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How Do Swimming Pool Chlorinators Work?

Author: Pencil Case  Date: 11 March 2018

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How Does Salt Water Pool Chlorination Work?

Many people have started to look into salt water pools. The idea with these is that there is far less maintenance needed than with the traditional chlorinated pools. However, it helps if you are able to understand how this type of pool works and how it differs from the traditional pools of the past. Here is a little information to help you understand how these pools work.

Salt Water Pool Chlorinator

There is a salt water chlorinator unit with this type of pool. The job that it has is to make sure that it turns the salt into chlorination as it passes through the system. The chlorine generator breaks down the salt and water to sodium hypochlorite and hypochlorous acid. These are agents for sanitizing that are used commonly in pools. So as you can see these pools are not chlorine free but instead they simply use a generator instead of having to add the chlorine in directly.

For a technical explanation of pool chlorination go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salt_water_chlorination

Adding Salt

When you first set up your pool for the summer you will need to add in lots of salt. However, you have to make sure that you are getting the correct salt. Don't just buy salt from the shelf at the grocery store. Instead you should look in the pool section of any local store that you have or online and get the salt that is meant to be added into the pool. These will come in large bags and you will need to make sure that you get enough for the initial filling of the pool.

You will also find that when using a salt water pool you do not have the need to add in the chemicals all the time. While there will still be some need for chemicals and shocking your pool on occasion the amount of maintenance is greatly reduced. The salt should stay in the pool for the most part unless it is being splashed out. This means that you will not have to add much salt throughout the summer if you even have the need to add any at all. Most salt water pools have the pump that will let you know if the salt water level is getting low or not and then you can add in the salt when it alerts you.

The Benefits

One of the main benefits to this type of pool is the fact that there are not all the harsh chemicals added. This helps people to feel much safer when it comes to allowing their children to swim in the pool. The only thing that might be noticed is a little bit of a salty taste if the water happens to make it into the mouth. Many people find that this type of water also does not burn their eyes like traditional pools used to which makes it much easier for those who like to swim under water with their eyes open. It also does not have nearly the chance of turning your hair green when you swimming.

As you can see the salt water pool works by taking the salt and breaking it down into the components that are needed to make chlorine. As it cycles through the pump and chlorinator unit it is broken down and added back to the pool. This is certainly a great option for those who are looking for a little less maintenance and less chemicals when it comes to their home swimming pool. These pumps can be bought for above ground pools as well as pools that are in ground and spas. Understanding the way that the pump works is important because you want to have a full understanding of just how this differs from other chlorinators out there.

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