Boosting Your Saltwater Pool’s Chlorine Levels: Step-by-Step Guide

To increase chlorine in a saltwater pool, here are some general steps you might consider:

Check Salt Level: Ensure that the salt level in your pool is within the range recommended by your pool’s salt chlorine generator (SCG) manufacturer. Too little salt can result in low chlorine production.

Inspect and Clean the Salt Cell: The SCG has a cell that can become clogged with mineral deposits, which can reduce chlorine output. Cleaning the cell according to the manufacturer’s instructions is crucial for maintaining chlorine levels.

Check the SCG’s Performance: Make sure the SCG is functioning properly. Some units have indicators to show if they are generating chlorine effectively.

Adjust the Output: Most SCGs have a control that allows you to adjust the amount of chlorine they produce. Increasing the output setting will increase chlorine production.

Stabilize the Pool: Cyanuric acid (stabilizer) levels should be kept in the correct range to protect the chlorine from being broken down by sunlight.

Run the Pump Longer: The SCG only produces chlorine when water is flowing through it. Running the pump longer each day will increase chlorine production.

Shock the Pool: If chlorine levels are very low, you may need to shock the pool. You can use a chlorine-based shock or a non-chlorine shock, depending on your preference and the pool’s needs.

Check for Issues: If all else fails, there may be issues with the pool that are causing chlorine demand to increase, such as algae growth, high bather load, or other contaminants. Address these issues to reduce chlorine demand.

Always consult the manufacturer’s guidelines for your specific equipment and test your water regularly to ensure proper chlorine levels and overall water balance. If you need more detailed instructions or if you have a specific issue with your SCG, it would be best to contact the manufacturer or a pool maintenance professional.