When performing a pool closing on a salt water pool, the process is slightly different than in a chlorinated pool. The salt generator works much differently when it comes in contact with cooler water. The salt generator may tell you the pool is low on salt, when in fact it isn’t.
Before Closing a Salt Water Pool – Follow these steps:
- Low Salt Level – I recommend double checking the salt levels with test strips for a more accurate reading once the water temp has become cooler. Prior to closing the pool, try not to add any salt unless absolutely necessary! Shock your pool 1 week prior to the pool closing using powdered shock, NOT the generator. As contaminants in the pool can react with the salt, it can cause staining, it is best to have the salt level lower.
- Balance Water Chemistry – As with any pool, making sure your pool’s water is properly balanced prior to closing is very important. Without proper balance, as the water temp cools and there is no circulation, it becomes easy for salts to form crystals.
- Make sure Your Pool is Clean – Prior to the pool closing, it is always a good idea to make sure that pool has been cleaned thoroughly. During the Winter months, it is recommended to check cover for proper fit every other week or so. A proper fitting cover ensures no dirt or debris are getting past the cover and into the pool.
After the Pool Closing
- DO NOT add salt to the pool once closed.
- It is a good idea to test water about every 5-6 weeks to ensure proper balance
- Maintain a clean cover and when necessary make any repairs needed on straps, water bags, etc.
In conclusion, for the owners of a salt water pool, stains may by prevented by following the above listed steps or by having your pool closed by the Pool Pros at Elite Lawn Sprinklers, Pools & Spas.