Our automatic chlorine generator is the efficient, easy way to sanitize your pool. It not only saves time, but also reduces the manual handling of chemicals. In fact, with our IntelliChlor® salt chlorine generator, you’ll never need to buy, transport, handle or store chlorine again, because it turns common table salt into chlorine, right in your pool.

Salt Chlorinators

Salt water pools have been around for years but it has only been in the past 4 or 5 years that their popularity has taken off in our area. This typically follows the trend that “new” pool builders set and often sets the stage for increased awareness among existing pool owners.

Popularity of a salt water pool is centered on the water quality. Because of the waters salinity there is a silkier, softer feel for the bathers. Most of the reports that we get are less eye and skin irritation. And yes, there is still chlorine in the water.

How Does It Work?

By adding table salt we build a salinity level of approximately 3000 ppm in the pool. As the treated water passes through an electrolytic cell back at the filter system the sodium chloride (table salt) in the water is converted into sodium hypochlorite (liquid chlorine). The chlorine that is manufactured is very efficient in that it requires no binders to get it from a granular or tablet form into your pool. You’re not paying for that typical manufacturing of processed chlorine compounds or the containers they go into. That’s about as “green” as it gets.

How a Salt System Operates

Salt systems have three main components.

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The first component is plain old salt.  You have to have a minimum level of about 3000 parts per million of salt in the pool water.  Salt makes the water conductive so that the electricity can pass between the plates in the cell.  If the salt level goes too low, then the chlorine production simply stops.  Salt is also the raw material from which the chlorine is produced.

Control Box

The control unit is a device that sends power to the salt cell.  The unit controls how much chlorine is produced by regulating how long the power is applied to the cell.  If you turn the control knob way down, then the unit might apply power to the cell only 25% of the time, thereby producing less chlorine.  If you turn the control knob up, then the unit would apply power to the cell for a longer period of time.  The amount of power applied to the cell does not increase or decrease.  We recommend that you keep your unit on at least 60% or higher in the summer months.

The control unit will often sense the level of salt in the pool and indicate the need to add more salt.

Manually cleaning salt cells is recommended throughout the season to reduce build up of calcium on the cell itself can prolong the longevity of the cell.

Salt Cell

The salt cell is a series of plates with opposite charges in a cell.  As the water passes between the plates, electrolysis takes place, releasing the chlorine in the salt.

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Does The Water Taste Salty?

No, the ocean has about 20,000 parts per million (ppm) of salt in the water, while a saltwater pool has only about 3000 parts per million salt.  At 3000 ppm, you generally cannot even taste the salt.  Any water under 6000 ppm is still considered fresh water. Your eye contains about 9000 ppm salt.

Where Does The Salt Go?

We add granulated salt (looks a lot like table salt, but without any additives) to the pool according to manufacturer’s instructions.  Most manufacturers recommend pouring it into the deep end of the pool, but read your directions carefully.  The salt quickly dissolves in the pool water.  Please note this is not food grade salt, nor is it ice melting salt.

You will need to add more salt to make up for rain water dilution and splash out.

Will I Save Money?

You will not have to buy maintenance chlorine therefore we think that in the long run you will because of the more efficient care that the pool gets. The cell that we provide has a 10,000 hour life, if properly maintained.

What About Maintenance?

The water chemistry will still need to be balanced for pH, Total Alkalinity and Calcium Hardness. You will still be testing for chlorine and also cyaniaric acid.  Special attention needs to be made to pH to keep the salt cell from corroding. We do recommend a Stain & Scale treatment as well as an algaecide (just like before).   Visit our store to get our recommendations on products designed for salt use.

The cell should be cleaned every few months. This is a lot easier than it sounds and much easier than turning around a green pool.

Instuctions on cleaning cells for an intellichlor unit installed by GVPS

Need more help? We would love to help you choose the right salt generator.

To speak with someone about salt generators, please call 610-889-0711.

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