~ Why Saline? ~
The decision to convert your pool to
saline (salt) actually creates a much safer environment than with your
old pool. Saline chlorination is a safer, more effective and environmentally
friendly method for sanitizing swimming pools. South Africa, Canada and Australia
have been using saline chlorination to sanitize swimming pools for over 20 years now.
Let me begin with a little history about chlorine. For nearly
200 years, chlorine has been produced through a method known as electrolysis. This technique involves the passage of an electric
current through saline water to produce chlorine gas. All of the commercial chlorine
production in the world uses the same basic technology as used in saline chlorinators.
By using saline chlorination, you will actually be producing 100% pure chlorine
for sanitizing your pool, as opposed to the chlorination methods you previously used.
Without getting too
technical, let me try to explain how your new system works. To begin, pure
non-iodized table salt, or sodium chloride, will be added directly into your swimming pool.
As the saline
pool water passes through the chlorine generating cell located in your pump room,
electricity is applied to the metal plates inside the cell. As
the low voltage electricity is applied to the saline water, this in turn produces the
chlorine used to kill the bacteria and algae. Once the
chlorine generated from the salt has killed the bacteria and germs, it reverts back to
salt, and the process begins all over again. Occasionally, you will have to add more
salt to replace what is lost to splash-out, overflow and filter back-washing.
Unlike other chemicals which require that the pool be closed when it is added, salt can be safely
poured directly into the pool while everyone is swimming.