Many customers assume that having a swimming pool equipped with a salt chlorine generator, means that all they have to do is poor in a little salt every once in a while. This is a myth. There needs to be additional maintenance performed. The PH and alkalinity levels need to be monitored as well, and adjusted accordingly. Swimming pool owners with salt chlorine generators often times neglect testing their swimming pool because they assume that if the pool looks fine, the water chemistry is fine. This neglect can have a huge impact on your pool equipment, plaster finish, and coping. The water, when not in balance, becomes corrosive, shortening the life of pool equipment. Poor water chemistry can cause etching and pitting in the plaster of a swimming pool. Again, this is another costly mistake considering that replastering an average size swimming pool can cost anywhere from $2800 to $5000 for regular white plaster. Last, but certainly not least is damage caused to stone coping. Stone coping can eventually break down from the damaging effects of poor water chemistry.
It is now recommended that owners of swimming pools equipped with a salt chlorine generator, test the water chemistry at least twice a week. If you don’t have the time, it is worth the investment of hiring a reputable pool service company to maintain your pools water to the appropriate levels.