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Salt Systems: Pros and Cons

Mark Thompson - Monday, June 06, 2016
Are you contemplating on getting a salt system? Heard pros and cons and they have confused you more? Is it worth the expense? Let's see if I can help you with some of these questions for you. We are going to keep things simple to help the majority understand the process. If you're last name is Tesla, Einstein, or Jobs and you want greater information. Please contact us and we will be happy to assist you and get your autograph. How does a salt generator work? A salt system takes salt, which is sodium chloride (NaCl), and turns it into hydrogen gas and hypochlorous acid (chlorine, to keep it simple) by  electrolysis. Once the chlorine comes in contact with bacteria, it reverts back into salt and repeats the process. (There is a more complex explanation but we are keeping things simple.) The chlorine is produced by a salt cell which is installed after the pump. The pump moves water through the generator and engages a flow switch. Once that flow switch is engaged, it tells the "brains" of the system, "Hey, we have water moving. Let's make some chlorine." The generator receives power and the magic happens. Why should I get a salt system? The greatest advantage in my eyes is that it keeps a consistent level of chlorine in the pool. You can set the percentage of chlorine output. Once you get the system producing a consistent level between 2-5 ppm, it will stay there, as long as the pump continues to run a minimum of 8 hours a day. If you have a large party, heavy rain, or other rare events that happen in the pool, you can simply hit a "Boost" or "Superchlorinate" button to revive the chlorine level. By keeping a consistent level of chlorine in the pool, your odds of having algae, cloudy, or discolored water is greatly reduced...and you didn't have to add chlorine manually! It did it all by itself! This will help eliminate your need for chlorine tablets and greatly reduce your shock by as much as 95%!  This will also reduce eye irritation and skin dryness as it tends to be much more soothing to most people. Side note: If you are still getting eye and skin irritations, it is probably from a low or high pH (the measure of acidity) level. If you take care of the pool yourself, the salt system will save you time. It makes the chlorine by itself, keeping you from having to add the chemicals manually. It will also save you money in chemical expenses. Once again, no chlorine tablets and shock reduced by as much as 95%. What is the downside of a salt system? A salt system's downside is overcome by the upside. However, here are the downsides. The initial price is costly. If installed properly, the system, labor, initial dose of salt, and miscellaneous things such as a check valve, zinc anode, etc. can cost between $2000-$2500.00. If you are purchasing a salt system...