Chlorine generator (saltwater chlorinator) and the best swimming pool chemistry for your salt water pool systems.
Over the last few years, salt water chlorinators have risen in popularity. Pool owners have found that manually adding chlorine is not the only way to get chlorine into their pools. And some just want to make their pool lives just a little easier. That the beauty of owning a salt water pool with a chlorine generator.
These units can either be in-line or you can have a stand alone machine which are usually about the size of a dishwasher. Saltwater generators have been around for many years now but have just recently enjoyed mass success due to people's chlorine allergies, chlorine rash, and hot tub rash. There's also the the convenience of not needing to add swimming pool chlorine on a regular basis.
Salt water chlorinators use a process called "electrolysis" to produce chlorine. The right amount of salt is added to the pool and is dissolved in the water. The salt water passes through the pool chlorine generator that is normally fitted inside with plates, or sometimes called fins. The fins create an electrical current which produces chlorine gas. Utilizing this electrolysis, the dissolved salt in the water is converted into hypochlorous acid (HClO) and sodium hypochlorite which is the sanitizing agent that kills organic matter and bacteria in the pool.
The above video goes into great detail about salt pool and chlorine cells, but let's take a minute to review some highlights.
As it was already stated, the salt water passes through the cell which in turn produces chlorine. The titanium plates that are located inside the chlorine cell are coated with precious metals, sometimes with ruthenium or iridium.
The control board is the engine room, or nerve center, for your salt water pool. The control board give you the freedom to increase or decrease the chlorine at will, along with power lights, maintenance lights, no flow indicators, etc...
If you properly maintain your chlorine cell, you can expect it to last anywhere from 5 - 7 years. If you close your pool for the Winter your cell might experience a longer life. I've personally seen chlorine generators for salt pools last up to 12 years. Improper cleaning and sustained high calcium hardness levels can shorten its life. Your control board should be treated just like any other electrical device. Never get it wet and make sure to keep the cover closed. Only open it when needed.
The answer to this question depends upon your size pool. Obviously the larger the pool, the larger the cell will be, and that equals a higher price. Here are some good ballpark figures for different size pools. For this example, I'll be using the Hayward Goldline AQR9 AquaRite Electronic Salt Chlorination System for In-Ground Pools:
Regardless of what you may heard, chlorine generators do need maintenance from time to time. This quick list can help your chlorine generator last as long as it can.
So many people swear by their salt pools and chlorine generators. No more handling chlorine containers. No more pouring chlorine in your pool just to realize you now have bleach stains on your jeans. Here are some other benefits of having a salt pool:
Yes, nothing is perfect and there's always some give and take. Here are some disadvantages of having a salt pool.
Whenever I need to do a pool shock, I ALWAYS turn off the power to the cell. By having a high volume of swimming pool chlorine flowing through the pipes we run the risk of burning it up if it's running. So maybe you could do the same. Better safe than sorry. And besides, if you do need to do a pool shock, why have the salt the water anyway? You're just wasting salt.
I encourage you to do your homework and choose the right system for your specific needs and desires. Even with the best saltwater swimming pools, you need to keep up the good swimming pool care.
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When my chlorine generator is working I see small specks of something flowing through water. It is only noticeable at night against the glow of the pool …