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The Biggest Questions About Salt Chlorination

Before pool chlorinators, it was necessary to handle and store harsh chlorination chemicals in order to keep your swimming pool clean and safe for everyone to use. Today, advancements in the pool industry bring us a simpler and safer alternative; Salt Chlorination. We’re here to answer the questions we commonly hear about Salt Chlorination, and what exactly goes into the whole process.

What is Salt Chlorination?

Salt Chlorination is the natural and more convenient alternative sanitization method to traditionally harsh liquid or solid chemical chlorine. Hayward’s patented salt systems convert dissolved salt into just the right amount of chlorine, resulting in clean, clear, luxuriously soft water that is less work and worry for you—and your wallet.

How Popular is Salt Chlorination?

Nearly 1 million households worldwide have chosen to sanitize their pools with Hayward Salt Chlorination Systems. Salt satisfies 100% of your pool and spa’s sanitization needs, always leaving you with clean, clear, and luxuriously soft water without you lifting a finger.

Why Choose a Salt Chlorinated Pool?

  1. Saves up to 50% over traditional chlorine
  2. Water feels luxuriously soft and silky
  3. Easy to maintain Hayward’s reliable systems
  4. Reduces skin and eye irritation and won’t smell like chlorine

How Do I Convert to a Salt Pool?

With salt chlorination, you can get all the benefits of a conventional chlorinated pool – clean, clear water – without the negative side-effects, like chemical odors and irritated skin and eyes. Instead of using chemical chlorine to sanitize your pool, salt chlorine generators work by converting conventional salt into chlorine – it’s as simple as that!

Here’s how it works: Salt is added to the pool, and then pumped through an electrolytic cell where it’s converted to chlorine and then pumped back into the pool. The result is a clean, clear, luxuriously soft water that is less work and worry for you – and your wallet.

How Do I Maintain A Salt Chlorinated Pool?

Keeping your pool’s water chemistry in top shape is important, even for above-ground pools. Make it a habit to regularly check pH, alkalinity, hardness, and chlorine levels – they’re the key players here. You can swing by your local pool store for a free test or DIY it with handy test kits. Oh, and don’t forget about salt chlorination! Keep an eye on those levels every couple of months. If you’re dealing with heavy rain or cloudy water, give your chlorinator a boost with the “Super Chlorinate” mode for a full day. Also, remember to inspect those salt cells for any calcium buildup every 500 hours of use. Give ’em a good clean if necessary. And if you’re the type who shuts down the pool for the season, tackle this task before firing up your salt system again. Easy peasy, pool maintenance made simple!

Consult your Hayward-authorized dealer for technical advice and help choosing salt chlorination products that are right for your pool.

Did You Know?
A drop of water from a salt chlorinated pool contains less salt than a human tear. Here is a list of typical salt levels in common:
Ocean Water – 35,000 PPM
Human Tear – 9,000 PPM
Hayward Salt Pools – 3,000 PPM

For any pool, salt water operated or not, a drop in pH can be the biggest culprit to equipment damage, particularly metals. As for salt, some metal damage can occur overtime IF the system is not properly installed—proper installation means proper electrical grounding and bonding of the equipment. Likewise, using the correct quantity of salt in your pool produces luxurious, clean water. That said, too much salt can be corrosive to pool decks, railings, and equipment. Play it safe by contacting your local pool professional to ensure you are using the correct amount of salt in your pool.

Feel free to DM us on any of our social channels or contact your nearest pool servicer if you think of any more questions about salt chlorination!