Keeping salt water cells running in tip-top condition is simpler than you might think – and it doesn’t involve splashing out on a professional pool cleaner! Cleaning and maintaining your salt water cell is one job you can do easily and quickly yourself. Here’s how…
Cleaning salt water cells
Calcium can quickly build up on salt water cells and affect their performance. The best way to get the most out of your salt water cell is to clean it regularly. To keep your salt water cell running at its optimum, you should clean it every 3 – 4 weeks. During peak pool season, you should check your cell weekly to keep on top of calcium build-up.
So, you’ve checked your cell and it needs a clean. Now what?
Cleaning your salt water cell is easy. Submerge your cell in a mixture of 1 part hydrochloric acid and 10 parts water until the calcium build-up has dissolved. For stubborn build-up you can use your standard garden hose. It can be tempting to give your salt water cell a blast with a high-pressure jet or scrape the calcium away with a knife or blade. This will only damage the coating on your cell and affect its performance.
If you have a self-cleaning salt cell, you’re not off the hook. Self-cleaning salt cells can require cleaning, especially if there are issues with the pool water balance. Be sure to check your self-cleaning salt cells monthly for evidence of calcium build-up.
Why maintain and clean salt water cells?
Is it such a big deal if you’re a little lazy when it comes to cleaning your salt water cell? Yes! If you want a cleaner and healthier pool for you and your family to enjoy year- round, then you must schedule in regular maintenance checks of your salt water cell. If you want to get your money’s worth out of your salt water cell, it will pay you to give it the attention it needs.
How to know if a salt water cell needs replacing
Not sure if your salt water cell needs cleaning or replacing? Calcium build-up is a dead giveaway that your cell needs cleaning. Knowing whether or not your cell needs replacing however, is not as obvious.
The easiest way to find out if your cell is functioning properly is to have it tested on an amp meter at your local pool shop. For a sparkling clean and healthy pool year-round, maintaining your salt water cell is a must.