A salt chlorine generator, (or a salt system) is a swimming pool chlorination system that creates chlorine from salt (sodium chloride). Before a salt chlorine generator can operate, the swimming pool water must have a salt concentration of 3,000 ppm (parts per million).
As salt water travels through the swimming pool’s circulation system, it enters the salt chlorine generator and passes through a salt cell. As the salt water flows through the cell, a low-voltage direct current is applied to plates inside the cell, initiating electrolysis. Through this electrolysis, salt and water break up into hydrogen gas and hypochlorous acid. The hydrogen gas leaves the swimming pool water in the form of small bubbles. The hypochlorous acid sanitizes the swimming pool water and ultimately reverts back into salt, and the process repeats.
Salt chlorine generators offer homeowners many of benefits. At the site of the salt cell, chlorine is so concentrated that the swimming pool water is super chlorinated, preventing the build-up of chloramines and algae. Salt chlorine generators require few, if any, additional chemicals, as they produce nearly neutral pH levels. Salt generators also reduce skin and eye irritation. Your skin will actually feel smoother and your pool will be greener…the good kind of green.
After making your initial investment in a new salt system you will still want to perform regular maintenance on your pool and your salt system unit. This will prolong its life span and ensure that your pool is healthy and safe so you can enjoy it whenever you like. Call us if you’re looking for a professional to handle your salt system’s maintenance.