If you have had the pleasure of swimming in a saltwater pool, you may be toying with the idea of updating your pool to a saltwater system. It is true that swimming in a saltwater pool is a luxurious experience. The water feels softer, more buoyant, and is definitely less irritating to the skin and eyes. The absence of the odor of chlorine is a big plus as well. Are you wondering if you can update your pool to a saltwater system and what it entails? It may be a lot easier than you think.

What are the benefits of a saltwater pool?

As mentioned above, swimming in a saltwater pool is a comfortable experience. The water feels softer and silky smooth. There is less irritation to the eyes and skin. Plus, there is no fading of swimsuits or bleaching of hair in a salt sanitized pool. Furthermore, no one misses the distinctive odor of chlorine. 

How does it work?

You may think that a saltwater sanitation system means that there is a total absence of chlorine. That is not the case. To get started with a saltwater conversion, you need something called a salt chlorine generator (or salt cell). Once this unit is installed, pool salt is added to your swimming pool water. When your pool pump causes the dissolved salt water to pass through the salt cell, electrolytic plates within the generator convert the chloride ions into chlorine gas. This chlorine gas is dispersed into your pool water and kills algae, bacteria, and other contaminants. So technically, your pool is still being sanitized by chlorine, but in a much more gentle form. 

Is it expensive?

You will have an upfront cost to converting your pool to a salt system. However, going forward you will not have to purchase liquid chlorine or chlorine tablets, which will be a huge savings. Sanitizing with salt can result in a savings of up to 50% over the cost of chlorine sanitizers.

Will I still have to balance the water?

Yes, you sure will. Your desirable numbers will be pretty much what they have always been when water testing.

  • pH 7.2-7.6
  • Alkalinity 80-150 ppm
  • Calcium Hardness 200-400 
  • Chlorine 1.0-3.0 ppm
  • Salt 3000-3500


Will I still have to clean the pool?

Although salt water pools are easy to own and maintain, your responsibilities regarding your regular pool cleaning duties will not change. Unless you hire the professionals at Molinari Pools, that is! With our incredible route service, your pool will receive proper and ongoing maintenance from one of our sensational trained technicians. They’ll keep your water balanced, add salt as needed, and monitor all of your pool equipment. This will prolong the life of your salt cell and keep it working at peak effectiveness. Get your free service quote today.

Converting your pool to a saltwater system may be one of the best decisions you will make regarding your pool. The benefits of improved swimming, less skin and eye irritations, and continuously sanitized water are all a big plus. In addition, improved overall convenience, and cheaper costs over time may convince you to give a saltwater system a try. Any of our pros here at  Molinari Pools will be happy to answer any questions you may have and facilitate your conversion to a saltwater pool. Call us today at 772-778-2633 to get started.