How to Maintain Saltwater Swimming Pools

If you have or are considering a saltwater pool, you’ll enjoy the benefits of needing less chlorine and other harsh chemicals. Saltwater is also better for your skin, hair, and clothing, and it eliminates the fluctuations in chlorine levels that can happen when the pool is shocked. However, remember that saltwater pools require different maintenance than traditional chlorine pools. Our pool renovation experts in Pinellas County have some tips to help you.

Maintaining Your Saltwater Pool

Daily Care

  • Make it a habit to check your pool daily. Here’s what to do:
  • Skim any visible debris from the pool.
  • Empty your pump basket and clean the skimmer.

Weekly Care

  • Clean your swimming pool at least twice a week. If you have many trees around, you might need to clean it more often. Here’s your weekly checklist:
  • Use a net to clear leaves and debris from the pool’s surface.
  • Run a pool vacuum manually for 45 to 60 minutes, or consider saving time with an automatic pool cleaner.
  • Ensure your pump and filters are working properly.
  • Check the water’s balance and chemistry. You can use test strips or drop kits to ensure the pH level is ideal and the free chloride is accurate.
  • Rinse the pump, filter, and skimmer with a garden hose.

Monthly Care

  • Every month, check and test additional levels:
  • Verify the salt level is within the manufacturer’s recommended range, which should be between 3000 and 3550 ppm. Use a saltwater testing kit and don’t rely solely on your salt chlorinator’s automatic reading.
  • For outdoor pools, stabilizer levels should be between 70-80ppm, and for indoor pools, between 0-30ppm. Add fresh water if levels are too high, or cyanuric acid if they are too low.
  • Keep calcium levels between 200 and 400 ppm. Higher levels help keep the pool clear, while lower levels might cause etching on plastered pools.

Quarterly Care

  • Most manufacturers recommend checking your salt cell every three months:
  • Remove the salt cell and inspect it visually for any debris or scale.
  • If you see deposits, flush them with a high-pressure hose. If that doesn’t work, gently scrape the cell with a piece of wood or plastic. As a last resort, use a mild muriatic acid wash (mix water and muriatic acid in a 4:1 ratio). Always add acid to water, never the reverse. After soaking the cell for a few minutes, rinse it thoroughly with a hose.
  • Reinstall the cell after cleaning and inspection.


This guide should help you maintain your saltwater pool system. If you’re not comfortable performing these steps, consider hiring a pool service. For more information about pool renovations in Pinellas County, contact us today. We can help enhance your pool experience.

This post was written by a professional at Clear Tech Pools. Clear Tech Pools offers Pool Cleaning Service Zephyrhills FL. Our company was founded by local residents on the principles of hard work, exceptional customer service and a focused attitude. It is these qualities, along with our outstanding performance that keeps our customers satisfied. We have built, renovated and serviced thousands of pools in the area, and we have a long list of references available for all of our services upon request. Our staff of professional technicians have extensive training for fast and efficient service. We maintain our excellent reputation for quality by maintaining friendly relationships with our customers.