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Salt chlorinators have been increasing in popularity due to the many benefits they provide, particularly in maintaining chlorine levels and in the more pleasant feel of the water.

In making the decision to purchase a salt chlorination system, it is necessary to consider certain facts.  First, salt does not eliminate the need for chlorine.  The salt cell actually ionizes the salt to produce chlorine.  This is accomplished by maintaining the appropriate salt levels and by running the pool filter for the necessary amount of time based on the gallons of water in your pool.  Second, the cell must be maintained and cleaned regularly, as recommended by the manufacturer to ensure optimum performance of the system.  Third, the salt system does not eliminate the need for other chemicals.  It is still very important to monitor all chemical levels and to maintain a pH reading between 7.2 and 7.6.

Proper water chemistry keeps your water clean and clear, and it reduces staining, scaling, and etching of the interior surface of your pool.  Any questions regarding water chemistry in conjunction with your salt system can be answered through any of our retail stores or by attending one of our monthly “Pool Schools.”

In addition to considering the maintenance factors of a salt chlorinator, it is also important to realize that salt is a corrosive mineral.  As such, use of a salt system may lead to the deterioration of certain materials if salt levels exceed the manufacturer’s limits.  This includes, but is not limited to, natural stone (including flagstone, cultured stone, marbella, travertine, etc.), concrete (including Kool Deck, exposed aggregate, etc.), clay tile, grout, some metals, and some equipment components.  Any damage to the pool and/or equipment resulting from salt is not covered under warranty.

If you are not comfortable with these facts, we have several other water management options you may want to consider.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding your purchase of a salt system, please discuss these with your salesman before signing this disclaimer.

I have read and understand the above information regarding salt chlorination systems.  I am aware that there is required maintenance for the salt system to operate properly, as well as maintenance of salt levels, other chemicals, and pH balance.  I am also aware of the corrosive properties of salt, the potential damage/deterioration that may occur as a result of the use of salt in my pool, and that such damage/deterioration is not covered under warranty.