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All pools are subject to scaling, corrosion, premature finish deterioration and equipment failures. Most of these can be prevented or controlled through proper water balance and the use of proper products designed for the type of pool you have. A couple of additional considerations for salt water pools that are different from traditional chlorine pools include;

- protecting the ECG and extending its usable life

- the appearance of salt deposits on some pool decks and water features

- the possibility of galvanic corrosion on certain metals


We cannot overemphasize the importance of taking proper care of your ECG to prevent scale from decreasing its efficiency, causing excessive run times and dramatically shortening the life of the ruthenium coated plates. Neglect of this important factor can shorten an ECG’s life from 5 plus years to less than one year. Certain types of scale when the wrong products are used in a salt water pool will accelerate this problem even faster. This is why it is so important to use the very best products designed exclusively to control these problems in your salt water pool. Ordinary salts and chemicals designed for traditional chlorine pools can lead to undesirable effects on your ECG. Remember, preventing scale is by far the most cost effective way to protect your ECG.

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