How to Clean Your Salt Cell – Step-by-Step Guide
Regular maintenance and cleaning of your salt cell is crucial to ensure it functions efficiently, prolong its lifespan, and prevent scaling or damage. Here is a detailed guide on how to clean your salt cell effectively:
Step 1: Safety First
Before starting the cleaning process, turn off the power to your pool system and ensure the salt cell is not hot to the touch. This prevents any potential accidents or shocks during cleaning.
Step 2: Removing the Salt Cell
Locate your salt cell within the plumbing system. In most cases, salt cells are installed near the pool filter or heater. Once identified, follow these steps to remove it:
- Close any necessary valves to isolate the salt cell.
- Using a suitable wrench, gently loosen the unions on both sides of the cell.
- Remove the salt cell carefully from the plumbing, ensuring any excess water is drained.
Step 3: Visual Inspection
Take a close look at the salt cell for any signs of build-up, debris, or scaling. Identifying any damages or excessive deposits will help determine the appropriate cleaning process.
Step 4: Acid Cleaning
Acid cleaning is usually necessary to remove scale deposits that may have accumulated on the salt cell plates. Follow these steps:
- Prepare a solution of muriatic acid diluted according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Always add acid to water, never water to acid.
- Fill a bucket or container with the diluted acid solution.
- Submerge the cell into the solution, ensuring all plates are covered.
- Let it soak for the recommended time period (typically 15-30 minutes).
- Using a soft-bristle brush, gently scrub the cell to remove any remaining deposits.
- Rinse the salt cell with clean water.
- Inspect the cell once again to ensure all scale has been removed.
Step 5: Reinstallation
After the salt cell is clean, it’s time to reinstall it into the plumbing system:
- Apply a suitable silicone lubricant to the union o-rings to ensure a watertight seal.
- Gently slide the salt cell back into the plumbing.
- Tighten the unions by hand to secure the cell in place.
- Open any valves that were previously closed to allow water flow to the salt cell.
Remember to follow your manufacturer’s recommendations for cleaning frequency and always refer to their specific instructions when available. Regular cleaning and maintenance will keep your salt cell running smoothly and your pool crystal clear for enjoyable swim sessions!