Having a swimming pool in your backyard is a big luxury, so maintaining and taking care of your pool is vital. This is especially the case if you have a salt water swimming pool. Salt water is different because it doesn’t require chlorine, which is a harsh, and sometimes caustic chemical used to balance the chemistry of a pool. However, more and more people are catching on to salt, which is softer, less caustic and offers a more therapeutic pool experience. Yet, salt water pools do require extra care and attention, because the salt could build up on the bottom of the pool and it could start eating away at the floor and walls. Here are some salt water swimming pool care and maintenance tips for homeowners.
- Always make sure the salt content in your pool is adequate. If you let the salt content get too low, it could cause the pool to become dirty and bacteria can start to proliferate. The difference between salt and traditional chlorine is that that the salt dissolves more quickly. So, you want to always pay attention to the salt levels – too much salt and your pool could become uncomfortable to swim in.
- Don’t let too much salt build up at the bottom of your pool. If you have a cement pool, you don’t want too much salt to build up on the floor because it could cause erosion. So, if you start to see white sheets at the bottom of the pool, you want to turn on the pool filter and have the water circulated for a few hours. If there is still salt at the bottom of the pool, you may have to take a long pool net and mix it up.
- You want to make sure salt doesn’t build up around lights and other electrical features. Electrical lights under your pool are set up so that they don’t cause electrical shock or pose any danger. However, if salt builds up around lights, it could cause the lights to become unsafe. So, on a weekly basis, you want to go around to every underwater light and scrub off any salt sediments that may be building up. The last thing you want is exposed electrical features.
- Make sure that the pool you have is equipped for salt water conversion. Only some pools are equipped for salt water conversion. For instance, if you visit SwimEx, you will see a lot of pools that are specially designed for salt water chlorination. If you convert a pool that wasn’t intended for salt water conversion, you could be in for a lot of problems later down the line.
- Brush your pool on a regular basis. To prevent sediment build up, you want to brush the sides of your pool at least once a week, especially if you are swimming in the pool regularly. When you get out of the pool, all that salt water will drop to the bottom and sides of the pool. In the end, a regular brushing will make sure your salt water pool stays clean and swimmable.