How to Reduce Corrosion on Your Salt Water Pool Generator

What You'll Need
Water testing kit
pH testing kit
Non steel ladders and rails
Water hose

A salt water pool generator is perfect for generating salt to chlorine and saves you money that you will have to otherwise spend to just purchase chlorine. These generators do have the tendency to make the pH level in a salt water pool rise. When this happens, more additions of acid are needed. There are steps to take that will reduce the amount of corrosion that can get in and damage your salt water pool generator. Items needed to help reduce corrosion and some steps that need to be taken are listed below.

Step 1 – Maintain an Equal Chemical Balance in Your Pool

Most pool corrosion build up on a salt water pool generator comes from not keeping the chemicals balanced in the pool. Take a sample of water for testing. Use the water testing kit and the pH kits on the sample to ensure the pools chemicals stay in balance. This may need to be done at least twice a week. You will need to test the water because the chlorine level output on the generator will need to be adjusted as the season progresses. At times, you will need less chlorine and there will be times when more chlorine is needed. The pH level is just as critical as the amounts of chlorine. If the pH is too high or too low, it can affect the plaster in the pool, cause scale formation on the tiles and corrode the generator. Maintaining the chemical balance is the pool is a major step to help prevent corrosion.

Step 2 – Change Your Steel Ladders and Rails for Non-Steel Alternatives

A second step to take in reducing corrosion on your salt water pool generator is changing your steel ladders and rails for non steel alternatives. Salt friendly rails can be purchased. They are good and durable stainless steel rails that are housed in a protective coated casing that basically eliminates corrosion. The coating is made with a material that provides non slip gripping on the ladder and rail. It is also recommended to hose down any potentially corrosive parts. If the pool has an automatic cover, its tracks need to be hosed down as well. Experts will advise you to seal your coping so that salt will not dry and get into it. At the end of each swim day, hose down the coping with fresh water and seal it to keep salt from drying and corroding it. 

Step 3 – Salt Levels

Salt is corrosive it its own nature. Salt can eat away at metal components. Chlorine can bleach the reagents that the generator produces, which can lead to a false reading. You may be getting a reading from the generator that the sodium levels are not high enough and add more salt. The chlorine form the salt water pool generator can produce corrosion based on this reading. Be sure that you are adding the right amount of salt if needed, and check the levels when you do your water and pH testing.