Salt Water Pool Conversion: How to Convert Your Pool to Salt Water

Did you know that converting your pool into a saltwater pool is a simple DIY process? Even, if you need specific information to complete the process, it’s easy!. Here are the steps on how to convert your pool into salt water pool:

Steps to Converting Your Pool to Saltwater

1. Balance the water in your pool based on the installation and manual specifications ( you don’t have to drain the pool)

Water Component

Desired Level

Free chlorine








Calcium hardness


Cyanuric acid

30-60ppm (outdoor) ; 0 ppm(indoor)

2. Add the specific amount of pool shock required for the dimensions and contaminations levels of your pool. The quantity of salt is based on the volume of water in the pool. Thus, the size of the pool is directly proportional to the salt required. The steps include:

3. Spread the salt across the surface of the pool – it may require up to 1 day to dissolve fully.

4. Note: check the instruction manual. It should provide useful information on specific usage techniques, and the amount required for use.

5. Install the chlorinator on the wall near your pool and equipment pad. Ensure you check the installation manual for the best installation results.

6. Connect the chlorinator control to the power system and in relation to the specifications in the manual.

7. Install the chlorinator cell to the swimming pool plumbing after the filter

8. Wire the chlorinator for power, and in relation to the specifications of the user manual

9. Install the chlorinator cell to the pool plumbing once you set up the filter

10. Note: Ensure the chlorinator cell should be the last component for the pool pole before the water travels back to the pool

11. Next, connect the chlorinator cell to the equipment – and this should be it for the pool equipment.

12. Test the pump by checking for signs of leaks. Also, let it run at peak levels for a few hours to improve water circulation and pump performance.

13. The next step is to turn on the salt chlorinator, and begin using the saltwater pool.

14. Once the entire conversion process is complete, keep on performing the maintenance process as usual. It’s a process that ensures the water is clean and also improves the lifespan of the equipment.

How Does a Salt Chlorinator Work?

A salt chlorinator works to convert salt in a self generating supply of pure chlorine. Its a process you use to produce clean and safe water for consumption. Invest in a generator system that is suitable for the size and contaminations levels experienced in your pool. The size and user traffic of your pool are key factors to consider at such a point.

Here is how it works: Add some pool grade salt to the pool, and let it dissolve for a few minutes. Then, direct some power to the chlorine generator, to kickstart the conversion of salts process. The result at this point should be pure chlorine treated water, which should travel back to the pool. That is all there is to it!

Remember that the ideal chlorination system is simple to maintain, easy on your budget, and more convenient than the conventional sanitization techniques.

Starting Using the Salt Water Pool

Get started today because you can do it DIY! The conversion process is simple, when you have the right information for your needs. For those who have traditional chlorine sanitization systems, using advanced salt chlorination systems is best.

Benefits of Salt Water

benefits of salt water

There are several reasons as to why a saltwater pool would be ideal for your needs. Below are some of the leading reasons:


When you catch a whiff of that “pool smell,” you will probably attribute it to the presence of excessive chlorine. That said, the opposite is what might be true.

Chloramines accumulate over time, which can compromise the germ-fighting benefits of water. Also, the chloramines can be harmful to your health by irritating the skin, eyes, and lungs.

Sensitivity Issues

Some people are not necessarily sensitive to chlorine, but regular exposure can lead to allergies – even in people who are not necessarily prone.

Furthermore, if you or anyone in your family has respiratory health complications, chloramine can lead to asthma attacks or breathing complications.

Green Hair

Extended chlorine exposure can lead to the all too dread green hair complication, which can be unsightly. This occurs – believe it or not – due to the oxidation that occurs to the copper that accumulates in your hair.

No More Adding Chlorine

You will no longer have to add chlorine manually to your pool – which can be a demanding process. You just have to dial in the specific amount you need on the salt cell.

Yes, that’s right – this process saves money and time.

Softer Water

Saltwater feels a lot softer on the skin when compared to the conventional chlorinated pool water. Proper maintenance will help avoid itchy skin and won’t have as many adverse side effects, including red eyes.

Test Your Pool Water

Before you start adjusting the pool chemistry of your water, the first step would be to test for free chlorine, cyanuric acid, alkalinity, and pH. Remember to check for other aspects such as heavy metals, salt, and calcium hardness. If you need to adjust your pool chemistry, do this process in this order: chlorine, pH, stabilizer, metals, and calcium hardness.

The order matters because each adjustment can compromise the remaining metrics. Remember that you have to calibrate the levels of chlorine over time to ensure the best results. Once you balance the water, you should be ready to add salt to your pool.

Take Good Care of Your Pool Liner

If you have a vinyl liner, you should be pleased to know that using a chlorinator system is highly convenient. The liner might be exposed to low levels of chlorine. Thus, you will notice improved liner longevity.

However, a significant number of pools often have galvanized liners, which are zinc coated to prevent rusting issues. If your liner leaks, even a small one, it might let salinized water to seep out against the steel wall. In the end, the wall corrodes – and this can be a serious complication.

Remember that above ground pools consist of several metal components, which are prone to rust and damage. Why, this is because of exposure to salts and water, which are leading causes of rust.

Owning A Salt Water Pool

owning a salt water pool

What are the maintenance factors associated with salt water pools and should one be concerned? Remember that a salt water pool produces chlorine using salt, and this won’t balance the water. As such, you may have to rest the water on a regular basis, and add chemicals for the ideal results.

Keeping track using a notebook or a mobile app can be a convenient technique for your needs. Remember, depending on the rate of use of the swimming pool, your water might require large amounts of maintenance. The maintenance process will involve the use of chlorine for sanitizing.

Testing and Cleaning 

Follow the following steps if you want to enjoy clean water and extend the life of the chlorinator cell:

  • Skim the pool to remove debris daily and as frequently as you can

  • Test for free chlorine and pH every week

  • Check and clean the filter, skimmer and pump every week

  • Test for calcium hardness, cyanuric acid, metals, and dissolved salts as well

  • Scrub the sides of the pool and vacuum it at least every month

  • Check the cell for accumulation every three months, and clean it with some hydrochloric acid as required

Choosing A Salt Type

It’s one of the most important decisions you will make when you want to maintain your saltwater pool. Just as you would not use rock salt at your dinner table, in the same way, you can not use table salt in your pool. Remember to use pool grade salt, which works well to neutralize the contaminants.

The most crucial aspect of getting pool salt is to determine the impurity levels. The impurity refers to the minerals and metals in the salt. If you pour salt full of contaminants in your pool, you may have to spend lots of time addressing the imbalances.

The purity of the salt is indicated on the product packaging as a percentage. Using high quality chlorine will ensure the best results for your pool care needs. Also, ensure you use sufficient salt for your pool volume to maintain between 2,700ppm and 3,400ppm. The ideal level averages at 3,200 ppm.


Being able to keep your pool clean should be an essential priority. Thus, this is why this how to convert your pool into a saltwater pool guide is an excellent place to start. Being able to convert your pool will have many benefits, as we have outlined above. That said, practice caution when performing this process, as there is a delicate balance of chemicals involved. Done right, you should have a clean pool with no time. The good thing is that you will do it all minus the hassles of having to call a professional contractor.