How Salt Chlorinator Systems Work

What if I told you that you could chlorinate your pool using table salt? You probably wouldn’t believe me, would you? Before you go clicking the “X” button on me, let me explain. Salt Chlorinators use table salt to chlorinate your pool water. You see, when water that contains sodium chloride (salt) has a small electric current applied to it, the salt converts into chloride ions and then into chlorine gas. Once the chlorine gas dissolves back into the water, a pure form of chlorine is distributed throughout your pool. If that’s not the coolest thing since sliced bread, I don’t know what is.

Now, let me introduce you to the wonderful, eco-friendly world of Salt Chlorinators. Without all the advanced chemistry words and formulas, the way a salt chlorine generator works is this:

  • Large quantities of table salt are added into the pool
  • Water containing salt passes through the Salt Cell
  • A small electric current runs through the plates causing a chemical reaction that releases chlorine gas
  • As the water passes through the salt cell during this process, the chlorine gas dissolves into the water and produces pure and fresh chlorine that kills contaminants
  • Finally, the pure chlorine is returned to your pool

Let us show you how this works below:

How Salt Chlorine Generators Work


There are many advantages to using a Salt Chlorinator over more traditional sanitizers. For instance, using a salt system gives you extra time for enjoying your pool rather than fussing with water chemistry every day. After you add your first batch of salt, you shouldn’t have to add more salt for at least three months (Don’t forget to test your water!). In addition to that, you shouldn’t have to replace your salt cell for 3-5 years. Using salt makes your pool water feel smoother, look cleaner, and lessens skin and eye irritation. Being an alternative sanitizer, salt chlorine generators reduce the usage of chemicals and waste and are better for the environment. And to top it all off, the overall savings make these low maintenance and eco-friendly products well worth the investment.

So, now you know something as simple as table salt can be just what you and your family have been looking for in a pool. Remember, if you need any help deciding you can always contact one of our knowledgeable specialists at 800.772.0467.

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