Salt & Swim® 3C Frequently Asked Questions
- What is Salt & Swim 3C?
Salt & Swim 3C is a Salt Chlorinator – it turns ordinary salt into chlorine automatically.
- Why is salt chlorination a good thing?
Salt chlorination delivers 3Cs - the comfort of silky-soft water, that doesn’t turn eyes red, bleach clothing or toys and it eliminates the chlorine odor associated with traditional factory-produced chlorine.
It also delivers convenience. The convenience of not having to buy and lug heavy buckets and jugs of chlorine each season and it takes the guess work out of chlorinating your pool. No more unhealthy chemical highs and lows and it all happens automatically – that’s convenient.
Quite possibly the best thing about Salt & Swim salt chlorination is the cost! You can save 50% or more on the chlorine you buy today.
- How can you save 50% on chlorine costs?
The Salt & Swim 3C salt cell produces a ton of 100% pure available chlorine – literally. Not all chlorine is the same. The deal you get at a discount store might not be a deal at all. It’s important you know about the chlorine you use to sanitize your pool. You might just be shocked at what you’re dumping in your water, and the money you’re wasting.
Chlorine Purity Comparison
Percentage of pure, Available Chlorine
Salt Chlorination 100% Pure Available Chlorine Trichlor 90% Available Chlorine Calcium Hypochlorite 65% Available Chlorine Dichlor 60% Available Chlorine Lithium Hypochlorite 35% Available Chlorine Liquid Chlorine 10% Available Chlorine
Now take into account the price you pay per pound or per gallon depending on the form/s of chlorine you use.
A single Salt & Swim 3C Cell produces 200 lbs of 100% pure available chlorine which is equivalent to:
Amount of Chlorine needed to equal Chlorine produced by a single Salt & Swim 3C Cell Trichlor 225 pounds Calcium Hypochlorite 308 pounds Dichlor 333 pounds Lithium Hypochlorite 571 pounds Liquid Chlorine 208 gallons
Chlorine Comparison Costs:
National Average cost per pound or gallon
Salt & Swim 3C $1.15 per pound Trichlor $2.29 - $2.49 per pound Calcium Hypochlorite $2.00 per pound Dichlor $3.20 per pound Lithium Hypochlorite $3.99 per pound Liquid Chlorine $1.70 - $2.99 per gallon
- So Salt & Swim 3C salt chlorination really is affordable?
Yes you can afford salt chlorination – in fact, it will save you money! Your annual chlorine production cost is less than the chlorination solution you’re using today. No magic, no pixie dust, no additives, just 100% pure available chlorine automatically. With a one-time up front controller installation, you can let technology do all the work for you.
- Is Salt & Swim 3C just for in-ground pools?
Yes. Salt & Swim 3C should only be used on in-ground pools.
- How many gallons will Salt & Swim 3C chlorinate?
Salt & Swim 3C can chlorinate an in-ground pool up to 30,000 gallons.
- How is Salt & Swim 3C powered?
Salt & Swim 3C plugs into a standard 120V GFCI outlet.
- Can Salt & Swim 3C be installed by pool owners?
Yes. It installs in about 20 minutes or pool owners can elect to have their local pool pro install it for them.
- What is the Salt & Swim 3C warranty?
The Salt & Swim 3C control unit has a 3-year limited warranty and the cell has a 1-year limited warranty.
- Can Salt & Swim 3C salt cells be used on other Hayward salt chlorinators?
No. Salt & Swim 3C salt cells will not be recognized by other chlorinators.
- Do the Salt & Swim 3C cell and unit come packaged together?
No. The salt cell is sold separately.
- Can Salt & Swim 3C just for new pools?
No. Salt & Swim 3C can be installed on a new or existing pool.
- How much Salt does Salt & Swim 3C require?
Salt & Swim 3C works best with approximately 3,200 ppm salt which is roughly the equivalent of one teaspoon per gallon. However, Salt & Swim 3C will operate with salt levels anywhere from 2,700 to 3,400 ppm.
- Is Salt & Swim 3C safe for any in-ground pool finish?
Yes. Hayward recommends pool owners consult with their pool builder and/or a qualified stone professional to evaluate the materials used around their pools. Some more porous, natural stones may need to be treated or sealed. Please consult your builder and/or qualified stone dealer.
- How does chemistry management differ with Salt & Swim 3C?
It doesn’t. The chemistry ranges are the same with any pool, or equipment.
Plaster 80-120 ppm 80-120 ppm Vinyl 100-150 ppm 100-150 ppm pH 7.2-7.6 7.2-7.6 Bromine 2-4 ppm 3-5 ppm
Total 1.0-3.0 ppm 2.0-4.0 ppm Free 1.0-3.0 ppm 2.0-4.0 ppm Combined < 0.2 ppm < 0.2 ppm Cyanuric Acid 30-50 ppm 30-50 ppm
Plaster 200-400 ppm 200-400 ppm Vinyl 175-300 ppm 175-300 ppm TDS < 2000 ppm < 2000 ppm Copper < 0.3 ppm < 0.1 ppm Iron < 0.3 ppm < 0.1 ppm
- What certifications has Salt & Swim 3C received?
ETL (U.S.); ETL and PMRA (Canada); CE (Europe)
- How far away from Salt & Swim 3C can the salt cell be?
The cable length is 15’. The salt cell must be within 15’ of the Salt & Swim 3C.
- Can a traditionally chlorinated pool be switched to salt chlorination?
Yes. Salt chlorination can be added to any existing pool without changing the equipment on the pool pad.
- When switching to salt chlorination on an existing pool which was treated with traditional chemical chlorine, does the pool need to be emptied?
No. The pool owner should simply bring a sample of the pool water to a local pool store to be tested. The chlorinator’s optimal salt level is 3,200 ppm, which is roughly the equivalent to a teaspoon per gallon. The water should be properly balance before switching to salt chlorination. Water balance addresses pH, total alkalinity and calcium hardness levels in the pool.
- Does Salt & Swim 3C operate at low flow rates?
Yes. It operates at flow rates as low as 15GPM.