You need a special pump and filter to run a salt water pool. There is no such thing as a “salt water pump” or “salt water filter”; any pool pump or filter will do just fine.
The 3 main types of filters that can be used with your salt system are sand, cartridge and diatomaceous earth or D.E. When considering each type of filter for your salt water pool they each have their distinct advantages, ideal application and disadvantages.
Some sump pump manufacturers, such as Sta-Rite, go so far as to void a product's warranty if you use it with salt water. Salt water can damage the actual sump if it's not removed quickly.
Get started today! You can convert your chlorine pool into a saltwater swimming pool and enjoy the benefits of salt water chlorination right in your own backyard. If your pool has a traditional chlorine sanitization system, you can easily switch to Hayward's advanced salt chlorination system.
If you have a vinyl liner, you'll be happy to know you can use a salt chlorinator system in your pool without taking any extra precautions. The liner will be exposed to lower levels of chlorine, so it may even extend your liner's lifespan.
Salt And Sump Pumps Don't Mix
Sump pumps and associated components such as float switches are not designed for exposure to salt water. The corrosive action of salt water may damage rubber seals as well as the cast-iron pump body, the stainless steel pump shaft and the pump impeller.
A salt water pool pump for an inground pool will cost from $690 to $920 for pools 15,000 – 40,000 gallons of water in size. For above-ground salt water pools that are larger, you'll pay $500 and up for a pump rated up to 18,000 gallons.
Salt water systems are completely chlorine-free. ... You need a special pump and filter to run a salt water pool. There is no such thing as a “salt water pump” or “salt water filter”; any pool pump or filter will do just fine.
You still need the sand filter. The saltwater setup turns the salt to chloride (sodium chloride) and the ozonator kills germs etc... the sand filter filters out the algae and all the other particles before the water goes through the saltwater system.
Sand simply acts as the porous medium through which groundwater and seawater meet. No. The sand will not filter the dissolved salt. At some point away from the shore the pressure of the ground water should keep the salt water back.
The most common type of membrane separation is called reverse osmosis. Seawater is forced through a semipermeable membrane that separates salt from water. Because the technology typically requires less energy than thermal distillation, most new plants, like Tampa's, now use reverse osmosis.
Besides normal and good water balance, all you need for a salt water pool is a chlorine generator and enough pool salt to raise the level to the salt system manufacturer's recommendation. You will still need to maintain good water balance on a salt water pool.
The only equipment you need to convert your pool is the salt water chlorine generating system. Purchase a system, such as the AquaRite, consisting of a control box and a salt cell. The control box is no bigger than a lunch box and it is installed on a wall.
Most people are able to convert their inground pools to a salt system for around $1,700 to $2,500 plus the cost of salt (typically 25 cents to 63 cents per pound). This cost includes the salt chlorine generator, which can vary in price depending on the size and manufacturer.
Pros of Saltwater Pools
They're gentler on the skin, with less irritation to the eyes, hair and swimsuits. The water has a softer, silkier feel to it compared to chlorine water. They have lower maintenance costs than chlorine pools. There's no need to store harmful chemicals.
Expect to pay less than $100 per year for the salt and chemicals to maintain your salt water swimming pool. Compare this to $300 to $800 yearly for the chemicals to maintain a traditional chlorine pool. Homeowners should budget an additional $200 to $700 every 3 to 5 years to replace the salt cell.
By running the water softener drain directly into the sump basin the sump pump will pump the backwash to the desired level where it can then be drained further into either a drain that leads to a sewage system or other form of drainage.
If you'd like to install your water softening system outside, you can. Just know that you will have to make sure that you reside in a climate that doesn't get very cold outdoors like southern Florida or Hawaii. Most people will install the system inside a basement or a garage, however.
Another 'hot' issue that can be quite destructive is the cavitation that easily occurs when pumping high temperature water. This is a problem not just for submersible pumps but vertical and horizontal centrifugal pump configurations as well.
Some people find this type of pool less harsh on their hair, eyes, and skin than a chlorinated pool. Saltwater pools are becoming more common at hotels, resorts, and on cruise ships. You can find natural saltwater lagoon pools in places like Mozambique and Bolivia.
Yes, a salt water pool has a reduced cost of operation as compared to a traditional chlorinated pool. This cost savings is primarily because chlorine is generated from salt and there is no need to buy chlorine. Additionally, salt water pools require fewer chemicals to keep the water clean and clear.
There is, yes, some risk that the salt in the water will corrode your pool or pool elements. For above ground pools, you should not use a saltwater system with a steel or aluminum pool, as it will destroy the pool. A resin pool, however, should be fine. Vinyl pool liners are also good at resisting damage from salt.