SALT WATER CARE
Rintoul's Water Care Products
Rintoul's Pools & Hot Tubs has a full-line of water treatment products. All our Water Care Products are specially designed to work together as a simple and easy to use system – ensuring a friendly, safe and inviting hot tub environment for family and friends.
We are proud to offer a fully computerized water testing service to all of our customers, FREE of charge. We recommend you bring in a water sample every time you drain and refill, as well as every 30 days the hot tub is in use. We stock a full range of test kits which can be purchased for day to day testing needs.
RINTOUL'S POOLS AND HOT TUBS is your one stop store for pool and water care needs. We carry a full line of various chemical products. We carry everything to help you keep your pool water fresh and clean. Rintoul's Pools and hot tubs is equipped with the best technology testing station. Rintoul's pools and hot tubs offer free water analysis and we have trained employees to help you with your chemistry needs with expert advice that you deserve. Just bring in a water sample and our professionally trained staff will be able to test your water for the following levels: chlorine, bromine, pH, alkalinity, copper, iron, phosphates, calcium hardness, stabilizer, and salt.
Saltwater pools have been favoured in the past, and they do have some unique maintenance needs when compared to traditional chlorine pools. Despite their popularity there is still some information that has not reached all Canadian salt pool owners.
TRUTH # 1
A salt cell generates destabilized chlorine that diminishes rapidly when exposed to sunlight UV rays. A pool water stabilizer product shields against sunlight to extend the life of generated chlorine and minimize cell run time. Stabilizer levels need to be adjusted at spring opening and checked during the season
The process a cell uses to convert saltwater into chlorine contributes to higher water pH every time a cell runs. A pH reducer corrects high pH to protect surfaces and equipment and maintain bather comfort. Granular pH reducers are preferred for ease of handling and safer storage than liquid acids.
The environment within a cell can cause chalky white calcium-scale deposits to form on a cell’s wall over time, decreasing the chlorine output and efficiency. The use of scale prevention products will defend against damaging scale for efficient, long-lasting cell performance.
Chlorine is effective at killing bacteria and algae but creates unpleasant by-products when it reacts with contaminants like sweat or sunscreen. A shock treatment eliminates contaminants for clear, freshwater. Shocking during the swimming season ensures water quality and reduces stress on chlorine generators. Chlorine or non-chlorine shocks can be used.
Saltwater pools need water balance levels tested on a regular basis just like traditional chlorine pools. Use test strips to ensure proper water balance for the best swimmer comfort, equipment, protection, and sanitizer efficiency. Spring start-up, monthly checkups and prior to closing tests at Rintoul Pools & Hot Tubs are recommended.
The amount of salt in a pool and the amount of chlorine being produced are independent of each other. Adding more salt (above what is recommended in the owner’s manual) does not improve efficiency or increase the generation of chlorine. Test strips or dealer testing will confirm salt levels. Get salt levels in the correct range with high-quality pool salt at the start of the season.
The process of generating chlorine within the cell will cause scale buildup that reduces efficiency and shortens cell life. The use of a cell cleaner removes built-up scale to restore cells to peak performance. Starting each season with a properly cleaned cell is strongly recommended.
Truth # 8
Scale occurs when minerals like calcium, iron, medals, or sodium salts come out of the solution. Use stain prevention chemicals to keep minerals locked in the solution. These chemicals are known as ‘sequestering agents’, and they bind to minerals and metals, to keep them from coming out of solution and staining.
Nothing is truly maintenance free, but with some basic knowledge and the ongoing support of your professionals at Rintoul’s Pools and Hot Tubs a salt pool can be a backyard pleasure.