How to Open a Saltwater Pool

You are on the way to convert your conventional chlorine pool to a saltwater pool in this season. So, you purchase every equipment required to turn your pool to saltwater.

But the heck is- you don’t know how to open a saltwater pool as each of the equipment is different from the chlorine pool system.

Therefore, the opening process of the saltwater system pool has some key differences.  If you can’t do the process correctly, the whole system may malfunction.

In return, you will not get healthy water for swimming. To help you out, this step by step guide will educate you on opening the saltwater pool.

How to Open a Saltwater Pool

How to Open a Saltwater Pool

Following the steps, you can open the saltwater system correctly.

Step 1

First off, clean up the pool cover to remove debris and dirt from it. You can use a garden hose, a pool brush, and detergent to wash away the cover.

Keep the pump cover on the liner and use detergent. Then, wet it with a garden hose. Finally, scrub the liner with the help of a brush.

Step 2

After cleaning the cover, it’s time to tidy up the pool, its sidewalls, and floor. You can use a leaf net to catch the floating debris and remove them from the pool.

To pick up debris and leaves from the pool surface, you can use a skimmer or a vacuum. And for cleaning sidewalls, use a pool brush to remove out debris from the pool wall.

Step 3

After cleaning the pool thoroughly, it’s time to refill the pool with water according to the halfway of your pool skimmer face. Never let the water level up to the skimmer face.

Check every pool equipment and connect them correctly. If you don’t clean the filter before, you should wash it now.

Next, hook up the ECG (electrolyte chlorine generator). However, don’t turn it on yet until you check the salinity level.

Step 4

Pool experts recommend giving a chlorine shock for killing bacteria and algae to make your pool water crystal clear.

For shocking your pool, you need chemicals like cal hypo or sodium hypo and chlorine.

For a 10000-gallon pool, you need to use 10 ounces of sodium hypochlorite with 12.5% chlorine to disinfect your pool.

On the other hand, 1 pound of cal hypo is recommended to apply for a 10000-gallon pool.

Before applying them in the pool, make sure the water in your pool is normal. And the pH level and alkalinity level are between 7.2-7.6 and 80-100ppm.

You can add the sodium hypo directly to your pool water to sanitize the water. In contrast, you need to dissolve the cal hypo before applying it in the pool.

Finally, run the pool water system for 24 hours to kill bacteria and sanitize the water.

Step 5

Shocking treatment helps to sanitize your pool water by killing bacteria and germs.

But what do you think about protecting your pool against corrosion, stains, and scaling?

So, use treatment products to protect your pool from corrosion. However, you need to check whether the product is specially designed for the saltwater pool or not.

Otherwise, it may damage or affect the pool and its water.

Step 6

Now, it’s time to test the water of your pool and the quality of the water.

So, take sample water from your pool from the elbow depth and bring it to a pool expert for testing. After getting the test result, you can know what you should adjust to the water to make it suitable for swimming.

Generally, you need to adjust the following things to balance the water.

  • Salinity Level
  • pH level
  • Cyanuric acid
  • Total alkalinity
  • Calcium hardness

Step 7

Use pure salt ( if required) in the water according to the ECG’s manufacturer guideline. You can sanitize the water with the help of high-quality pure salt by killing contaminates.

However, don’t use salt from the grocery store. Instead of sanitizing the water, it may affect the clarity of the water.

Step 8

Finally, turn on your saltwater pool system or ECG. Make sure you set the highest chlorine output level. Keep it turned on for at least 24 hours until you get the free chlorine level between 1-4 ppm.

Later, you can decrease the output level to maintain the ECG’s manufacturer recommendation.

Maintenance Tips

Check every week the pH level of your pool water. And check the alkalinity level, salinity level, cyanuric acid, and calcium hardness every month.

If any level of those seems unbalanced, take the necessary steps, and use the recommended products to balance your pool water.

Also, make these adjustments maintaining the ECG’s manufacturer guidelines.


I hope you find this guide on how to open a saltwater pool helpful.

Following the step by step guide, you can easily open your saltwater pool system for swimming.

However, we recommend you maintain the ECG’s manufacturer guideline when required to make any adjustments. Otherwise, you will suffer a long and cost you a lot.

If you have any questions about the saltwater pool system, leave a comment below. We are here to help you.

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