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toronto133

Inorganic Pool Salt

Postby toronto133 » Sun 06 May, 2007 11:52

We installed a salt-water system last year. Our pool company is suggesting that we use Mineral Springs "Great Beginnings" salt to start the pool.

But when I looked at the label it says it contains"non organic salt". Does that mean I am putting in chemicals rather than natural salt?

We put in the system to get a more natural/less toxic swimming environment. So I am reluctant to put this in until I better understand what it is.

Are there any experts on salt content/types out there who could shed some light on this?

Thanks!


me_too

Re: Inorganic Pool Salt

Postby me_too » Thu 17 May, 2007 07:31

toronto133 wrote:We installed a salt-water system last year. Our pool company is suggesting that we use Mineral Springs "Great Beginnings" salt to start the pool.

But when I looked at the label it says it contains"non organic salt". Does that mean I am putting in chemicals rather than natural salt?

We put in the system to get a more natural/less toxic swimming environment. So I am reluctant to put this in until I better understand what it is.

Are there any experts on salt content/types out there who could shed some light on this?

Thanks!

Amazing the marketing isnn't it. Non organic salt is just ... salt. They'll add a few other ingredients, specifically boron, but it remains salt.

So save yourself a few dollars and get water softener salt available at your local hardware store. Make sure it's 99.9% pure with no additiives and you'll be fine.

Save yourself some money and dump water softener salt.

On another matter make sure your existing deck and equipment can withstand salt. We're starting to see corrosion in equipment and decks caused by salt. Get your deck sealed.
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Re: Inorganic Pool Salt

Postby micahharwell » Fri 01 Jun, 2007 12:08

toronto133 wrote:... label it says it contains"non organic salt". Does that mean I am putting in chemicals rather than natural salt?


First off - all salts are chemicals, from table salt (sodium chloride) to lead diacetate.

An organic chemical is one that has carbon in it's composition. Since most salts do not contain carbon, they are NOT organic.

There ARE some organic salts such as MSG and potassium bitartrate, but they wouldn't be used in pool chemistry.

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