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Keep your pool healthy

August 1, 2019


When it comes to sprinkling salt on our food, many people choose the healthier options such as Himalayan salt instead of using regular table salt. However, when it comes to the health of pools, many people assume all salts are the same. But they’re definitely not.

Keep your pool healthy

Tempting as it may be to pick up pool salt from your discount or grocery store, using inferior salt in your pool can be detrimental to the health and life of your pool. Everyone in Cairns and Far North Queensland love their pools during the warm months and wouldn’t consciously cause any damage to it.

There is a huge difference in pool salts. Inexpensive and inferior pool salt usually consists of course rock salt and includes impurities. This can interfere with the pool pump’s performance, can take longer to dissolve and may cause staining on the pool’s floor.

And, there’s not a pool owner in Cairns and Far North Queensland (or anywhere in the world, for that matter!) who wants to have to replace or repair their pool pump or go to the expense of having their pool floors acid washed to remove stains.

Talking with the pool experts at Allan’s Pool Shop, which, at 38 years old, is the longest-standing pool shop in Cairns, is the best way to gain a complete understanding of what pool salt actually does and what type of salt is best for your pool.

Known as the pool experts in the region, the team at Allan’s uses and supplies only food-grade salt, a very fine salt that dissolves before it even hits the pool’s floor and is free of impurities and minerals like iron, manganese and calcium.

So, what exactly does pool salt do?

“Dissolved pool salt generates chlorine,” explains Allan’s Pool Shop manager Andrew Hanegraaf. “The salt mixes with the water, gets passed through the saltwater chlorinator where it gets electrically charged and becomes a gas form of chlorine. That gas form of chlorine fights bacteria and sanitises the pool’s water before it loses its charge and becomes salt again. It gives pools a constant supply of chlorine.”

It is advisable to check the saline levels of your pool once a month during off-peak pool use times and bi-weekly during the warmer months when the pool is in full use.

One of the best and most reliable ways to check the salt levels of your pool water and have a full analysis of the water at the same time is to bring a sample of your pool’s water to Allan’s Pool Shop where the specialists will help you keep your pool in a healthy and long-lasting condition.

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