Advice on Salt water spas and pools

Pool & Spa Tips - Salt Chlorination

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Is there a difference between ‘salt chlorinator’ chlorine and ‘normal’ chlorine?

A salt chlorinator makes chlorine the same way a chlorine factory does.

The difference is that it is manufactured in your pool. Liquid chlorine is approximately 12.5% pure, whereas Electrochlor’s chlorine is 100% pure.

Will I ever need to add standard pool chlorine again?

From time to time it may become necessary to add some chlorine to the pool. This may be due to heavy rain or if the chlorine level needs to be shocked back up.

Does the salt damage pool equipment?

No. Low levels of salt have relatively insignificant corrosive effects on pool fittings and equipment.

How do I get started?

It’s easy! After installing your salt chlorinator, you simply add the recommended amount of salt to your pool and choose your desired chlorine level.

How much salt will I need?

1 kg of salt in 1,000 litres of water raises the salt level by 1,000ppm. Therefore, 420 kg of salt will raise a 70,000 litres pool from 0 ppm to 6,000 ppm.

What type of salt should I use?

High purity salt, it is important that the salt does not contain additives. Any common salt (like table salt) usually has an additive that may have staining properties.

Replacing Your Spa Water

While following spa water cleaning tips will keep your water fresh longer, soaps and detergents can build over time in your spa to cause residue.  Know how to replace your water with these steps

Drain and refill tub: Following the instructions in your Owner’s Manual, drain and refill the water in your spa to clear detergent and soap residue that may have accumulated over time

Get pre-filter: For sparkling clean water right from the start, use the CleanScreenTM; Pre-Filter when filling your spa

Attach pre-filter: When using the CleanScreenTM: Pre-Filter, attach it to an ordinary garden hose to remove organic contaminants, metals like copper and iron, and tannins from your new water.

Clean Your Spa Filter Cartridges

Because mineral particles or calcification from hard water can clog any water filtration system, we recommend following these light cleaning tips each month to keep your spa’s water flowing properly. 

Spray cartridges: Spray each cartridge with a garden hose, rotating while spraying to thoroughly remove any debris between filter pleats

Use filter cleaner: Use either FreshWater® Instant Filter Cleaner or FreshWater® Filter Cleaner to keep your filters clean and in good operating condition

Replace filters: While cleaning your filters will help keep water running smoothly, you should replace your filters every three years with genuine Watkins replacement filters

Cleaning Your Spa

Soak in your spa’s sparkling clean water by following these simple cleaning tips.

For the whole spa: Use a mild non-abrasive, non-sudsing cleaner and a soft rag or nylon scrubber to remove dirt build-up

For minor surface cleaning: Use common baking soda to clean small surface areas

For a shiny look: Apply FreshWater Spa Shine to your clean and dry spa shell

For spa pillows: Follow the instructions in your Owner’s Manual to remove and clean your spa pillows

For vinyl cover: First remove the cover and spray it lightly with a garden hose to loosen any dirt or debris that might have built up. Then, using a mild soap solution (1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid with 2 gallons water) or baking soda, scrub the vinyl in a circular motion with a large sponge and rinse with a garden hose. Rinse the bottom of the cover without using soap, and wipe it clean with a dry rag. To condition the cover after cleaning, apply a thin film of Hot Spring Cover Shield™ product.

Helpful Hint: To keep detergent and soap residue out of your spa water, shower without soap before soaking in your spa, and instead of washing your bathing suit use the rinse cycle.