Salt or chlorine – is there a difference?
Many family backyard pools are Salt Chlorinated, you may have one in your own backyard. For backyard use they are an efficient and relatively easy and safe alternative for the family. You don’t have to risk of dealing with dangerous chemicals especially in a home environment.
People may tend to think that using salt is better than chlorine, however a salt water pool isn’t better than a chlorine pool because it is a chlorine pool. A salt water pool uses a system that converts the salt into chlorine by a process called “electrolysis”. Basically the machine that operates your backyard pool converts salt into chlorine. It’s the salt turned into chlorine that keeps the pool water clean just like the chlorine you buy in liquid form.
Salt water pools can also be difficult to maintain the chlorine levels whereas a chlorine pool operates through adjustable pool equipment that maintains a steady level of chlorine continually.
Wembley uses liquid chlorine because it is easier to maintain the pH level of the pool, needs less maintenance of the plant and is less corrosive.
For a Class 2 pool like Wembley using chlorine based chemicals to treat the pool is a far better, more efficient method of keeping the water healthy and sanitary for your family.
To operate a Class 2 pool you need to a qualified Pool Operator because not only are you dealing with liquid chlorine but other chemicals in the plant room and need to be able to adjust the chemical dosing equipment to ensure the water is kept within Health Department Standards.
Here are 3 tips for Summerising your pool
- Maintain your pool plant and get it inspected by a reputable company before summer kicks in. Ask as many questions as you can so you can keep informed.
- Shock dose the pool, use a quality algaecide to kill any organism that may have taken up residence over winter. Then add flocculant (Aluminium Sulphate) , this binds all dead matter and then it sinks to the bottom, making it easier to vacuum.
- Brush down all surfaces of the pool don’t forget the sides. and ladders You may need to backwash several times during this process.
Once your chlorine and pH levels have stabilised, your pool is ready. Jump in and Enjoy