How to Install a Salt Chlorinator
While you can install a salt chlorinator yourself, the process does require you to manipulate electrical and plumbing systems. Since there are many things that can go wrong with installation, make sure to follow the directions that come with your salt chlorinator and avoid making common mistakes.
Use the Right Salt for Your Salt Chlorinator
Salt comes in many different forms and with many different sized crystals. The salt that is used in salt water swimming pools needs to have an extra fine crystal structure. This means that salt packaged for de-icing or cooking are not going to be appropriate for use in your swimming pool. Instead, buy salt that has been specifically formulated and packaged for salt chlorinators.
Add the Salt Where It Can Be Dissolved Quickly
When you add salt to your swimming pool, dump it directly into the pool where it can dissolve quickly. If you have jets on the steps, you can pour the salt just in front of them. This will wash water over the salt and dissolve the salt quickly. However, if you are going to be swimming in your pool right after you add the salt, you should add it to the deep end of the pool.
Don’t Add Salt Too Soon
Another problem that can develop when you install a salt chlorinator is plaster deterioration. If you have recently re-plastered your swimming pool, put off adding the salt as it might dissolve the plaster. Wait for a week or two after the plastering has been completed before you add the salt.
Be Smart About the Wiring and Plumbing
A common problem that develops when people install their salt chlorinator by themselves is that they mess up the wiring and plumbing. If you don’t have any experience with wiring, work with a licensed electrician. If you have a little experience wiring, just make sure to follow the directions that come with the salt chlorinator.
Salt chlorinators come in 2 general voltages, 120V and 240V. It is important to match the voltage that is available at your swimming pool site to that of the pump supply unit in your kit. Otherwise, you can create serious damage to your home’s electrical system and your pump’s electrical system and you could start a fire.