost less to maintain, because there are no expensive and dangerous chemicals to handle or store.

HOW DO I MAINTAIN MY salt water POOL?

SIMPLE...With the proper testing, keeping your salt water pool balanced will keep your above ground pool clear and clean.

  • Keep your filter, pump and skimmer clean and in good operating condition
  • Regularly test your water's chemistry for free chlorine, salt, pH levels, total alkalinity, stabilizer and total hardness
  • Make any adjustments to balance your pool water
  • After severe weather, or heavy usage (after a party), test your pool's water chemistry

To minimize corrosion to your pool and its components, perform regular chlorine level tests to ensure they don't get too high. The ideal chlorine level for a pool salt water system is between 1.0 and 3.0, and your pool's pH should remain between 7.4 and 7.6.

salt water POOL SYSTEM pH LEVELS TEST HIGH?

  • Add muriatic acid

SALT WATER POOL SYSTEM PH TEST LOW?

  • Although a low pH test isn't common since the continual chlorine production by the salt water generator typically raises the pH, you can add either soda ash or sodium carbonate if your pH does test low.

NOTE: Incorrect chlorine and pH levels can increase the risk of damage to your pool, even above ground pools constructed from resin.

INSPECT YOUR CHLORINE GENERATOR EVERY 3 MONTHS OR SO

Some generators have built-in warning lights to remind you to inspect them, but mark your calendars to perform a visual inspection of the generator. Over time, scaling can build up inside the generator's cell which can reduce the cell's ability to produce the chlorine needed to keep your pool clean. If you have scaling, use a pressurized garden hose and a plastic scrubbing brush. If there's no scaling, just reinstall the generator.

SHOP PELICAN POOL STORE'S ABOVE GROUND SALT WATER POOL SYSTEMS

As always, if you have any questions, head on down to your local Pelican Pool Store and discuss purchasing a new above ground pool with a salt water system, or ask if you can convert your existing pool into a salt water system.

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    Whitehouse, NJ

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