Cheap salt vs costly salt

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razzbones
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Cheap salt vs costly salt

Postby razzbones » Tue 01 Jul, 2014 06:48

Is the are difference between salts? My pool guy sells salt for the pool and says buying Walmart salt will cause yellow spots on the liner. His salt is twice the price of the Morton Pool Salt at Walmart.
Is there any validity to his claims or is he just being a salesman?
I don't want to mess up the new liner with cruddy salt but is there a difference? Thanks.


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AquaRite salt system
McEwen 27 mil vinyl liner
Hayward Pro-Series S244T 24" Inch Inground Swimming Pool Sand Filter
hayward star pump c900
Unicell c-8409 filter
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Cheap salt vs costly salt

Postby CGPoolman » Tue 01 Jul, 2014 11:06

Razzbones,

Yes, there is a difference! I would be wary of the salt pellets (morton makes those) - where all the pieces are uniform. These are pressed into shape, and the "glue" used in this process can gum up your equipment over time. These pellets are usually white in color. I would always suggest using the salt rocks or crystals. This salt is just broken into pieces with no "glue" and almost look clear like salt rocks. It will dissolve into the water without leaving any residues.

That being said, anything you buy from the pool guy is going to be full retail and then some. You can buy decent salt at WalMart as long as you avoid the pellets. Just like anything else, read the bag before you buy it. The less ingredients, the better! A good salt crystal is 99 percent or better pure salt.

-CG
razzbones
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Posts: 14
Joined: Sat 08 Jun, 2013 09:47
My Pool: inground L 30000 gal
AquaRite salt system
McEwen 27 mil vinyl liner
Hayward Pro-Series S244T 24" Inch Inground Swimming Pool Sand Filter
hayward star pump c900
Unicell c-8409 filter
icell c-8409 filter
Location: nc

Cheap salt vs costly salt

Postby razzbones » Tue 01 Jul, 2014 11:44

Thanks, I appreciate that info. This Morton salt says 'free of additives' so hopefully it's ok.
inground L 30000 gal
AquaRite salt system
McEwen 27 mil vinyl liner
Hayward Pro-Series S244T 24" Inch Inground Swimming Pool Sand Filter
hayward star pump c900
Unicell c-8409 filter

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