If you want to convert your pool to saltwater are there any chlorine generators that will accommodate a 48000-gallon pool and where should you look and what would you expect to pay?
Being in the pool service business, I have installed many chlorine generators in residential pools. I haven't come across a residential unit that will accomodate more than 40,000 gallons (and I don't necessarily trust the manufacturers' optimistic estimate). I've installed 40K gallon residential units for about $1,500, but it seems you will probably need a larger, commercial unit, which, I've been told, can run $4,000 to $7,000 dollars, but do your homework: you may find an online deal.
Do you have to drain your swimming pool when converting it from a saltwater pool to a chlorine pool?
Is the chlorine produced in saltwater pool any different from a health or environmental perspective than chlorine used in chlorine pool?
Sure, you CAN, but why would you want to? The purpose of the salt in a saltwater system equipped pool is to provide the chlorine the saltwater system generates. It would be the same as having a saltwater system pool that the saltwater system went bad and you just installed an inline chlorinator in the plumbing instead of replacing the saltwater chlorine generator system so you could add chlorine with the tablets.
What is the additional electtical power requirement in KW or percentage needed for a saltwater pool vs a same size chlorine tablet pool?
Can you make your chlorine pool into a saltwater pool without changing any equipment except the salt generator?
If you look at it from the point of view of economy then its a matter of weighing out the difference in the expense of running the chlorine generator long enough to produce the required chlorine. or the cost of the extra chlorine. Often when saltwater chlorinators are installed they are under size to make the sale easier. so a third option is to install a larger chlorine generator. Theoretically you shouldn't have to boost…
Can chlorine generators result in unusually high chlorine readings and can they give false high readings for pH and TA levels?
I can't answer the initial question if chlorine generators give off high chlorine false readings. I have an inline chlorine dispenser and it seems to work just fine for me. But the second part of the question asking if high chlorine will give false readings for pH and TA. I have read that somewhere and I am currently researching to validate that finding.
Many people are choosing to remodel their swimming pool systems to add saltwater chlorination. With a saltwater pool system, a chlorine generator is added to the pool's filtration system. The water circulates through the chlorinator, where salt produces a chlorine gas that dissolves into the water. That chlorine in turn, breaks down and turns into salt, cycling the process all over again.
You cannot "contaminate" a chlorine pool or spa with salt or vice versa. Chlorine starts as salt. Chlorine generators use salt to make chlorine. Therefore your "salt" spa is already a chlorine spa, you are just not putting chlorine tablets in it. It is a very common misconception that a salt system is some how different than a chlorine system. There are no "salt generators" and the salt does nothing other than allow a "chlorine…
You are still typically using a salt-water generator to generate chlorine for most saltwater pools, so you are effectively still using chlorine. In effect, chlorine is still the sanitizer. You still need to pay for and haul salt and you typically need to replace a cell every 3-5 years at a cost of about $800. Then there are the potential harmful health effects of chlorine and corrosion to your pool and pool equipment.
I can't imagine it being any worse than a regular pool with chlorine in it. I find the saltwater pool has a very faint chlorine smell unlike a regular chlorine pool. The salt is supposed to be less than a tear (from your eyes) so it's not like you are swimming into extremely salty water. Besides salt is good for you skin especially if you have cuts or insect bites etc. Also, saltwater is good…
Saltwater pools are not seawater pools. Saltwater pools contain less than 1/3 as salty as seawater. What they use is a chlorine generator to convert salt to chlorine. This eliminates the requirement to add chlorine and other chemicals to your pool. The level of salt is approximate the same as softened water. The good side is you only have to add enough salt to replace what is splashed out as salt unlike chlorine doesn't evaporate.
Here is the deal. a "salt water pool" IS a chlorine pool. Only difference is, on a chlorine pool u add chlorine. In a salt pool u add salt and a "Salt Generator" turns the sslt into chlorine... so really both pools use chlorine.... Just saves u the trouble of messing with chlorine and chlorine shocks..
Saltwater pools generally will have a salt cell installed within the plumbing usually after the heater. It is the cell where the chlorine is produced. It should have a cord on it that leads to a power center. Having your water simply tested for salt will not determine whether or not it is saltwater. Even pools using liquid chlorine(Sodium Hypochlorite) can have high amounts of salt if they haven't been drained in a while. www.cwipools.com
True salt water pools have the same parts per million (ppm) as sea water which is roughly 35,000 ppm. We have a salt taste threshold of around 3,500 ppm and our eyes have about 7,000ppm. Most chlorine generators require a salt content of 3,000-5,000 ppm in the pool. You will feel the salt in a true salt water pool, most people don't notice the salt in a pool with a chlorine generator.