In summer and winter alikeaintaining the water in your pool is essential not only to ensure its quality, but also to enjoy a pleasant swim.

While several solutions exist
salt pools
offer the advantages of easy maintenance, respect for the environment and a product that’s less aggressive for your eyes and skin.

However, the way salt works and is used to disinfect and clean your pool is not the same as chlorine or bromine. So how does a maintenance for your pool pool ?


Daily maintenance of a salt pool

Although salt pool treatment makes it easier to maintain clean, healthy water, it’s still important to understand how it works. Thanks to filtration and installation of an electrolyzerThe salt passes through a filter to change into chlorine, before returning to the pool water. After this stage, when it comes into contact with the sun’s rays, the chlorine returns to its salt state.

In parallel with the disinfection process, it’s important to check the main data relating to the pool water (pH level, alkalinity level, temperature) in order to maintain its quality.


How much salt is in a swimming pool?

This depends on two parameters:

– The volume of water present in the pool, which in turn determines the pool’s salt content;

– The shape of the pool ;

Salt levels also depend on daily monitoring of salt concentration, using a salinometer or test strips.

To find out how to calculate the volume of water and salt concentration in your pool, use this table to calculate the amount of pool salt required according to volume:


Calculating pool volumeRectangular pool: Average length x width x height
Round pool: Previous volume x 0.78
Oval pool: Previous volume x 0.89
Calculating the amount of saltSalt dosage x Basin volume
Calculating salt deficiencyWater volume x Missing salt difference
Calculating excess saltWater height (m) = (1 – (recommended salinity / basin salinity)) x (basin volume / basin area)


Can I use shock chlorine in a salt pool?

As a reminder, water treatment works with a salt electrolysis. In other words, an electrolyzer transforms salt into sodium hypochloride, a natural form of chlorine.

So.., using shock chlorine as a product for your salt pool has no negative impact, and helps restore pH and alkalinity levels (in ppm).

But be careful when dosing shock chlorine! Too high a dosage of this product can lead to excess pH or alkalinity, which is just as bad for the quality of your pool water. Indeed, the reason why it is preferable to from chlorine to salt is mainly the harmful ecological and sanitary effects of this type of product.

To check this and set the right chlorine level, use a pH regulator. This will enable you to monitor the different levels as you go along, and benefit from an effective shock chlorine treatment.


Winterizing a salt pool

Winterizing: an essential operation to protect your salt pool

When summer comes to an end and winter sets in, it’s important to think about pool winterization to protect your pool’s structure and equipment, and above all, to ensure that your pool will be back in pristine condition the following spring.

Watch out! Winterizing does not mean emptying your pool. It is likely to move and crack under the pressure of the surrounding terrain.

However, before starting the wintering process, it is advisable to check that the water temperature is continuously below 15°C. If this temperature is too high, you cannot stop the electrolysis unit or filtration. This means you can’t winterize your salt pool just yet.


Steps to winterizing a salt pool

There are 6 steps to effectively protect pool water during winter:

  1. Accessories and equipment All you have to do is remove the ladder, rail, diving board, slide or heat pump from your pool. The heat pump should be covered with a suitable cover. Also remember to turn off all equipment circuits.
  2. Pool water Salt testing: make sure you have enough grams of salt in your pool with the help of salt test strips. Also check the pH level, which should be between 7.0 and 7.4, and the alkalinity, which should be between 80 ppm and 120 ppm.
  3. Clean your pool water with salt Remove debris and waste from the surface of the water using a landing net, then launch your vacuum cleaner for the bottom of the pool. Also drain and wash the skimmer and filter baskets.
  4. Specific winterizing products To prevent the growth of algae and micro-organisms, add this type of product to your pool water and run the filtration system for at least 8 hours.
  5. Electrolyzer Stop the electrolysis unit to avoid damaging the plates, then dismantle the salt cell. Then clean the cell with a plastic or wooden tool. Once this step has been completed, store the cell in a dry place away from direct sunlight.
  6. Covering the pool Cover the pool with a tarpaulin, a cover or a roller shutter. underwater roller shutter to cover your pool. This will prevent photosynthesis and algae growth during the overwintering process.

The salt treatment is therefore a very important step in disinfecting and cleaning your pool. Then, by following the steps of the winterization process, your salt pool will be protected over the winter, and you’ll be able to find it intact the following spring.

But don’t forget to regularly check the pH regulator and alkalinity level. !

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