Saltwater Pool Maintenance Guide..Problem

by Jim


Having a problem with our saltwater pool.

The chlorine keeps going too low and the pH level is too high.

Tried everything we know how to do but can't keep the chlorine in the pool.

What can we do about the pH?


Thanks for your question Jim

You want to keep your pool chlorine level between 1.5ppm - 3.5ppm.

The main reason your pool can't seem to keep any chlorine is the lack of cyanuric acid (CYA).

This is the stabilizer for the chlorine and will help reduce the amount used by as much as 50%.

Adjust Your Swimming Pool Chlorine

You can go to this link to learn all about CYA and how to get it in your pool:

Chlorine Tablets

Concerning your pH level being too high, you can go here to learn how to reduce it:

Swimming Pool pH Levels

I will encourage you to test your tap water. If it's high, then you'll know one of the reasons why it keeps getting higher.

The pH level can go up by a process called "aeration".

This is due to splashing around, slides and water features such as slides and water falls, etc...that causes a "gassing-off" off of the CO2 which will increase the swimming pool pH level.

I would recommend getting a Taylor Reagent FAS-DPD K-2006 pool water test kit. It's the best and the one I've used for years.

You'll get the most accurate readings with this one.

Have a Great Summer


New Question: Copper Too High In Swimming Pool

Date: July 5, 2011

I have a saltwater pump and my copper level is off the charts high. Our suits are turning green and our water is cloudy.

Is there a way to get the level down without draining the pool?


By: Robert
Date: July 5, 2011

Thanks for the question

When you have high metals in your water, mainly copper and/or iron, the best way to reduce that is with a metal sequestrant.

A metal sequestrant does not remove metal from pool water. It holds it in solution until it can get filtered. Then you backwash the metal out.

Because metal sequestrants break down over time and get filtered and backwashed out, you need to weekly dose your pool if you have high iron and copper.

Metal sequestrants that are based on HEDP, phosphonic acid or something similar are the most effective.

Jack's Magic Blue, Purple, and Pink Pink Stuff, Metal Magic, Metal Free, & Metal Klear are very good.

You should try to have your pool tested bi-weekly for metals.

When you say saltwater pump, I will assume you mean a chlorine generator. I'm not aware that a generator will raise the metal (copper) content in the pool. This is sometimes done with a pool ionizer.

Ionizer Put Too Much Copper In My Pool

Hope this helps and let me know how it turns out for you.

Have a great Summer


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Saltwater Pool Upkeep

I don't have a manual to care for my salt water pool and don't have a clue as to how to care for it.

Do you know where I might obtain one?

Thanks for the question

There are a few things different about taking care of a salt pool as opposed to a regular chlorine pool.

Here are some good posts to look over:

Startup With A Saltwater Pool

Is Converting To Saltwater Pool Cheaper And Better?

Salt Water Above Ground Pool Start Up Treatment

Which Salt To Use In A Salt Water Swimming Pool?

The above links have other links to pages that will help you out as well.

There's also lots of great information about salt pools and chlorine generators on the pool Q&A page:

Swimming Pool Questions and Answers

Due to the scope of the question it's really time prohibitive to go through everything.

You'll want to study these pages as well:

Salt Water Swimming Pools

Chlorine Generator

It would be a very long process in telling you exactly what to do and how to do it.

That's why this site has nearly 700 pages. To give you the information you need from someone who has actually done the work.

I've taken care of salt pools in Arizona and Oregon (since 1999) and have been the pool operator for the YMCA (80,000 gallons salt pool) since 2008.

Having a pool isn't something that can be written about in a couple of sentences because there's alot that goes into it.

I would encourage you to look over the pages above. Really study them.

And, if you have a specific question please feel free to contact me again.

To post a reply, or if you have a similar question, you can see your post on the Q&A page in the "Salt Water Pools" category.

Swimming Pool Questions and Answers

Check back to this post for answers.

Hope this helps and have a great Summer.


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What Is The Best Way To Clean Saltwater Pools

by Donald

Have a sea salt water swimming pool that I am going to paint.

What is the best way to clean the walls, base and make sure all the salt has been cleaned away? How do I make sure everything is fine?

Thank you


Thanks for the question Donald

I've drained, painted, fixed holes in the plaster, re-filled and balanced the YMCA saltwater pool 3 times in the last 3 years (we do it annually) and this is how I do it.

First is obviously you need to drain the pool. The question didn't mention whether your pool is fiberglass or plaster so I'll go with plaster, but some of this will work for fiberglass as well. Look at the water line, see if it has salt or calcium rings around it.

If it does you can use those green scouring pads to remove any light build-up or a pumas stone for more advanced build-up. Using a scouring pad at the water line once per week throughout the swimming season will keep any build-up from forming.

Salt Water Swimming Pools..Chlorinator..Maintenance Guide

Check the plaster for any holes, pitting, or algae growth. You can buy a quality pool plaster at your local pool store or go to Amazon:

Swimming Pool Supplies

Brush the entire pool with a regular pool brush. If you have a high pressure washer, use it to get as much debris off the sides and bottom after brushing. Using a regular hose will waste alot of water and you'll end up scooping it out of the deep-end.

Feel the plaster to check if it's slimy or greasy feeling. This would indicate possible algae growth. If you have this the best solution would be a mixture of muriatic acid and water, a 4:1 ration. Add the pool acid to the water because if you don't the mixture might splash up and burn you.

Heavy duty rubber gloves, boots, and goggles are a must. Get an algae brush that can attach to the pool pole, dip it in the acid, and scrub the areas that need it.

After that use a normal pool brush and the high pressure washer. Be sure to rinse the pool walls and bottom well and allow to dry before painting.

It's basically like getting a wall in your house ready to paint. Clean it, allow it to dry, and you're good to go.

Hope this helps and good luck


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Taking Care Of A Salt Water Pool & Cleaning Of The Cell

by Ben

Taking care of a salt water pool, how important of the cleaning of the cell is for everyone. This man needs help with this, he will be upset if any woman tells him how.

I am asking you if there is any way that you can send him a step by step how to care for the pool, water, pumps, on what basis, daily weekly, pump needs to be ran how much each day, or is it best to hire a pool care professional?

Dude does not know any thing on how to and what to do when he has a salt water cell pump swimming in ground pool with Jacuzzi.

Is there any way you can send any paper work on how to take care of pump? water? pool, times to run pump? every thing from beginners to end? Lol but true he is a hard headed man.

Thanks and have a great day.

Thanks for the question Ben

I get this question alot from pool owners. They would like a step-by-step-guide on how to take care of a pool. It would be an enormous task and quite time prohibitive to go over every step and detail on what to do, how to do it, what to look for, and what to do if a problem arises. That's the reason I set up this website nearly 3 years ago.

It's all the combined experience I've accumulated since 1999 when I started taking care of pools in Arizona and being the YMCA pool operator since 2008. I have years of personal real-world experience. This is what separates my site from many other similar pool websites.

By giving a step-by-step guide I would be repeating myself and the many hundreds of pages found on this site. There are books, 300 - 400 pages long, that deal with taking care of pools.

Each page on this site has the information that your friend needs. I can give you the link to the pages that would benefit him right now. If your friend has specific questions or would like to talk to someone who has actually cleared up and taken care of hundreds of pools, both commercial and home pools, rather than a kid at a local pool store, he can contact me directly.


The page on which you asked your question has this:

"If you need immediate assistance (within 24 hrs) or for emergency personal assistance, you can reach me through email. For a donation of your choice, I will personally talk to you on the phone to help troubleshoot your problem and get your pool back up and running perfectly."

Contact Me

Here are some links that he would need to get started:

Swimming Pool Chlorine

Pool Shock

Pool Chlorine

Chlorine Tablets

Pool Chlorine Tablets

Swimming Pool pH Levels

Pool pH

Pool Alkalinity

Total Alkalinity

Green Water/Algae
Green Pool Water

Swimming Pool Algae

Cloudy Pool Water

Water Testing
I'd encourage you to get a Taylor FAS-DPD K-2006 pool test kit.

Pool Water Testing

Water Testing Kit

Salt pools
Salt Water Swimming Pools

Chlorine Generator

There's also hundreds of answered questions on the pool Q&A page and very large categories about salt pools and chlorine generators:

Swimming Pool Questions and Answers

Swimming Pool Sand Filters

Swimming Pool Filter Cartridge

DE Pool Filters

Look these pages over and if your friend still has specific questions he can email me those questions or contact me for personal assistance.

Hope this helps and have a great rest of the Summer.


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