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How to Open a Salt Water Pool

By Adam Tavangaran

Pools can have a potential negative environmental impact resulting from using the chemicals that are necessary to keep a home pool clean and sanitary. Fortunately, many people are discovering that they can have the pool they desire without the attendant chemicals simply by changing over to a salt water pool.

If you are still using a standard pool cleansing and filtration system, you will need to change over to a saltwater chlorinator. The process is fairly simple, and can be done without hiring a professional. You can get the kit at any pool supply store.

After uncovering your pool, you can expedite the seasonal cleaning process by putting salt directly into the pool itself. Then simply make sure that your chlorine generator is functional. It will work similarly to a traditional pool filter, cleansing the pool water as it cycles through.

Allow the pool water to run through the filter for several days (depending on the size of the pool and how dirty the water is).

Check your pool’s pH level. The chlorine produced by the salt and the chemical process in the chlorine generator loses its ability to sanitize at pH levels above 7.88.

Add the appropriate level of conditioner or stabilizer recommended for your size pool. This will prevent the chlorine from leaching out of the pool as a result of being exposed constantly to sunlight.


Things You Will Need

  • Salt water chlorinator
  • Chlorine generator
  • Non-iodized salt
  • Conditioner (or stabilizer)


  • Maintain a chlorine level between 1 and 3 PPM in order to ensure that your pool water is properly sanitized. Keep your pool clean and algae free. There are algae-eliminating products designed specifically for salt water pools that will keep algae growth to a minimum. This will allow you to use your chlorine generator less frequently, which will in turn extend its life.


  • Make sure to keep a close eye on the pH levels in your salt water pool as even salt water pools can get higher or lower than the desired pH. Also, clean your salt water pool regularly to ensure that you do not burn out your chlorine generator.

About the Author


Adam Tavangaran, a marketing student at Southern Illinois University, has extensive experience researching topics including market research and financial data. He has written numerous search engine optimization articles for travel sites. Tavangaran began freelance writing in 2007.