High Calcium Levels and Salt Chlorinators

Are you a part of the salt chlorinator craze that swept the swimming pool market many years ago? Were you sold a system because it was less maintenance? Years ago they came onto the market quickly and were extremely popular because they were sold as easier maintenance for your swimming pool and most importantly the ability to swim in water that didn’t smell like chlorine. As soon as swimming pool owners heard this, it was an easy sell. Less maintenance is a dream come true for most swimming pool owners but unfortunately, they forgot to discuss with everyone how hard our water is in the Las Vegas area. This was vital and was never really discussed and unfortunately, due to high levels of Calcium Hardness, most of the saltwater systems struggle to keep up. In this blog post, we want to highlight how salt systems work, why they have challenges with the hard water and how Clark County Pool & Lawn can help keep them running longer!

Salt Chlorinator Challenges With Hard Water

Most saltwater systems sold have a suggested Calcium Hardness (CH) range of 200 – 400 parts per million (ppm) and some of them can handle up to 600 ppm. Typically, in our area, the CH coming out of the tap starts at 400 ppm so you are already harder than what the system can handle. As water evaporates, calcium, magnesium, and other hardness minerals remain in solution and gradually build up in concentration. This is where the problem exists! As hard water builds up it will begin to scale the water tile line, the interior finish of the swimming pool, filtration equipment, and your salt cell. When calcium scales the salt cell it will prevent it from generating chlorine because the electrode plates are covered with it. At this point, you can acid bath the cell (which takes life off the system) or change out the water. Please keep in mind that when you change out the water you are still putting hard water back in the swimming pool and scaling will return quickly. So, what should you do? Contact Clark County Pool & Lawn

The Clark County Pool & Lawn Solution

We regularly go into homes with saltwater systems and find them unplugged and we see chlorine floaters with tabs in them. No No No! It’s time to recycle your pool water with The Puripool Process and take your pool back! Our mobile filtration trailer is equipped with a Reverse Osmosis (RO) system that recycles the existing swimming pool water. The key with this system is we have the ability to lower your Calcium Hardness levels below our tap water and keep your salt system running longer. By achieving this level, your saltwater system can work optimally, Please note, we suggest purifying your swimming pool every 1 – 2 years to prevent calcium scaling on the system so you can use it the way it was intended. If you have questions on how this system works, or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us today!