Equipment Needed to Convert a Chlorine Pool to a Salt Water Pool

Chlorine pools have been around for as long as we can remember. Shiny, transparent water with a smell so distinct you can smell it from miles. As nostalgic as it feels, that smell is caused by the accumulation of chloramines, which are incredibly harmful chemicals. Along with this, the cost of manually adding the chlorine, the measurements of chemical balancing, and so much more, chlorine pools have become an inconvenience in today’s busy lives. 

Salt water pools are the new talk of the town. Many people who have had chlorine pools in the past are now switching to salt water pools, and here’s why: 

  1. They are easier to maintain
  2. They contain less harmful chemicals
  3. They prevent the “green hair” look

Chlorine pools are becoming outdated, not just because of their extensive cleaning and maintenance costs but also because of the adverse effects on swimmers. As mentioned above, a chlorine pool accumulates a significant amount of chloramines over time, which is especially harmful. Chloramines have been attributed to irritating the eyes, skin, and lungs. Moreover, any person exposed to chlorine for a long time can develop sensitivities and even allergies that can trigger chronic conditions like asthma. 

But don’t worry! Knowing the harmful effects of artificial chlorine does mean you cannot enjoy a good swim in your pool. All you need to do is convert it to saltwater, and you’re good to go. Here’s all you need to know about converting your chlorine pool into a saltwater one. 

How to Convert Chlorine Pool to Salt Water?

Converting chlorine water into salt water is a lot simpler than one might think. But first, you need to understand the chlorination process. 

The natural salt molecules in water have the potential to be converted to chlorine when they react to the electrode. These electrodes meet them in the natural chlorine generator that is a basic necessity of a saltwater pool. 

A chlorine generator uses electricity to turn the natural salts into chlorine so that it keeps your pool clean without you having to add in extra amounts from the store. However, it is crucial to measure the salt levels in the water and make sure they are up to the level at which the generator starts working. If not, you will inevitably have to add some store-bought salt in the water manually. Once the salt levels are enough to get the generator started, you can begin to enjoy your new, softer, more luxurious pool water. Overall, a saltwater pool requires fewer chemicals and balancing, which makes it easier to maintain. 

Salt Water Conversion Kit

The equipment you need in order to convert your chlorine pool into saltwater comes in a saltwater conversion kit. Also called the saltwater system, this kit will do all the natural chlorine conversion for you and pretty soon, you will have a perfect saltwater pool.

The saltwater system contains a control box and a salt cell. The control box is installed into a wall, whereas the salt cell is put in the existing plumbing surrounding the pool. Once everything is put in place, you can connect the system to electricity, and it will automatically begin to convert the natural salt in your water into chlorine. 

Note that there are different sizes of saltwater systems for the amount of water in a pool. It is recommended that you either get the size that perfectly matches your pool’s water capacity or the one which has a bigger capacity. While getting a saltwater system designed for a smaller pool will work fine initially, it will not be durable enough to last you more than a year. Therefore, it is vital to make an informed decision when choosing your saltwater system. 

Another thing to consider is the cost of the system’s replacement cells. All saltwater systems need a cell replacement every 3-5 years which is why you need to make sure you can afford them. 

Once you have installed the system into your pool, you need to regularly monitor the alkalinity and the water’s pH levels to make sure it is safe and comfortable for you and your family to swim in. You are also advised to additionally measure the calcium hardness and free chlorine levels to get a clearer picture of your pool’s condition.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does McCallum’s Pool Service and Repair offer installation of salt water systems?

You can get all details about McCallum’s Pool Service and Repair’s products and services on their website. Moreover, you can also get in touch with them on the number given on the website to inquire about any service you might want to avail of. They offer the most outstanding services to their clients at excellent prices. 

Q: Can I trust McCallum’s Pool Service and Repair for all my pool maintenance needs?

Absolutely! Our team takes immense pride in being able to offer their clients such reasonable prices for the best. Call and book an appointment for a free consultation today, and you will not be disappointed. McCallum’s team is highly skilled and will not leave room for any complaints. 

Final Thoughts

Converting a chlorine pool into a saltwater pool is one of the most common changes people bring to their backyard pools in recent years. Not only is it easier to maintain, but a saltwater pool is more enjoyable and has a significantly lower possibility of causing harm to the skin or hair. This is because the chlorine in a saltwater pool is generated from natural salts. Since there is no need for external chemicals and pollutants, the water in a saltwater pool feels more fresh, luxurious, and overall enjoyable. Think about converting your old-fashioned chlorine pool into a saltwater pool today and give your family the chance to enjoy their pool in its best condition. Contact McCallum’s Pool Services and get started. et started.