DIY Salt Water Pool


Saltwater swimming pools have become increasingly popular due to their low cost supplies, simple care and environmental friendliness. Even better, a saltwater pool is easily created by converting your existing chemically-treated swimming pool. While you can hire someone for the conversion, it is relatively straightforward to do yourself. The proper equipment and instruction guidelines make it a project even beginners can do.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Saltwater chlorine generator
  • Pool grade salt
  • Saltwater pool test kit
  • Drain your swimming pool of all existing chemically-treated water, if you are using an existing pool. If you are starting with a newly installed swimming pool, proceed to Step 2.

  • Fill your swimming pool with fresh water. Do not add salt or chemicals to this water.

  • Wire the saltwater chlorine generator to your swimming pool pump, according to the directions provided in the owner's manual. Each generator is different, so exactly follow your generator's specific instructions. Once the generator is wired to the pump, the generator will power on each time the pump is turned on.

  • Add pool grade salt to your pool, according to the directions in your saltwater chlorine generator owner's manual. If you are unsure how much salt to use, or exactly how to add the salt, a pool care specialist may be able to offer advice for your specific situation.

  • Test the water regularly using a saltwater pool test kit. This ensures that your pool's generator is creating proper levels of chlorine to keep your pool clean and sanitized.

Tips & Warnings

  • Choose pool equipment, such as pipes, pump and heater, that is compatible with a saltwater pool system. Saltwater corrodes certain metals and liner materials, so choose your pool equipment carefully and check to see if your pool equipment is compatible with saltwater, if you are using an existing pool setup.
  • Choose a saltwater chlorine generator from a brand you trust with an easy-to-read control panel. This makes pool maintenance easier in the future.
  • Making your own saltwater chlorine generator is possible, but requires extensive knowledge of electric wiring and pool care. This could be a dangerous undertaking and is much safer when done by an experienced professional.

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