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If you own a salt system and have a swimming pool in the San Diego area or anywhere in the Southwest United States where calcium levels are high, you’re going to want to read this blog post. Simply put, most salt systems can’t handle Calcium Hardness (CH) levels higher than 400-600 parts per million (ppm).  At those levels it means scaling has most likely occurred on the electrode plates, the calcium content is already too high for the salt system and it will no longer produce chlorine for the swimming pool. It is an extremely common issue in our area, one that most pool owners won’t think about and once the calcium levels get higher than the recommended level you will need to change out the water in your swimming pool. This is something we recommend every two years and depending on what type of salt system you have if you want it to work than it might need to be changed out every year! Please note that since the water coming out of the tap in San Diego is approximately 300 ppm it means even if you drain and refill your swimming pool, you might have the same issues as before shortly after you refill it! This can be extremely frustrating especially after you spent money on a new salt system.  That’s why we recommend recycling your swimming pool water using our mobile filtration trailer which uses Reverse Osmosis (RO) filtration to lower the following issues:

  • Calcium Hardness
  • Total Dissolved Solids (TDS)
  • Cyanuric Acid (CYA)
  • Salts
  • Phosphates
  • Waterborne Diseases

Filtering your swimming pool water with our Puripool Reverse Osmosis (RO) Mobile Filtration Trailer gives you drinking quality water in your swimming pool. That means it is by far the best water quality not only for your swimming pool but your salt system too! To keep your salt system functioning optimally you will need to keep scale off the electrode plates and your calcium levels low. If not, the system will not function correctly and you will need to treat your swimming pool water using chlorine which is the exactly what you wanted to avoid by purchasing a salt chlorinator. Please note, we recommend SGS Salt Systems because they can handle higher levels of Calcium Hardness. They were manufactured for our water in the Southwest United States, they make a great quality product and their warranty is superior to others. If you make the switch to their product from your current salt system or convert your current pool water to a salt pool we highly recommend their system and checking your CH levels at least once a year to prevent problems from occurring. If you should have any questions, please contact us for more information.