What Is a Salt Water Pool Pump?


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A salt water pool pump is a system that converts regular salt into chlorine in a pool. The salt-chlorinated water will not burn people's eyes like regular chlorine does. The salt content is one-tenth that of ocean water.

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When the salt water passes over the electrolytic titanium cell, sodium hypochlorite is produced, which keeps the water clean and clear by eliminating bacteria and algae. An added benefit of a salt water system is that salt does not evaporate like chlorine does.

Salt costs much less than chlorine, so it ends up being a low-cost maintenance system. Once the salt is added to the water, it does not have to replaced unless a large amount of water is splashed out.

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