In most cases, chlorinators limit is 2,500 and once your salt levels begin to touch 3,000, you’re advised to dilute your pool with fresh water to reduce the level.
Newer type of salt chlorinators need very small amounts of salt and its chlorination level (of the cell) can be adjusted simply by turning down the dial.
Another way of reducing too much salt in your pool is by manually bringing it down. If you do decide to empty some water content, be careful about emptying significant part of your pool as this might negatively affect the structural integrity of the liner.
Effects of Too Much Salt in Pool
The consequence of having too much salt in your pool are:
- Lack of proper function of your unit
- Your pool may suffer from constant algae outbreaks
- It may not produce enough chlorine and that may damage the cell which will be expensive to fix in the long run.
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Reducing the Salt Level in Your Pool
Generally speaking, (although not in all cases), salt levels above 6,000 get more corrosive than lower salt levels, and most SWG shutdown when the salt level gets that high.
Most of the cartridge filter systems being made now come with a garden hose style spigot somewhere in the pump house that you can use to lower the water level.
The pool pump will pump out water via the spigot as long as the water level is high enough to reach the skimmers and the pump is running.
Having that setup means it is well suited to the constant dilution approach, which involves adding water while still removing water at the same time.
Consistent dilution is a bit slower and used somewhat more total water, but is often easier overall.
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Evaporation in Salt Pool
Minerals and Metals do not evaporate with the water. So, don’t expect to sit around and wait thinking the pool water will evaporate and the salt will be out with it. In the real sense, the salt concentration will only be increasing.
Adding water back in after it has evaporated will offset this to a degree, but you won’t be significantly diluting the water this way.
Importance of Adding Salt in Pools the Correct Way
- The right amount of salt in pool makes chlorine generators work more efficiently.
- It helps maintain the correct chlorine levels. That way, your pool stays clean. However, low quality salt leads to scaling, stains, or cloudy water because of the organic or mineral contaminants it is.
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