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    Adding Salt?

    I'm considering adding salt to my pool for the feel (no SWG), and I've read that 2,000 ppm is the sweet spot. Now what concerns me is that I've also read that salt deteriorates concrete. At what salt level does this start to happen? Should I do 2,000ppm, 1,000ppm or no salt at all?
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    Re: Adding Salt?

    At a salt level of 2000 ppm, you won't see any damage to concrete, especially where you live. The problems associated with salt deteriorating soft stone or concrete surfaces is where there is splash out onto the pool deck or coping that does not get rinsed for long periods. A decent rain shower or quick rinse of the pool deck on occasion is enough to prevent problems, especially at that low of a salt concentration. Most pools with SWCG are about 3500 ppm, not much higher than the 2000 that you want to try. Relatively speaking, it's not a lot of salt considering that sea/ocean water is in the neighborhood of 35,000 ppm.
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    Re: Adding Salt?

    if you never lose salt, actually we always add because of bleach, does there come a time when I will have to do a drain and refill?
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    Re: Adding Salt?

    Bleach adds a bare smidgeon of salt when it breaks down. You'll never have to worry about having added too much via bleach use.
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    Re: Adding Salt?

    Pumping out water after rain, splashout, and backwashing will prevent the salt level from continually climbing.
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    Re: Adding Salt?

    All great answers....as usual!

    Has anybody tried salt (just for the feel) and not liked it?

    I've should've tried it BEFORE I had my liner replaced.
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    Re: Adding Salt?

    another question I have......Would this cause my fence around my pool to rust? I don't know what kind of fence it is, but it is some type of metal. At the closest, the fence is 3ft from the water.
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    Re: Adding Salt?

    I added salt to my hot tub, the whole family loves it...

    add 1 pound of pool salt to your 40 gallon bath tub, that is the same as 2500 ppm salt in your pool see if you like it, take a bath ( i used pool math
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    Re: Adding Salt?

    I added enough salt to bringing it up to 2,000 ppm and so from the people that have noticed a difference all have been positive feedback. As for me, I don't notice a difference.
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