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Can You Use Salt Water in Fibreglass Pools?

Pool using Saltwater system in backyard

Saltwater systems have become increasingly popular for inground pools in recent years due to their lower maintenance requirements and the perceived benefits of swimming in salt water. However, there is often confusion about whether or not salt can be used in fiberglass pools. In this article, we will explore the topic and provide you with a clear understanding of using salt water in your pool, such as in a Fibro, which you may already know!

The short answer is yes, you can use salt in your pool. Yes, it is compatible with saltwater systems and can handle the salt levels typically found in the systems for those. The fiberglass material is non-reactive to salt and is not susceptible to corrosion or damage from the salt.


How Does a Fiberglass Pool with Saltwater Work?

Saltwater systems for a pool use a salt chlorinator system to generate chlorine from the salt in the water. This eliminates the need for traditional chlorine tablets or liquid chlorine, making maintenance easier and more convenient. The salt chlorinator system converts the salt into chlorine through a process called electrolysis, which helps to keep the pool saltwater clean and sanitized.


Saltwater System in Fiberglass Pools: Pros and Cons

One of the advantages of using salt in this type of pool is the reduced need for adding and handling traditional chlorine chemicals. Salt water pools typically have lower chlorine levels compared to traditional chlorine pools, resulting in less skin and eye irritation for swimmers. The salt also provides a softer and more natural feel to the water, enhancing the swimming pool experience.

However, it is important to note that even though saltwater systems installed on fiberglass pools have lower chlorine levels, they still require regular monitoring and maintenance. The salt levels, pH levels, and chlorine levels should be checked regularly to ensure proper water balance and sanitation of your saltwater. It is also necessary to clean and maintain the salt chlorinator system to ensure its optimal performance.


How To Use Salt for Maintaining Your Pool?

When using salt in a fiberglass pool, it is crucial to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines (for the saltwater system too) and recommendations. Each fiberglass pool manufacturer may have specific instructions regarding salt usage, so it is important to consult the manufacturer’s documentation or contact them directly for guidance.


Summary of Using Salt in Your Inground Pool

In conclusion, fiberglass pools are compatible with saltwater systems, and you can use salt in the pool. Salt systems for pools offer the benefits of lower maintenance and a more enjoyable swimming experience. However, it is essential to regularly monitor and maintain the saltwater balance and the salt chlorinator system to ensure proper sanitation of the pool. By following the manufacturer’s guidelines and recommendations, you can enjoy the benefits of a salt pool in your fiberglass pool. If you are in Ottawa and in need of an inground pool, give us a call, we’ll be happy to help with your saltwater system related questions!


The author of this post is Mathieu Robert, certified from La Cité Collégiale in construction and building techniques.


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