How to Convert Saltwater Pool Back to Chlorine

Convert Saltwater Pool Back to Chlorine

Though this may come as a surprise to some, not every pool owner loves salt chlorine generators. Some pool owners do not like to experience the rusting, soft stone decks or investing a few hundred dollars for replacement cell. Regardless of what the reason is, some pool owners are looking for the easiest way to convert salt water pool back to chlorine pool. In this article, we will discuss all that you need to know when it comes to converting salt water pool to traditional chlorinated pool.

Draining the Pool

To convert a salt water pool to a fresh water pool, you will have to drain a portion of your salt pool water and replace it with fresh water. This helps to lower the levels of Cyanuric acid (CYA). Cyanuric acid works as a stabilizer. The chlorine produced by the salt water generator is a pure form. This means you have add Cyanuric acid to protect the chlorine.  The CYA levels of a salt water pool should be 80 to 90 parts per million (ppm), while the level of chlorine should be about 40 ppm.

Since Cyanuric acid does not dissipate from pool water like chlorine, you have to drain a portion of your pool water and then refill it with fresh mesh.  A good way of doing this is using the percentage method.  If the level of CYA is at 80 ppm and you want it at 40ppm, drain about half of the water in your pool.

Balancing Chemicals for Your Pool

After draining the salt water and refilling it with fresh water, you need to continue your regiment of testing hardness, alkalinity and pH before applying the necessary chemicals. It is recommendable you chuck your CYA bottles since liquid and tablet chlorine contain stabilizers with their formulas.

What about the Residual Salt?

After draining the salt water, you may notice some residential. This left over salt may not pose danger to your pool equipment.  The corrosion in your pool was created by electrolysis caused by reaction to the salt cells and not the salt itself. Thus, the leftover salt is relatively harmless.

Choosing Your Chlorinator

Install the chlorinator after installing your solar panels, gas heater and filter. There are many types of chlorinators you can choose from. For both off-line and in-line types,  the biggest concern would be the spacing and location.

Regular flow through cells, such as Pureline, AquaRite and Intellichlor may be long enough for an in-line chlorinator to be slotted in its place. Similarly, an off-line chlorinator would be an ideal solution if your cell has an odd configuration such as Jandy AquaPure Ei or CompuPool. You have to make a small hole for tapping the plumbing line and for the feeder line.

Removing the Old Salt Equipment

You need to remove the old salt system using these three steps:

  • Turn off the power to the control box before un-mounting it.
  • Take out the flow switch before plugging the tee tap.
  • Remove the cell from the plumbing line.

These are the crucial stages involving when converting your salt water pool back to chlorine pool. By following the above steps, you will certainly having an easy time doing the job.

While it may not be a simple task converting your swimming pool, it it worth it in the end for the results!

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