Myth: Converting to a salt pool eliminates chlorine from your water.
Fact: Converting to salt means you produce chlorine for your pool, from salt, rather than purchasing it.
Myth: Salt water will destroy your equipment.
Fact: Your pool water flows through PVC (plastic) piping, a plastic pump and a fiberglass/plastic filter….none of which are affected by the level of salt needed to produce chlorine. But, if you have a heater, there is a copper pipe (heat exchanger) in which the water flow through to be heated which can be affected by salt water. It’s best, in this circumstance, to have a manual bypass installed to bypass the heater, only moving the valves when you need to use the heater.
Myth: Salt water will destroy my plaster (or other finish).
Fact: The salt level required to produce chlorine is not high enough to damage plaster (or any other pool coating for that matter). Although, if you have any natural stone around your pool (i.e. slate, sandstone, limestone) you should have this sealed with Deck-o-Shield because it WILL be damaged by the salt water. Note: If you have a Polaris you may want to purchase a tail weight to keep it from spraying salt water on your deck or windows.
Myth: Converting to salt will make your pool maintenance-free.
Fact: There is no such thing as maintenance-free. Your pH will always be high as a result of the chlorine production process, so you will constantly be adding muriatic acid, and every 3 months you will have to inspect and clean the salt cell. It’s not maintenance-free, but it is a lot easier to maintain since you don’t have to worry about adding tablets to your chlorine feeded/floater.
Myth: Pool companies are no longer recommending converting to salt.
Fact: The pool companies that have retail stores are realizing that in a few years no one will be buying chlorine from their stores (which is their, and my, biggest sellers). So, to protect long-term profits, they stop selling/recommending them. The pool companies that do not have store and still do not recommend them probably have owners that do not know how to work on the systems and prefer to not have to learn any new skills.
My opinion: For the common pool owner who has little time and forgets to add chlorine a lot should definitely make the conversion because it will save money because they won’t have to repeatedly treat a green pool. For those who are testing and balancing their water on a regular basis, probably not.
Industry killing tip: For those wanting to convert to salt just to be able to swim in “softer” water…just add enough salt to your pool to raise the level to 3000ppm (about 13 bags for a typical 20,000 gallon pool) and you will have the softer water you’ve been wanting without the added expense of a chlorine generator.
Please email me if you have any questions about (salt) chlorine generators @ firstname.lastname@example.org.