Opening Salt-Chlorinated Pools

You should never turn on your salt chlorinator until you have balanced your pool’s water and all levels are within range.

It is also important to maintain salt and stabilizer levels in order to prevent scaling and to maximize your salt system effectiveness and ensure a longer salt cell life.  Test your water periodically and use standard pool industry procedures to adjust levels.

As always, Hayward recommends bringing in a Pool Pro to open your pool each season.  The small investment you make can save you trouble and money down the road.


Proper Pool Chemistry Levels

Water Quality Parameter Ideal Levels
Salt 2,700 to 3,400 PPM
Free Chlorine 1.0 to 3.0 PPM
pH 7.2 to 7.8
Cyanuric Acid (Stabilizer) 30 to 50 PPM **
Total Alkalinity 80 to 120 PPM
Calcium Hardness 200 to 400 PPM
Metals 0 PPM
Saturation Index -0.2 to 0.2 (optimal)

** Should be lower or even 0 for indoor pools. Follow guidance of a local pool professional.   

PPM = Parts per Million


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