Salt water pool chlorinators are becoming more prevalent nowadays as owners experience the luxury of owning a salt pool. While chlorine generators satisfy the demand for sanitizer in the water, all other aspects of pool chemistry still need to be maintained. Many salt water pool owners think they don’t have to be bothered about maintenance or water chemistry issues, but nothing could be farther from the truth.
While many salt systems claim to be “self-cleaning” or “low maintenance”, all salt water chlorine generators require a little principal maintenance to work efficiently. Running a chlorine generator in low salt conditions or with a dirty cell are the quickest ways to wear them out. The truth is, with no regular maintenance many salt systems can be permanently damaged; shortening the life of the consumable electrolytic cell.
The electrolytic cell is the part of the salt water system that creates sanitizer for the pool. The majority are designed to last 5 years in a classic residential setting, but that life can undoubtedly be cut short by not accurately maintaining a chlorine generator. With the average value of a salt cell reaching the $500+ range, system maintenance becomes a monetary concern.
As expertise has improved in recent years, innovative salt system manufacturers have incorporated smart technology that senses when there is a challenge and utilizes a self-preservation facet. Bob Trepp, supervisor of engineering and development at Saline Generating Systems, has been pushing the envelope of chlorine generation innovation for the last 10 years. In a personal interview, Trepp stated, “By engineering salt systems that accurately recognize an imbalance in water chemistry or the need for maintenance, systems are designed to truly look out for the owner, and shield their investment”.
Systems lacking this self protection technology will eventually shut down if neglected. But by then, the system has been working overtime; degrading the life of the cell and taking its toll on each component.
Systems utilizing this leading edge, protecting technology gradually scale back chlorine production to preserve the life of the system when trouble is identified. The sanitizer output is maintained at a safe and reduced level that will not harm the salt cell. If the smart salt water pool system continues to work without maintenance, it will eventually power itself off until serviced to prevent any damage to the cell or other system components.
Pool maintenance can be a daunting task but it doesn’t have to cost hundreds of dollars if a salt water pool system is neglected. A salt system that thinks is the next generation of pool water sanitation equipment. The technology will reduce the frequency of replacing consumable parts of the system and save pool owners thousands in maintenance expenses.