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Old 04-17-2012, 10:48 AM
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Salt Water Pool system

Yeah, I know... there have been a few threads on this the last few years. Thanks to Prop for all the great information

In the information I reviewed so far, it sounds like annual maintenance cost is the same or less than a chlorine pool? (which I used to own in FL)

What I know less about is how the salt water equipment works. What is the best way to learn about the system and the potential future costs?
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Old 04-17-2012, 11:37 AM
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A salt water system uses electricity to generate chlorine, so the economics of the system is dependent on electricity cost in your area. It cost $0.40/kwh where I live, so SWG is actually more expensive than chlorine. In most parts of the country where electricity rates are much lower, SWG is cheaper than chlorine tabs.

Annual maintenance is minimal if the system works correctly. But some people have reported a constant pH creep that they have to chase after.

Most people report a better "feel" from salt water pool.

Check the forums at www.troublefreepool.com for more info.
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Old 04-18-2012, 06:00 PM
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Another option is to use an UV sanitizer system. It reduces the amount of chlorine needed to 0.5 - 1 ppm, so you don't get that chlorine smell on your body. Check out http://www.deltauv.com/site/Resident...Spas_469_.html
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Old 04-18-2012, 07:27 PM
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I want to kick myself for not converting to saltwater sooner! It transformed the experience you get from swimming. No burn, no "chlorine breathing", nothing! Just silky skin every time you swim. I also go the entire season with no shock or chlorine supplements. The water is always crystal clear. It is worth every penny.
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Old 04-19-2012, 08:40 AM
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The convenience of the system is probably worth the cost of it to most owners. It will produce chlorine at the desired rate and you will end up with clear water all season long, no shock treatment is very common.

BTW, the bad chlorine smell in the pool is not from high levels of chlorine, it actually indicates too low of a level of free chlorine and too much of combined chlorine from fighting all kinds of junk (mostly algae and bacteria) in the pool. If it happens you need to raise your chlorine to shock level and many owners do the opposite and end up with cloudy or green water.
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Old 04-19-2012, 04:02 PM
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We have frequently exited the pool, dressed in non swimming clothes and headed out to a casual place to eat. No shower needed, no smell on the skin. This year, after sending the Ozone unit off for repair due to a surge from (what I believe to be) the pool pump, I set up a bit of a 'safety net' for the Ozone system- Marked as ''Prozone' in the pic.

All of this new equipment was less than $250 from Home Depot. This includes the surge protector, the timer, and the mounting boxes/conduit. Since the repair on the Prozone unit was about the same $, it made sense to protect the unit. A new one is about $600. (I think).

Here's what I did (admitting that it is likely over kill, and that I happen to *like* over kill). So far, all is well:
  • Added an in-line whole-house surge protector dedicated to the Ozone unit from the pool pump timer (far right).
    • This is not the power supply for the ozone's timer. The ozone's timer shares 240v from the breaker box with the pool pump. This is so that the timer is always on (you know... keeping time).
    • The Ozone unit derives power via a mechanical switch within the timer. The circuit is complete only AFTER the mechanical timer switches on (safety from surge).
  • Added a timer for the Ozone unit.
    • Set the timer for the Ozone unit to power ON 30 mins after the pool pump timer cycles.
    • Set it to power OFF 30 mins prior to the pump's cycle off.
    • This way, the idea is that ZERO power is going to the Ozone unit while the pump cycles (and potentially surges) on and off.
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Old 04-20-2012, 10:02 AM
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Old 04-20-2012, 05:58 PM
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Salt water pool is fabulous. I have the Circupool RJ-60 from Discount Salt Pool. Com. The salt cell uses electricity and titanium plates to instantly seperately the salt into sodium and chlorine molecules. When this happens it makes a chlorine gas in the salt generator cell that instantly sanitizes the water. I use zero chlorine. I add one bag of salt rejuvenator minerals weekly which keeps the PH in check (salt water pools like to make PH rise). It also controls scale. Your eyes will not burn at all as there is less salt in your pool than what is in the human tear. Hair and bathing suits do not bleach out. Your skin is silky and refreshed. It really makes the pool pretty maintenance free. I definitely recommend it.
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Old 04-21-2012, 09:22 PM
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People recommend using muratic acid at least once per season to clean the salt cell. This removes a layer off the plates Everytime you do it thus reducing cell life. Average cell life is 5 years and they cost about $500 to replace. I recommend using white vinegar. It cleans just as well as the muratic acid and does not strip the plates. Your cell will also easily last 10 years with this method.
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People recommend using muratic acid at least once per season to clean the salt cell. This removes a layer off the plates Everytime you do it thus reducing cell life. Average cell life is 5 years and they cost about $500 to replace. I recommend using white vinegar. It cleans just as well as the muratic acid and does not strip the plates. Your cell will also easily last 10 years with this method.
I guess you take the unit apart to do this? I have a salt water system, but frankly I don't venture over to the mechanicals often. It is the only area of my house I don't do everything for ( I have a great pool guy/friend who does an amazing job so I turned the pool over to him so I can merely enjoy it).
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Old 04-22-2012, 02:35 PM
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Old 04-22-2012, 03:24 PM
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Thanks for all the good responses
I just cleaned the pool again today. It's difficult to explain, but the ozone addition working once again reminds me how much I like it. The pool water is super clear and bright as it reflects light. The skimmer looks as if it is swirling club soda or Sprite from the bubbles that are produced. The light seems to cut right through the water and reflect the surface waves onto the bottom. At times, it was difficult to focus on where to brush next from the refraction being so bright on the bottom of the pool.

When in the pool, the surface 'bubbles' almost like you're swimming in carbonated water. When you slash, the water bubbles beneath the surface as well. All of this is just a side effect of what the thing is doing, but it is nice to have it back online.

I cleaned up the crap on the edges in this pic so you can see the bubbles and reflection from the camera phone flash:

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I guess you take the unit apart to do this? I have a salt water system, but frankly I don't venture over to the mechanicals often. It is the only area of my house I don't do everything for ( I have a great pool guy/friend who does an amazing job so I turned the pool over to him so I can merely enjoy it).
The salt water generator cell does need to be cleaned. It will get scale on it over time. I will take a picture of mine when I can.
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