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How to Manage a Salt Water In-Ground Pool

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author image Sandra Ketcham
Sandra Ketcham has nearly two decades of experience writing and editing for major websites and magazines. Her work appears in numerous web and print publications, including "The Atlanta Journal-Constitution," "The Tampa Bay Times," Visit Florida, "USA Today," AOL's Gadling and "Kraze Magazine."
How to Manage a Salt Water In-Ground Pool
A saltwater in-ground pool is a good investment. Photo Credit Kathy Quirk-Syvertsen/Photodisc/Getty Images

Saltwater pools are becoming increasingly popular because they do not dry out skin and hair like chlorine pools, according to Simple Pool Care. Less chlorine also means the water smells and feels more natural. Saltwater pools are also more affordable to manage over time, even though the initial investment is typically higher. To ensure your saltwater in-ground pool remains in working order, you must perform regular maintenance to prevent problems before they occur.

Step 1

Check pH levels weekly using a commercial test kit. If the pH level is lower than 7.2, raise it by adding soda ash. If it is higher than 7.8, lower it with muriatic acid or sodium bisulphate. To determine how much soda ash or muriatic acid you need, read the label on the product container.

Step 2

Check pH levels weekly using a commercial test kit. If the pH level is too low, raise it by adding soda ash. If it is too high, lower it with muriatic acid or sodium bisulphate. To determine how much soda ash or muriatic acid you need, read the label on the product container.

Step 3

Monitor the salt levels in your pool to ensure they remain inside the target range. Ideally, the salt levels should fall between five and six percent, or 5000 ppm and 6000 ppm. Unless otherwise instructed by your pool's manufacturer, you can pour salt directly into your pool to raise the levels.

Step 4

Use a pole and net to clean debris out of your pool as often as needed. Brush down the sides of your pool and empty the filter baskets every week.

Step 5

Clean your saltwater cell by turning off the plumbing to your saltwater in-ground pool, removing the saltwater conversion cell, and soaking the cell in five parts water and one part hydrochloric acid. Rinse the cell well before replacing it. Perform this procedure as often as needed, or at least once every six months.

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