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If you want to keep your salt cell working great there are a variety of steps that you are going to need to take to make that happen. Just this past week we were called out to a 20,000-gallon salt pool in Cardiff By The Sea that was struggling with their salt cell. One thing to keep in mind with salt pools is there are a few factors that prevent them from working. The following are those factors:

  • High Calcium Hardness (CH)
  • Unbalanced pH
  • Lack of or too much Cyanuric Acid (CYA)
  • Not enough or too much salt

Deciding to invest in a salt system can be great because you will notice a difference in the feel of the water and you won’t smell like chlorine when you get out of the pool. Keeping your salt cell working great is vital if you want to achieve those. That’s why we decided to discuss this topic because this pool had several different factors that were preventing it from working correctly. When we got out to the pool we measured the following when it came to their water chemistry:

  • Calcium Hardness – 1260 parts per million (ppm)
  • pH – 7.68
  • CYA – 0ppm
  • Salt – 6453ppm

Based on the above numbers it wasn’t working because the CH was too high and so was the salt. Another factor that was preventing it from functioning was the lack of CYA. After filtering this swimming pool for 16 hours we left them with the following ending chemistry:

  • Calcium Hardness – 170ppm
  • pH – 7.41
  • CYA – 0ppm
  • Salt – 1368ppm

With lowered CH and salt they were now able to start fresh and get their salt system working. By keeping the CH low it will prevent scaling on the salt cell. This is a major factor in preventing them from working as most require hardness to be between 200-400ppm. By adding enough CYA to keep it between 50-80ppm that will help as well as adding additional salt for what the system requires. Please keep in mind that most salt systems have specific requirements when it comes to water chemistry and you must maintain those to keep it working. By using our Reverse Osmosis (RO) mobile filtration trailer it is possible to give you the great quality of water that salt systems need to function. This is a service we recommend on salt pools every 1-2 years to keep them working great. If you should have any questions about how our system works and how it can help you, contact us today!