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A salt water system is a pool with salt in it that generates it's own chlorine. A cell is plumbed into the system right before the water hits the pool. This cell is attached to a control box which tells the cell to generate chlorine from the salt. The only other consideration is differing metals in the water... which means if you have a metal (stainless steel, aluminum) ladder, you may want to swap it out with a plastic one.

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Q: How do you switch a chlorine system to salt water system?
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Can you switch from chlorine to a saltwater system just by installing a chlorine generator and adding salt?


Is a chlorine system or a salt water system better for sanitizing swimming pools?

Chlorine is a better system because it kills algie and the salt water atracts it.

How can you tell if the system is salt water or chlorine?

taste it

Do you have to drain a chlorine pool before converting to salt water?

No not alll. I had a chlorine system first. We transitioned to a salt system with no problems.

Is salt water or chlorine a better pool cleaner?

not salt water, but its better for your health! Salt is not a pool cleaner, it is usually there to make chlorine via a "salt system"

You currently have an above ground pool using a Baquacil not chlorine based system Can you convert this system to salt without problems?

You first have to convert the pool to a chlorine system As a salt water system is a chlorine system.

Can you switch to saltwater system if theres chlorine in the pool?

yes, a saltwater system is in fact a chlorine system anyway the difference being that salt is added to the pool and a chlorinator is put inline to convert part of the salt electronically into chlorine.

Will switching from chlorine chemical system to a salt water system ruin pool?

No A salt water pool is in fact also chlorine pool, the difference being that with a salt water pool a salt water chlorinator converts the salt that is in the water into chlorine gas which is then dissolved into the water while the filter is running. the conversion wont have any adverse effects on the pool.

What better salt system or chlorine?

A salt system makes chlorine, that's what its there for.

What to do if your salt water system is not producing chlorine?

Raise your stabilizer to 80ppm

Can you add chlorine to a saltwater pool system?

Yes, after all they are chlorine systems. the chlorine is made from the salt in the water. If you are not getting the correct chlorine level you may need to service or replace the salt water chlorinator.

Is a chlorine system or a salt water system the best for a lined pool?

A salt system IS a chlorine system. Chlorine is still the sanitizer. The salt system is there so a chlorine generator can make the chlorine from the salt instead of you having to deal with it. There is no such thing as "best", only tradeoffs. A salt system is expensive even if you break it down per year (with initial and replacement costs). However much less maintenance. A salt system IS perfectly safe for a vinyl, or any type, pool.

How do you switch from a chlorine based pool care system to a salt water system in a fiberglass pool following a season that left our pool water in a chlorine demand state?

Check with a pool company. The change involves a change in chemicals as well as with the pump and circulating equipment. The salt water system is much easier to maintain, the salt is cheaper than the other type of chemicals and it is easier on your pool surface. A salt system IS a chlorine system. chlorine is still the sanitizer. You have the salt so a chlorine generator can make chlorine instead of you having to buy it and deal with it. When you add up the costs, a salt system normally is NOT cheaper per year with replacement and initial outlay costs. The cost for a salt system normally runs from $600 to $1200 PLUS installation. The pump and other equipment does NOT have to be changed. Electricity has to be supplied to the new salt control panel and some replumbing to accommodate the salt cell.

Can you switch from chlorine to salt water halfway through the season?

Yes , When you go to a salt water pool you are installing what is called a saltwater chlorinator. These are an electrical device that converts the chloride in the salt into chlorine gas which is subsequently dissolved into the water effectively chlorinating it.

Is a chlorine system or a salt water system better for a fiberglass pool?

it doesn't really matter

Can you add a salt water system to an already chlorinated pool?

Yes, just install the chlorine generator and add the salt. Your new system will replace the need for residual chlorine.

What are the hazards from a salt water chlorine system?

Aside from the fact that chlorine is a corrosive substance there is no particular risk involved.

Is a chlorine system or a salt water system better for a black bottom pool?

A salt water system is a chlorine system. People mistakenly assume that the salt in a salt water system does the work of dis infecting the water, this however is a mistake. in a salt water pool there is what is known as a salt water chlorinator. This is an electronic devise that converts part of the salt (sodium chloride) into chlorine gas and this is in turn immediately dissolved into the pools water, automatically creating the chlorine required whenever the filtration system is operating So in either case the important thing is to see to it that the available chlorine levels along with associated water balance are correct Regular free water analysis done by many pool shops will help in the proper maintenance of your pool. the colour of the bottom of the pool makes litle or no difference in this.

Fresh water pool that you are thinking of converting to a Salt Water system your neighbors tell you that they have little or no maintenance with their Salt system?

I have a fresh water pool that I am thinking of converting to a Salt Water system. My neighbors tell me that they have little or no maintenance with their Salt system. The question I have is if I convert to a salt system why do I have to spend $1,000 on a Chlorine Generator.? If I add the salt, to change the softness and control the Algae then instead of purchasing a Chlorine Generator and paying the electricity costs why don't I just use my present automatic chlorinator with Chlorine Tablets? After a process called electrolysis is using the box of electronics breaks down the salt in the salt water In a salt system the electronic box is connected to the electrodes in the "Cell". So my point is that instead of generating chlorine from salt why don't I just add it like I don now with my fresh water system..

Does salt water evaporate faster than chlorine water?

No, salt water does not evaporate faster than chlorine water. Salt water contains chlorine. Therefore, they both evaporate at about the same rate.

What are the pros and cons of chlorination in swimming pools?

Chlorine specifically or all types of sanitizers. You need to have a sanitizer to keep the water clean. Chlorine and Bromine are the two most popular. There is other less common sanitizers. And remember, using a salt system does not mean you don't have chlorine. A salt system uses the salt to generate chlorine in the water.

How to switch from salt to putting chlorine in pool?

Simple just turn of the salt chlorinator and start treating it as a chlorine pool. A salt water pool is in fact a chlorine pool . the salt in the ater is converted into chlorine gass ellectronicaly and then desolved into the water. If you want to convert to the old way of chlorinating, simply keep an eye on chlorine levels and dont run the chlorinator. Ignore the salt it will weaken over time.

Is it easier to maintain a saltwater pool or a chlorine pool system?

Salt water pools

How do you get chlorine in a salt water pool?

Normally the salt/chlorine generator creates the chlorine as the system is running. This is accomplished by the chlorine unit sending a low voltage charge of electricity into the water as it flows through the inline unit and makes contact with the fins inside. When this occurs a separation takes place of the salt(sodium chloride) and the chlorine is then free to sanitize the water. The sodium is still in the water suspended for awhile and then reconnects with the leftover chlorine to be recycled through the system again and again.

What is the difference between a saltwater pool or a chlorine pool?

A salt water pool is a chlorine pool. The difference is that the chlorine is manufactured in the system by the chlorine generator. Otherwise NO DIFFERENCE!!