Saltwater Above Ground Pool Maintenance

There are many benefits to using a Saltwater System with your swimming pool. Learn all you need to know about how to maintain a Saltwater above ground pool in our helpful guide below.

Saltwater Above Ground Pool Maintenance

Essential Tips for Saltwater Above Ground Pool Maintenance

Maintaining a saltwater pool is a breeze when you know the right steps to take. With proper care, your above ground saltwater pool can provide endless hours of enjoyment for you and your family. Let's look into some essential tips to keep your saltwater pool in pristine condition.

Regular Cleaning Routine

A consistent cleaning routine is vital for keeping your saltwater pool crystal clear. Use a skimmer to remove any debris floating on the surface. Brush the walls and floor of the pool to prevent algae buildup. Investing in a robotic pool cleaner can also streamline the cleaning process, ensuring a spotless pool with minimal effort. You can find our Robotic Cleaners here → Automatic Pool Cleaners

Balanced Chemical Levels

Maintaining balanced chemical levels is crucial for the health of your saltwater pool. Test the water regularly and adjust the pH, chlorine, alkalinity and salt levels as needed. Keep in mind that saltwater pools require less chlorine than traditional chlorine pools, but it's still essential to monitor and maintain the appropriate levels for optimal sanitation.

  • The ideal range for the pH level is 7.2 to 7.6 (parts per million).
  • The ideal range for the Total Alkalinity is 80 to 120 ppm.
  • The ideal salt level is between 2700-3400 ppm.
  • The ideal chlorine level is between 1.0 and 3.0 ppm.
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Saltwater Pool System Maintenance

Regularly inspect and maintain your saltwater pool system to ensure it's functioning correctly. Check the salt cell for any buildup or debris and clean it as necessary. For instructions on how to clean your salt cell, visit our Salt System Support Page here → 
Salt System Support

Monitor the salt levels in the pool and add salt when needed to maintain the recommended concentration. Additionally, inspect the pump, filter, and other components of the pool system to ensure they're in good working condition.

Regular Inspection

Regular inspections are key to catching any potential issues early on and preventing costly repairs down the line. Keep an eye out for leaks, cracks, or other damage to the pool structure. Inspect the pool equipment for any signs of wear or malfunction and address any issues promptly. By staying proactive with inspections, you can ensure your saltwater pool remains in top condition year-round.


With proper maintenance and care, your saltwater above ground pool can provide years of enjoyment for you and your family. By following these essential tips, you can keep your pool clean, clear, and inviting throughout the swimming season. Remember to establish a regular cleaning routine, maintain balanced chemical levels, inspect and maintain your pool equipment, and conduct regular inspections to keep everything in optimal condition. With a little effort and attention to detail, your saltwater pool will be the highlight of your backyard oasis.

Salt Reference Table

The following table displays a pools size and shape and the recommended amount of salt one would need based off those dimensions.

Pool SizeShapeGallonsSALT (lbs.)BAGS (40lbs.)
12'Round 3,000 872
24'Round13,000 406 10
12'x17'/18'Oval 5,000 1453.5
15'x30'Oval 10,500 3198

Please note: Pool calculations below have been rounded off to be used as a quick guide for easy pool maintenance. For exact calculations please use our pool volume calculator.

Replacement Cell for Solaxx Retro Jet RJ

Solaxx Retro Jet RJ Replacement Salt Cell. Chlorinates pools up to 25,000 gallons. It includes a manufacturer’s 1-year manufacturer's warranty.