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How do I change my swimming pool water from Chlorine to salt water?
My pool is contollrd by chlorine tablets, but the water may be bad for my wife's skin. We are considering changing to salt water. <<<<<<<<<<<is this easy and is it costly?
A salt pool is just a way of generating chlorine for the water. It requires levels of salt at 3,500-4,000ppm and this water passes through a generator cell that converts the free floating chlorine ions (from the sodium chloride... salt) into hypochlorous acid (the compound in all chlorinated pools).
If your wife has a problem with chlorine then she will have a problem with a salt chlorinated pool as well unfortunately.
You can easily convert it.... stop using chlorine for 48-72 hours. Add enough salt to raise the levels to 4,000ppm. Install the generator cell between the pump and the filter. Plug it in and let it run for a few days on high settings, check the chlorine levels to ensure they are between 3-5ppm, then adjust the generator back down to maintain these levels.
You don't need the pool store to do it, you don't need special things to do it, and you still need to maintain the rest of the water chemistry... the only thing you don't have to do is maintain chlorine tablets in the water.
You have to clean the cells in weak hydrochloric acid solution periodically and this removes some of the precious metals on the cells. This means you have to replace them every couple years ($200+ depending on the type) so the cost washes out to be about the same for traditional chlorination vs salt. Initial cost can be a few thousand depending on the type you get. Source(s): Registered CPO (Certified Pool Operator) with the National Swimming Pool Federation http://www.nspf.com/ and maintaining public access swimming pools for many years now.
Salt water? I didn't even know you could do that.
u dont. talk to your wifes doctor about the skin problem. Salt water is so nasty. chlorine keeps the water clean
Empty the pool, hire a pump and run a hose into the sea
ck with a pool place
but Initially modifications will cost somewhat more
longterm however the benefits will out weigh the costs
I don't think you can change a swimming pool to salt water. I'd imagine that it would be incredibly harsh on your pump and draining systems. If the chlorine bothers her skin that much, go see your doctor. Worse case scenario, she'll have to give up swimming in pools. Take a trip to the ocean.
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