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Salt Water Pool System FAQ's

Is this like swimming in the ocean?

No, the ocean has about 20,000 parts per million (ppm) of salt in the water, while a saltwater pool has only about 3000 parts per million salt.  At 3000 ppm, you generally cannot even taste the salt.  Any water under 6000 ppm is still considered fresh water. Your eye contains about 9000 ppm salt.

Is the pool water still blue?

Yes, since the salt water system creates chlorine, the water is still blue and also very clear.  A salt system gives your pool the best water quality you have ever seen.

Can I install it with my existing pool equipment?

Yes, since the water is still considered fresh water, it is compatible with all standard pool equipment (pumps, filters, heaters, poolsweeps, etc.)  If you have a stainless steel filter, check with the manufacturer.  To our knowledge, the newer Pentair Nautilus Stainless Steel filters are the only ones not compatible with salt systems.

Does this soften the pool water?

Yes, and this is another benefit of the salt system.  Many pool owners appreciate the soft feel of the water. 

Where does the salt go?

We add granulated salt (looks a lot like table salt, but without any additives) to the pool according to manufacturers instructions.  Most manufacturers recommend pouring it into the deep end of the pool, but read your directions carefully.  The salt quickly dissolves in the pool water.

Will I save money?

The fact that you are not having to use packaged pool chlorine will save a significant amount of money in the long run.  The REAL REASON to go with a saltwater pool system is because of the fantastic water quality.  The money savings is just icing on the cake.

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