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How to Get Started with a Saltwater Pool

Once you’ve decided between a lap or infinity pool, it’s time to speak to your pool contractor about keeping the water sanitized, of which there are several options. One of the most popular options that produce ideal amounts of chlorine to ensure the water is clean and clear, assuming proper maintenance, is a saltwater pool.

Although it doesn’t contain nearly the same amounts of salt as an ocean, it still provides a beach-like vibe that can be further enhanced by speaking with your pool contractor about adding a zero-edge, also known as a beach entry. Other popular features to consider along with a saltwater pool include a grotto or swim-up bar.

Required Equipment & Maintenance

The only equipment you’ll need, aside from the essentials, is a saltwater chlorine generating system that includes both a control box and salt cell. The chlorinator should be installed on new and existing pools by a professional pool contractor in your area. 

These systems work by converting salt into the perfect amount of chlorine to ensure clean, clear, soft swimming water. You should regularly test for the proper balance of salinity and other chemicals. The ideal levels in an outdoor saltwater pool are as follows:

  • Salt: 2700 to 3400 ppm, although 3200 ppm is optimal.
  • Cyanuric Acid: 30 to 50 ppm
  • Total Alkalinity: 80 to 120 ppm
  • Total Hardness: 200 to 400 ppm
  • PH: 7.2 to 7.8

Salt cells should be routinely inspected and maintained to maximize longevity. They generally last about five years before necessitating replacement. It is essential to follow all manufacturer instructions to ensure warranty compliance.

Benefits of a Saltwater Pool

It’s gentler on your eyes and skin.

It provides for a reduced chlorine smell.

It produces, rather than uses chlorine, saving you money.

Finally, saltwater chlorination provides the same clean, clear pool water that traditional systems offer with the addition of being moisturizing.

Be Referred to an Experienced Pool Contractor

Affordable Pool Builder is committed to helping you make your dream of having an outdoor oasis a reality by providing referrals to pool contractors who excel at constructing custom-built pools, spas, and outdoor living environments.

The companies we partner with are committed to providing 3D computer-aided designs, allowing you to visualize the pool, along with low-rate financial options. Get the pool you’ve always dreamed of by contacting us at (480) 254-5530.


“Equipment Needed to Convert a Traditional Chlorine Pool to a Salt Water Pool.” Hayward.

“Hayward Salt Chlorination FAQs.” Hayward.

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