How to Convert a Chlorine Pool to Saltwater
What if I say that you can enjoy a swim in the saltwater without having to step into the sea? All you have to do is to convert your chlorine swimming pool into a saltwater one. No matter whether it is a residential or public swimming pool, saltwater conversion is much easier than you think.
Go through our guide on how to convert a chlorine pool to a saltwater one where we will guide you through each step. Let’s understand the chlorination process at first.
Chlorination – how this happens
An added advantage of a saltwater pool is not only able to enjoy the gentle touch of saltwater, but also to get the amount of chlorine you need creating naturally. The chlorination process will break down the salt molecules and produce chlorine naturally.
It means that you don’t have to keep adding in heaps of chlorine by yourself. It reduces the time you need to spend on pool maintenance while making your pool an ideal place to swim among the gentle saltwater.
Enjoy a saltwater dip in just five steps
You must purchase a good saltwater system after considering your preferences. You can do this quickly by going through customer reviews and getting to know the product before you visit the store.
Once you have got your saltwater system, you can start up with installing it right away! Let’s take a look at the five steps in which you can get your saltwater system installed.
Step 01: Determine the installation location
You can install the saltwater system with the existing plumbing with a diameter of 1.5-2.5 inches, in most in-ground swimming pools.
Make sure you install the saltwater system neat the power source and the control panel just after the pump, filter, and heater.
If it is an electrolytic cell for an existing system that you are going to install, you can install it where the previous chemical chlorine dispenser was.
All you have to do is to replace the dispenser with the electrolytic cell. Look for a location that grants you with easy access to less trouble when it comes to checking and cleaning it throughout the season.
Step 02: Plumbing
Make sure that the system runs with a minimal amount of sharp edges and obstructions so it would reduce any unnecessary pressure on your pump. You can use couplings and elbows to ensure the minimum resistance of water.
If it is a one-directional cell, install the flow switch just after it as per the instructions of the manufacturer. You can fund the directional arrows in the PVC casing or the switch device.
It would be better if you can install a check valve just before the cell or after the heater since it prevents the flow of highly chlorinated water and chemicals.
Step 03: Install a Zinc Anode
You can install an in-line zinc anode if you fear for any corrosion in your pool hardware. You can install the zinc anode lose to the cell since it requires grounding.
Step 04: The control panel and power supply
After the installation of the cell, check valve and the flow switch, the next job is to install the control panel and the power supply. Ensure that you install the control panel and the power supply where you can access them quickly. It would be much easier if the installation lies within the proximity of cell cord, switch, and timer.
Once finished with the installation process, you can turn on the power supply. If you are not familiar with electrical work, it would be better to get help from a professional.
Once everything is ready, you can turn on the water pump to make the system run so you can let it get pressurized and check for any possible leaks.
Step 05: Add the salt
Now here is the final step to complete your pool’s saltwater conversion. Add salt to your swimming pool per its volume. You can refer to the manual that comes with your saltwater system when adding the salt.
Make sure that the salt content if your swimming pool is zero if you have got a freshwater one. Sometimes the salt might not get dissolved since the salt get collected at the bottom of your swimming pool. In that case, you can brush the swimming pool to help with the dissolution and then leave it for 24 hours.
Check whether the salt gets wholly dissolved if so your saltwater swimming pool dream is about to come true! All you have to do is to turn on the saltwater system so you can start enjoying dips among the gentle saltwater.