There are some misconceptions that I see many pool owners have when it comes to salt water systems. One of the biggest is that salt waters pools are chlorine free. Salt water systems are still using chlorine, its just getting in your pool differently. As you may already know, salt is sodium chloride, or NaCl. All the salt generator is doing is breaking apart the salt molecule to produce its own chlorine. Pool owners with these systems still have to maintain a free chlorine level of 1-3 ppm just like any other chlorine pool would. Another misconception when it comes to salt generators is that these systems make it so you no longer have to worry about balancing your water chemistry. This is definitely not the case. Pools with salt generators still need to be balanced for pH, alkalinity, hardness, and stabilizer just like any other pool. In my experience pool owners with these systems either think they are the greatest pool invention ever or they want to throw it in the garbage, there doesn’t seem to be any middle ground. I generally don’t recommend salt generators because I think its just adding another layer of complexity to something that should be as easy and hassle free as possible.