Can I use regular salt in my saltwater spa?

It’s a question we get a lot. “Can I use regular salt in my saltwater spa?” And the answer is: No!

The “why” is a little more complicated. But thankfully Fronheiser Pools has all the information you need to keep your saltwater spa looking and performing it’s best. 

Why Can’t I Use Regular Salt in a Saltwater Hot Tub?

Put simply, table salt, rock salt and ice melt — all commonly available forms of salt — contain impurities and additives that can damage the electrode plates in your chlorinator. Instead, you’ll want to use either refined mineral salts or additive-free food grade (NOT table salt) salts. These contain the levels of sodium chloride you need to achieve the proper chemical reactions for clean, healthy water.

Salt systems are a wonderful way to keep your spa sparkling and sanitized, without using a lot of chemicals. They’re especially great for people with sensitive skin, who report little-to-no irritation after using a saltwater hot tub.

How They Work

People are often surprised to hear that what keeps the water in a saltwater tub clean and safe to use is … chlorine. It’s just that with a saltwater tub, you don’t add the substance to your water. You generate it.

When the saltwater passes over the electrified titanium or platinum plates in your saltwater generator, it creates hypochlorous acid – chlorine. When the chlorine re-enters the water, the sanitizing begins. Eventually, it converts back into chloride, recombines with the sodium in the water, and the process begins again!

And that’s a great thing because chlorine does an amazing job keeping bacteria and other harmful stuff out of your water.

Things to Remember

In addition to the right type of salt to use, there are a few other things you need to bear in mind when it comes to saltwater spa ownership:

  • If the power fails, or the water temperature drops very low (below 60° F), the generator will stop producing chlorine.
  • Overall water balance is important to the life of your salt cell. If the salt level is too high or too low, it can decrease cell life. If the pH, alkalinity or calcium hardness isn’t right, chlorine output is compromised.
  • In a few years, you’ll need to replace the salt cell.

Trust Fronheiser Pools for Saltwater-Spa Safe Water Care

When it comes to ensuring the safety and quality of your pool or spa water, Fronheiser Pools is your trusted partner. Our selection of saltwater-safe chemicals is designed to maintain pristine water conditions, so you can enjoy your aquatic oasis worry-free. If you’re seeking a solution that combines convenience with peace of mind, look no further. Contact us today, and our knowledgeable team will be happy to assist you in choosing the right saltwater-safe chemicals for your pool or spa. Experience a world of crystal-clear, safe, and enjoyable water with Fronheiser Pools. Curious about if a saltwater spa is right for you? At Fronheiser, we have a number of models to choose from and we’re here to answer all of your questions. Call or stop in and see us today!
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