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How to use salt in a pool

Frequently Asked Questions

 

How does a salt water chlorine generator work?

As slightly salted pool water passes through the chlorine generator cell, electrolysis (which converts liquid into a gas) produces chlorine in the water.

 

How much salt is needed in the pool water?

Acceptable range for most salt water systems is 3400 - 4000 ppm.

Pounds of Salt Required for 3200 ppm
Pool Size - in 1000's of gallons
Salt (ppm)
8 k
10 k
12 k
14 k
16 k
18 k
20 k
22 k
24 k
26 k
28 k
30 k
32 k
34 k
36 k
38 k
40 k
0 213 267 320 373 427 480 533 587 640 693 747 800 853 907 960 1013 1067
200 200 250 300 350 400 450 500 550 600 650 700 750 800 850 900 950 1000
400 187 233 280 327 373 420 467 513 560 607 653 700 747 793 840 887 933
600 173 217 260 303 347 390 433 477 520 563 607 650 693 737 780 823 867
800 160 200 240 280 320 360 400 440 480 520 560 600 640 680 720 760 800
1000 147 183 220 257 293 330 367 403 440 477 513 550 587 623 660 697 733
1200 133 167 200 233 267 300 333 367 400 433 467 500 533 567 600 633 667
1400 120 150 180 210 240 270 300 330 360 390 420 450 480 510 540 570 600
1600 107 133 160 187 213 240 267 293 320 347 373 400 427 453 480 507 533
1800 93 117 140 163 187 210 233 257 280 303 327 350 373 397 420 443 467
2000 80 100 120 140 160 180 200 220 240 260 280 300 320 340 360 380 400
2200 67 83 100 117 133 150 167 183 200 217 233 250 267 283 300 317 333
2400 53 67 80 93 107 120 133 147 160 173 187 200 213 227 240 253 267
2600 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 110 120 130 140 150 160 170 180 190 200
2800 27 33 40 47 53 60 67 73 80 87 93 100 107 113 120 127 133
3000 13 17 20 23 27 30 33 37 40 43 47 50 53 57 60 63 67
3200 ideal ideal ideal ideal ideal ideal ideal ideal ideal ideal ideal ideal ideal ideal ideal ideal ideal
3400 ok ok ok ok ok ok ok ok ok ok ok ok ok ok ok ok ok

WHAT IS BALANCED WATER?
Water balance is composed of several key factors – pH, total alkalinity, calcium hardness and TDS. All of these factors are important, but none more so than pH. pH is a measurement of the concentration of hydrogen ions in water. It is measured using a logarithmic scale from 0 to 14, with pH 7 being neutral. For pool water to be in balance, all factors must be in their proper range. That range may vary slightly depending on the fi nish of the pool and the average temperature of the pool water. The one value that never changes is pH. It must be maintained between 7.2 and 7.8 for a pool to be considered “balanced.”

Water Quality Parameter Ideal Levels
pH 7.2 to 7.8
Free Chlorine 1.0 to 3.0 ppm
Total Alkalinity 80 to 120 ppm
Salt 2,700 to 3,400 ppm
Stabilizer 60 to 80 ppm
Calcium Hardness 200 to 400 ppm
Total Dissolved Solids
Less than 6,000 ppm



Will the pool water taste salty?

No,the salt level is at the taste threshold. The concentration of salt in the pool water is approximately 1/10 th of the level in ocean water and is below the level of taste for most people. This level of salt is equivalent to 1 teaspoon of salt in a gallon of water.

 

What kind of salt is needed?

Electronic chlorine generators for salt water pools use (i) ordinary food salt, (ii) solar salt, (iii) water softener salt. Regardless of what type of salt you use, make sure it is 99% pure salt (NaCl). Never use rock salt o salts that are more than 1% "anti-caking agents", "yellow prussiate of soda" or "Sodium ferrocyanide" Water softener salt is generally used, though you can also use ordinary food grade salt. The salt should be 99.5% pure. Never use rock salt (ice melt) or salts that have more than 1% of "anti-cracking agents" and YPS (Yellow Prussate of Soda) which may cause staining in pools.

 

How often do I have to add salt?

Once or twice a year depending how much fresh water or rainfall is added to the pool. A good procedure is to add enough salt to be near the top of the salt level range for your chlorine generator. Check monthly the stabilizer ( conditioner, Cyanuric Acid) level in your pool and make sure is is between 60 to 80 ppm. Stabilizer helps keep the chlorine in the water by protecting it from UV rays from the sun. Since all the chlorine added to the pool eventually reverts to salt, it is very important to measure the salt level to existing pools before adding any salt.

 

How to add salt

After determining the amount of salt to add from the table above, hold 1 or 2 bags in reserve. Dump the remaining bags directly in to the pool and brush the salt around to speed the dissolving process. Do not allow salt to sit in a pile at the bottom. Salt water is heavier than fresh water so salt water tends to accumulate at the deepest part of the pool. Run the filter system with suction coming from the main drain for 24 hours to evenly distribute the salt throughout the pool. For new plaster pool, consult with the applicator for the minimum cure time required before adding salt to the pool

Why does the salt level in ppm for some chlorine generators differ from others?

Different brand chlorine generators have deferent salt level. A higher salt level lets the chlorine generator produce more chlorine and helps extend cell life. Please refer to the owner manual of the brand of chlorine generator you're using.

 

Salt Display

The salt display responds slowly to rapid changes in salt level. It takes up to 24 hours of circulation for the salt to be evenly distributed in the pool. Be patient and do not overreact by adding too much salt. If the salt level is still too low after 24 - 48 hours, add the reserve bags

 

Hayward Aqua Rite Chlorine Generators

 

Aqua Rite Salt System Model
 
Description of Salt Water System, Features
SALE PRICE
     
FREE SHIPPING
AQ-RITE-40
Aqua Rite Salt System 40k gallons. power center and cell
$1099

       
AQ-RITE-25
Aqua Rite Salt System 25k gallons. power center and cell
$939


       
AQ-RITE-15
Aqua Rite Salt System 15k gallons. power center and cell
$779


   
Hayward Salt & Swim™ 3C Do-it-yourself Salt Water System for In-ground Pools
 
   
Salt & Swim 3C provides complete pool and spa sanitization by converting ordinary salt into 100% pure available chlorine. And because salt doesn’t wear out or evaporate, it’s used over and over to make your supply of fresh chlorine virtually endless. A well maintained cell will produce 200 lbs of 100% pure available chlorine which is equivalent to bucketloads of Trichlor and a ton (literally) of liquid chlorine.
 
Hayward Salt & Swim™ 3C Do-it-yourself system Complete with 12 Month Cell
$599
       
Hayward Salt & Swim™ 3C Do-it-yourself system Complete with 6 Month Cell
$549
       
Aqua Rite Pro, 40k gallons 15 ft. cord w/ options for Total Pool Chemistry *
$1189

   

 

 
Aqua Rite Pro, 25k gallons 15 ft. cord cord w/ options for Total Pool Chemistry*
$1029


       
Aqua Rite Pro, 15k gallons 15 ft. cord cord w/ options for Total Pool Chemistry*
$869

       
   
Aqua Trol salt water chlorine system for above-ground pools
 
AQ-TROL-HP
Aqua Trol Chlorine Generator with Time Clock, Hose/pipe Fittings Straight Blade, Line Cord and Outlet
$795
       
 
Aqua Trol Chlorine Generator with Time Clock, Hose/pipe Fittings twist Lock, Line Cord and Outlet
$745
       
 
Aqua Trol Chlorine Generator with Time Clock, Return Jets Fittings twist Lock, Line Cord and Outlet
$565
       
 
Aqua Trol Chlorine Generator with Time Clock, Return Jets Fittings, Straight Blade, Line Cord and Outlet
$579
       
   
Aqua Plus simplifies and enhances pool and spa ownership by combining automation and salt chlorination. This all-in-one solution is easy to install and operate with many options to choose from – like chemistry automation, remote control and more.
 
PL-PLUS
Aqua Plus P-4 base system pool automation and salt water system

$1271

       
PL-PLUS-16V
Aqua Plus PS-8 base system pool automation and salt water system

$1799

       
   
Water Chemistry Sense and Dispense Kits
 
 
Chemistry kit, 1 pH and ORP Sense, ORP dispense
$459
       
 
Chemistry Kit, pH Dispense
$219
       
   
Aqua Rite Turbo Cell Upgrade Kits
FREE SHIPPING
T-CELL-15
Upgrrade Kit
AQL-CL Turbo Cell Upgrade Kit including 40k gals. 15 ft.cable,
$539
       
T-CELL-9
Upgrrade Kit
AQL-CL Turbo Cell Upgrade Kit including 25k gals. 15 ft.cable,
$379
       
T-CELL-3
Upgrrade Kit
AQL-CL Turbo Cell Upgrade Kit including 15k gals.15 ft.cable,
$229
       
   
Universal Replacement Cells
(For Older Aqua Rite, Aqua Logic systems)
 
       
P-KIT
Salt Water System Plumbing Kit, includes Flow sensor and two unions. You'll need this if you're upgrading your Pro Logic or Aqua Logic control system to add salt water chlorinator.
$139
       
GLX-PCB-MAIN
AquaRite Salt generator replacement PC board

$469.95

       

GLX-FLO-RP
Flow Switch
Aqua Rite Chlorine Generator Flow Switch
$119

 

Jandy Aqua Pure Pool Chlorine Generator

Model
Capacity (gals.)
Voltage
Chlorine Generated
SALE PRICE
 
AquaPure Salt System Combo PLC700 Cell and APUREM Power Pack for pools up to 15,000 gal.
115-230
0.65 lbs. / 24 hrs
$849.0

FREE SHIPPING
AquaPure Salt System Combo PLC1400 Cell and APUREM Power Pack for pools up to 40,000 gal.
115-230
1.25 lbs. / 24 hrs
$989.00

FREE SHIPPING
         
AquaPure Chlorine Cell PLC700 with Flow Switch and cord for 20,000 gal
2" PVC
115-230
$395
         
AquaPure Chlorine Cell PLC1400 with Flow Switch and cord for 40,000 gal
2" PVC
115-230
$539
         
APUREM Power Pack for APURE AquaPure™ salt water generators
   
$539.00

Replacement Flow Switch


$179

         
Replacement Flow Switch    

$189
         

Valve actuator
Part # 4424

-
24 volts
$229.00

 

 


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