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How does a salt system work?

Your pool is likely your main oasis from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind – a place to go at the end of the workday or on the weekends to sit back, relax and take in some rays. It’s also probably one of your friends’ and children’s favorite places on the whole property, and for this reason, you should ensure that your Phoenix area pool is as comfortable and healthy as possible throughout the year.

One of the best ways to enhance your pool is to install a salt system, which will come with a variety of benefits for both the water and the experience when you go for a dip. Salt systems can be installed in virtually any type of pool, no matter if you live in Fort Worth, Phoenix, San Diego or elsewhere, and will often reduce the need for high volumes of chlorine and other chemicals.

Whether you want to be a bit more environmentally friendly, establish a therapeutic environment to swim in or otherwise, getting a salt system installed today will make waves with your family and guests. First, you might be interested in how the salt system will work, what maintenance requirements look like and which specific benefits you’ll enjoy following the installation.

How it works
Salt systems can be built into a pool right from the start, or installed into existing structures to quickly convert the makeup of the water. The two most important components of a salt system are the salt cell, which is attached to pipes between the water outlet and filters, and the control unit. The control unit will help you monitor the cell and the general composition of the water.

Once installed, the system will create chlorine for your pool, minimizing the need to drop tablets in or take other measures to chlorinate the water. The salt-chlorine cell automatically distributes both the salt and chlorine into the water to maintain adequate balances, while this will reduce the amount of time regular maintenance takes.

For those of us who are interested in the science behind the saltwater system, electrolysis is the magic word that defines the finer points of how it all works. Electrolysis, put simply, is the process in which bonded elements in a liquid solution are separated. Since salt is made of chlorine and sodium, the saline water passing through the charged plates of the salt cell will separate the two components to create and release free chlorine.

It’s important to remember that you won’t feel like you’re swimming in the ocean, and shouldn’t fear this when deciding whether to install the system or not. Generally, salt systems in pools will create a concentration that’s roughly one-twelfth the salt content of the sea.

Healthy benefits
Salt systems in pools can greatly improve the therapeutic powers of the water, especially when it comes to sore muscles and bruised bones. Think of the use of Epsom salt when you have a wide variety of issues, including certain topical infections, minor injuries and exhaustion. After installing one of these systems, you’ll be able to soak your entire body in a very comfortable swimming environment.

Salt systems dramatically improve water quality, reduce algae blooms, soften the water and moisturize dry skin. This water will also protect your hair color and reduce eye irritation when compared to non-salt chlorinated pools. You’ll also be a bit more environmentally friendly by not only using chlorine and other chemicals.

Don’t hesitate to make your pool an even more welcoming oasis – call Poolman today. Poolman offers a free salt system when you use its services and are in good standing as a customer.