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Buffer and added hardness do the same thing in a salt water pool as in a fresh water pool. The buffer (sodium bicarbonate aka bicarbonate of soda) stabilizes the pH of your pool so that addition of acid or base doesn't change the pH very much. The hardness, mostly Calcium, helps achieve water balance to make the pool neither deposit (precipitate) excess Calcium Carbonate to your pool surfaces nor corrode (remove) Calcium from your plaster pool surface. The combination of pH, Total Alkalinity (adjusted for Cyanuric Acid), Calcium Hardness, temperature and Total Dissolved Solids determines whether your water is balanced. Just keep these values near their recommended amounts for your pool and you should be fine. If you're a techie and want the full formulas, do a Google search for "Langelier Saturation Index".

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How to lower water hardness in a saltwater pool without draining the water?

NO cant be done

Do I adjust the hardness of a saltwater pool if its high?

Probably the least expensive is to replace some or all of the water(dependind on hardness) with fresh.

Can you go from chlorinated pool to saltwater pool?

Since a saltwater pool IS a chlorinated pool (the only difference is how the chlorine is addded since it is manufactured by the SWCG and not added separately) the answer is yes.

What do you add if alkalinity is low in your pool?

Buffer should be added.

Does saltwater system require a covered pool?

No, a saltwater pool does not need to be covered.

Can you heat a saltwater pool?

You can heat a saltwater pool. Options for heating your saltwater pool include solar heating, electric heating, and gas heating.

Are saltwater systems as good for your pool?

Many people will say that saltwater systems are as good for your pool as chlorinated systems. Saltwater systems are not as harsh on your pool system or for the people that enjoy the pool itself.

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.

Is there anything you can add that would increase the hardness to water in a pool?

Hardness increaser from your pool supply company

Can you swap your above ground pool to a saltwater pool?

Yes, it's easy! Just add a saltwater chlorinator between the filter pump and the pool intlet. Then add pool salt. Follow the directions in the manual and you will be swimming in your saltwater pool in 24 hours.

Can saltwater pool harm you?


Can you attach a saltwater system to a proseries pool?

You can attach saltwater system to non-Intex pro series pool.

Do you have to drain your swimming pool when converting it from a saltwater pool to a chlorine pool?

No, a saltwater pool is already a chlorine pool. ALL CHLORINE EVENTUALLY BECOMES SALT. Every pool that has ever had chlorine in it has salt in it.

Can community pool be saltwater?

no it is v.s. the law saltwater is bad to drink

Will the spray from your saltwater pool cleaner harm your plants?

I don't think there is such a thing as a "SALTWATER POOL CLEANER". You may have a pool cleaning device that works in either a salt pool or a standard no salt pool.

What is a fresh water swimming pool?

A fresh water swimming pool is a swimming pool that does not use a saltwater chlorinator. A pool that used a salt water chlorinator has salt added to it to so that a salt water chlorinator can electronically convert part of the salt into chlorine. A fresh water pool has chlorine added to it directly either manually or Automatically.

Can you get into a pool when the saltwater generator is on?


Is there a difference in swimming in a saltwater pool vs a freshwater pool?


How do you convert a saltwater pool to a chlorinated pool?

Add alot of iodine

Why would a saltwater filter swimming pool system say high salt?

Either the to much salt was added or the sensor is out of calibration or bad.

What type of chemical weathering is caused when rocks sit in a pool of saltwater?

Solution weathering occurs when rocks sit in a pool of saltwater.

Will buffer clear your cloudy pool?

Phosphate buffers put in cloudy pools will clear it up. The buffer clears the pool by reducing CH levels.

Can saltwater marine life survive in a salt water pool?

In a typical saltwater swimming pool nothing living other then micro organisms should be able to survive. In a saltwater pool with water, filtration and components designed for marine life, they could.

Can you make your chlorine pool into a saltwater pool without changing any equipment except the salt generator?

Yes A salt water pool is a chlorine pool any way the difference is that the chlorine in a saltwater pool is made from the salt electronically

Can you use pool salt in your pool with out the salt water system?

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.