How do I get started using a Salt Water Chlorinator?
It’s easy! After installing your Clearwater Chlorinator, you simply add the recommended amount of salt to your pool and choose your desired chlorine level.
How does a Salt Water Chlorinator work?
Mildly salted water passes through the electronic cell and chlorine is produced. The chlorine is released into the pool to kill bacteria, viruses and algae. A small amount of ozone is also produced to give your water that added sparkle. The chlorine then turns back to salt to be used over again.
How can I test to determine the salt content of my pool?
With test strips that measure salt content.
What is a Clearwater Salt Chlorinator?
It is an electronic device that turns salt into chlorine.
How do I know when the salt level in the pool is low?
There is a meter on the Salt Water Chlorinator that alerts you when the salt is low.
How salty is the pool water?
The amount of salt initially required is 4,000 parts per million which is barely detectable. In comparison, a teardrop is about 7,200 ppm and the ocean is about 36,000 ppm.
What type of salt should I use?
High purity salt. It should not contain iodine or any other metals. Rock, course or solar salt all work well.
Will I need to add salt later?
Salt is lost only through splash-out and backwashing. It is not lost through the chlorination process or evaporation. So, you’ll only have to add a small amount (probably a bag or two) each year.
How long does a cell last?
The cell life will depend on usage. It will last at least 3 years, but it may last as long as 8 years, depending on how much chlorine it produces.
What is the approximate cost of salt?
The price of salt varies from region to region. For an approximate cost use 12 cents a pound.
Why should I use a Salt Chlorinator?
1) To eliminate the hassle of handling and storing chlorine. 2) Peace of Mind – Set the desired level and chlorine will continually be produced killing bacteria before it becomes a problem. 3) Easier Maintenance – Fewer fluctuations in chlorine levels mean fewer fluctuations in PH levels. This adds up to more stable, balanced water. Salt Feels Better – The human body contains salt. The salt water used in a Chlorinator is more similar to human tissue, therefore it feels better and is less irritating to the body than standard chlorinated water.
How much salt has to be added every year?
The salt is converted to chlorine and then it reverts back to salt. Only the salt that has been lost due to splash-out of the water has to be replaced. Approximately one bag per year.
How much salt will I need to add?
To calculate the amount of salt required go to Pool Calculator and fill out gallons and the salt portion of the form. The salt required will be automatically calculated. If you do not know the cost of salt use $12.00 per hundred as a rough calculation.
Where do I get the salt?
Your local pool store may carry the salt. Otherwise, it can be purchased from salt wholesalers or large building supply retailers.
What if my salt levels are too high or too low?
Your Clearwater Chlorinator will continue to operate. However if the salt dips below 2,500 ppm, it can be damaging to the salt cell, possibly reducing its life.
How do I know what the level of salt in my pool is?
The Clearwater Chlorinator will tell you when your salt level is too low. For precise levels you can use salt test strips, which should be available at your local pool retailer.
What maintenance is required to operate the Salt Water Chlorinator?
The Clearwater LM Chlorinator actually cleans itself! Every 5 hours, the electric plates reverse their polarity to ensure there is no calcium build up on them.
Do I still need to shock my pool?
There is a super-chlorinate feature on the Clearwater Chlorinator; however, it is recommended that you use a liquid or granular shock when you first open your pool in order to boost your chlorine levels.
Is this a new technology?
No. Clearwater introduced this technology in Australia over 25 years ago. More than 90% of pools in Australia are now salt water pools. Clearwater Chlorinators are now sold worldwide.
Will the Salt Water Chlorinator work in a pool with extremely high salt levels, for example an ocean water pool?
As the salt level in water increases, so does the conductivity of that water. Most Salt Chlorinators will shut off when salt levels get to 5,500 ppm because with the increased conductivity, the power pack gets extremely hot, and can even cause a fire. The Clearwater Chlorinator, however, is able to pull back some voltage and release it through its heat release at the pack of the power pack. As a result, the Clearwater will work at very high salt levels, even ocean water levels (35,000 ppm).