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How to clean your salt cell

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A salt cell, also known as a chlorine generator, is an important part of every pool. It produces sanitisers that keep your water fresh and clean. However, it requires ongoing maintenance to continue functioning, or serious problems can arise.

What problems can a dirty salt cell cause?

How well do you know your salt cell?

If a salt cell is not functioning properly, then chlorine production will falter. This can create conditions conducive to algae and bacteria spreading through your pool. A dirty salt cell can also have a reduced life span. This means more money spent replacing it.

Water will also fail to flow properly throughout the pool with a dirty salt cell, causing further pool maintenance issues.

How does a salt cell get dirty?

The process by which a salt cell produces chlorine is how it can become clogged, dirty or broken. Salt chlorination creates calcium deposits, which can settle on the cell and clog it up. This means regular pool maintenance is a necessity to make sure your cell remains clean.

How to clean a salt cell

Step one: Remove the salt cell from its chlorinator housing. Before you treat it, make sure to hose it down with warm water for best possible results.
Step two: Put some Filtrite Salt Cell Cleaner in a sturdy plastic container.
Step three: Put the salt cell in the container for 10 to 15 minutes or until deposits disappear.
Step four: Check your salt cell. If calcium deposits have become heavily encrusted, you might need to repeat steps two and three. Never use a metal implement to dislodge leftover calcium deposits, as you can damage your cell. From there, reinstall your salt cell.
Step five: You can re-use the same batch of Filtrite Salt Cell Cleaner, but for best results it is a good idea to use a fresh solution.
Step six: For this step, the Clark Rubber experts recommend using Filtrite Stain and Scale Control on your salt cell. You should do this on a regular basis. Speak to the Clark Rubber team if you are not sure how often.
Step seven: Filtrite Stain and Scale Control will soften any further calcium deposits on your salt cell, which makes them much easier to remove.

How to prevent calcification of a salt cell

If you want to keep your salt cell clean before any problems persist, start by keeping the water fully balanced and use Filtrite Salt Cell Protector Plus. It is important that you don't use hydrochloric acid to clean the cell, as this can shorten the life of your cell.

These steps will keep pool sanitisers flowing into your water without a problem, giving you a clean and sparkling pool whenever you need it.

If you have any questions about your pool maintenance, get in touch with the team at Clark Rubber. We can also test your water and provide expert advice on how to keep it clean. We can also do the work for you with our Onsite Pool Care service.

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