The answers to many frequently asked questions are below. You may also find additional information on our blog.
Question: What is a salt-water chlorinator?
Answer: A salt-water chlorinator is used as a sanitizer and replaces the need to add chlorine to your pool.
Question: Why would I want a salt-water chlorinator?
Answer: The use of a salt-water chlorinator eliminates the “chemical” feel you may get from your pool and virtually eliminates itchy skin and eye irritation.
Question: How does a salt-water chlorinator work?
Answer: Salt-Water Chlorinators use electrolysis to harness the power of salt and unleash the chlorine to create a self-cleaning chlorination system for your pool. The process begins with salt, which is converted to chlorine. The chlorine then sanitizes the pool without the use of noxious chemicals. Finally, the chlorine reconverts to salt and is used to power the next sanitation cycle at the moment the filtration system begins.
Question: Why do I need to stabilize my pool?
Answer: The chlorine in a pool can be broken down by ultra-violet light from the sun. If stabilizer, also called conditioner, is not present, the chlorine level will dissipate very rapidly during the day.
It is recommended that you add stabilizer to the pool to prevent this chlorine break down. The stabilizer level should be between 30-50 ppm to properly stabilize the pool. The use of a stabilizer will reduce your overall chlorine consumption and save you money.
Question: How long should I run my pool?
Answer: Great question! This is extremely important, as you don’t want to spend more than necessary on electricity, but you want to ensure a sparkling pool.
You should run your pump 6-8 hours per day November through April and 8-10 hours per day May through October. The more sun your pool gets, the longer you’ll need to run the pump. So if your pool is screened and shaded, follow the low end of those recommendations. Never run your pool for less than 6 hours per day. It takes 6 hours to circulate all the water in your pool.
Question: What is the appropriate water level for my pool?
Answer: You should ensure that the water level is never less than half-way up the skimmer opening. If the level is too low, the pump will begin to suck air, and it may burn out your pool’s motor. After the rainy season, monitor the water level closely because your pool will lose water through evaporation.
If you are going out of town for an extended period of time, you can turn off your skimmer and have the pool’s suction come 100% from the main drain. This should eliminate water-level concerns while you are out of town. This is not recommended as a long-term setting because the skimmer is needed to remove dirt from the surface of the pool.