Saltwater pools are favored for their simpler and gentler approach to pool care, but they do have some unique needs when compared to traditional chlorine pools. SaltScapes™ Saltwater Pool Care System from BioGuard® was designed specifically for the special needs of saltwater pools and is the ideal system for pools of any size.
I'm sure you've heard it. "All you have to do is add salt." Right? Wrong!! Sorry, but as your local pool care professional I have to tell you that statement simply isn't true. While saltwater pools will remove some of the routine, day-to-day burden of pool care, they still have the same 5 Keys To Basic Pool Care that is necessary for any type of pool. Good circulation, filtration and cleaning will help keep the water from looking dull and lifeless. Routine testing and proper water balance will protect your pool's finish and equipment and create a safe, comfortable swimming experience.
Below are some of the questions we hear in the store every year from our customers. Check them out, if you have a question and don't see it here feel free to ask us. That's what we're here for.
Q. How often do I need to have my water tested?
A. You should bring a sample for testing when you open and close your pool, and every 4-6 weeks during the season. You should also test your pool's water at home for proper pH and active sanitizer levels at least twice a week.
Q. I have a salt pool, why do I need to test for chlorine?
A. This is probably the most frequently asked question. In a nutshell, what you are doing is putting salt into a pool which has an automatic chlorine generation system. Usually there is a control box mounted to the wall and a funny looking thing in-line with the piping of your equipment. This system automatically sanitizes your pool by converting the salt into free chlorine. It is the free chlorine that is killing the bacteria, germs and algae in the water, not the salt.
Q. The guy who put in my pool said I only have to add a couple of bags of salt occasionally. Why do you say I have to have it tested and balanced?
A. It isn't just me saying that. Your owner's manual says the same thing. It is important to maintain the proper levels of your water's chemistry to prevent damaging corrosion or scaling of the pool's surface and equipment. Keeping the water balanced will also make it more enjoyable on the skin, eyes and hair of the people getting into the pool.
If you can't find your owner's manual you can check them out online.
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