What is a salt water pool and how does it work?

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The salt water chlorinator is a small unit, about the size of a shoe box which is integrated into the pool’s plumbing near the filter and works while the filter is on.

The small unit or cell contains certain precious metals, ruthenium, iridium and titanium, which must be kept free of mineral deposits and calcium build-up, in order to function properly. It is in this cell that the magic happens.


-It does not balance the pool’s pH-


Hypochlorous Acid is what sanitizes swimming pools. When chlorine, of any type, is added to the water, it makes hypochlorous acid and that is what kills the algae and other bacteria.

The pH in the swimming pool is the determining factor of the potency of the salt water chlorinator. Without proper pH balance (the closer to 7.2 the better) the salt water generator will loose it’s effectiveness.

Salt levels in the oceans are anywhere from 20,000 to 35,000 ppm (parts per million). These levels are much too salty for use in swimming pools. Ideally, 3,000 to 6,000 ppm will create soothing soft water for swimming.

The salt water runs through the unit and is converted, by electrolysis, into chlorine gas and does not contain stabilizers like some other types of chlorine that may be used in swimming pools.

For the chlorine to remain in the pool for very long, chlorine stabilizers may have to be added, depending upon how much sunlight hits the pool, evaporating the chlorine.

What is a salt water pool and how does it work?

The amazing thing is that the salt levels pretty much remain and don’t need to be replenished very often.


-In Summary-

No more chlorine to buy, store or handle. The saline chlorinator terminates algae and bacteria by converting salt (the same kind you put in your softener) into chlorine for your pool.

It doesn’t mean a salt water pool is a chlorine-free pool. What it means is that the salt is transformed into chlorine to keep the algae down.

One teaspoon of salt per gallon is all that is needed to produce enough chlorine for the salt water pool that holds up to 40,000 gallons of water. It amounts to less than a pound and a half of salt each day.

When the, once converted salt-turned chlorine, is done sanitizing, it converts back to salt. Which means that you don’t need to replace it very often.

The beauty of the salt water pool is that the swimmers no longer get itchy, dry skin, faded bathing suits, green hair, and red eyes.


-Bees and Salt Water Pools-


Pools attract thirsty bugs, and bees are no exception. Having flowering plants near the pool only exacerbates the problem.

Bees go to the pool to drink, they cannot sit on top of the salt water and drown. One way to accommodate the bees is to have a place where they can go drink that is more appealing to them than your swimming pool.

A few drops of vinegar will attract them more readily to a strategically placed shallow tank, birdbath or other container kept full of fresh drinking water. It will make the “bees happy and attract birds and butterflies as a bonus.

A growing number of new pools built as well as existing pools can add this to their pool filtering system. Here are some benefits.

• No need to buy chlorine. Must maintain pH balance.

Feel the softness, no odor and no discoloring your suits, or hair.

• For any pool up to 40,000 gallons.

• Easy to read digital display of salt level. Plus, diagnostic information with status indicators.

User friendly adjustment to generate more or less chlorine.

• “Super Chlorinate” mode for times when the pool needs to be really disinfected. Usually about once a month.