How to Care For a Salt Water Swimming Pool?

by Pool Builders on 12-15-2009 in Articles

So you went out and have bought a salt water pool, or perhaps you've converted your old pool to salt water and now you need to know how to care for it. Well, in all honesty, cleaning your salt water pool is not much different than cleaning a regular pool. You pretty much do the same things as you would with any other pool.

First thing you're going to want to do is use your skimmer brush and roll it over the surface of the water with an extender pole if you have one. Get all the leaves and debris that you can out of the pool, try to do this daily so you don't have a build-up occur later. Once you have skimmed the top layer of the water from leaves and such, you can use your vacuum that came with the pool to clean the bottom floor of the pool. Make sure that you work slowly so that you don't miss too much of the dirt that has collected on the bottom.

Once you have skimmed the top layer and vacuumed the floor of your pool, you can now clean the basket that is typically on the side of the pool. You will want to try and empty your basket daily to stop your filter from getting plugged up and possibly burning out. After you have all of this cleaned and working properly, check the chemical balance in your salt water pool. You will want to use non-iodized salt when it is needed as your chlorine levels drop. Always follow the chemical chart that came with your salt water system, do not try and over correct any problems, your pool will work any problems out over time.

Once you have the chemicals balanced, you will want to clean out the generator, this does not need to be done on a daily basis as typically you will only have to do it anywhere from three to six months depending on the climate you live in. Over time, you will become accustomed to how to keep your salt water pool at its highest potential. Just keep in mind to keep patient and before you know it, you'll be keeping your pool maintained like a professional.

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