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Krystal Clear Saltwater System for Above-Ground Pools

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Krystal Clear Saltwater System for Above-Ground Pools

Intex's Saltwater System is a natural way to treat your pool and destroy bacteria, viruses and algae. Install as directed, add inexpensive all-natural salt and the pools water is automatically converted to an effective algaecide. No more red, burning eyes, dry skin, or faded swimsuits. The pool's water salt level is undetectable by swimmers, so it feels like clear, clean, fresh water. Virtually eliminates the need to buy, handle and store pool chlorine.
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Questions & Answers for Generic Krystal Clear Saltwater System for Above-Ground Pools

Question

What type of salt do you purchase?

We are not sure how many pounds will we need to get started, can any one tell us. Also, is a stabilizer necessary? We are planning on purchasing the unit but are looking into the details.
asked 5 years, 6 months ago
By
kaclarks
on Krystal Clear Saltwater System for Above-Ground Pools
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
I have an 18 x 48 round which requies 160 lbs. However, I used only 120 lbs-4 bags as suggested by a reviewer. It worked. The amount depends on your size pool and the amt of water it requires. Walmart has Morton's pool salt. use a pool salt only and it will dissove better. Walmart 5.88 per 40 lbs.
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
By
vacapoolmom
 - Vacaville,CA
answer 2
I have a 18'x48" Intek easy set. The manual has a chart in it to give the start up amount. Mine was 135pounds for the 5400 gallons of water. This comes to 1 pound for every 40 gallons. My local farm supply had it for about $6 per 50# bag. Hope this helps.
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
By
fuse
 - Granite Falls, NC
answer 3
walmart has it " pool salt" 5.88 per 40 klbs. I would buy a stabilizer sm one. I've had my pool up since weekend before Memorial Day and have had low chlorine levels. Added stabilizer per advice in QA. Level normal. May need to get pH minus as well. Ph is still alittle high.
I've had pools for 4 years and wish I had heard about this pump. I would have purchased it. Water is super clear and never had it this clear with other chemicals.
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
By
vacapoolmom
 - Vacaville,CA
answer 4
I have an 18" by 48" pool & I had to add 160lbs which came to about $33. I think it was $7 for each 40lb bag. You can give Intek a call at 1-800-234-6839 & they should be able to tell you how much you would need.
As far as stabilizer, i've read that you can use it to get even clearer water but I have been using this system for about a month & I haven't added anything and the water is crystal clear.
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
By
LJSxx1
 - Akron, OH
answer 5
My husband and I have a 24' round above ground pool and we went to our local Cash N Carry and bought 7 50 lb bags of Mortons table/cooking salt, you just have to make sure you get the bags that do NOT have the yellow coloring added to the product. We put in 6 bags for our pool and it was under 45 dollars. We also put in stabilizer just so the natural chlorine would stay in the pool longer. Hope this helps you ;)
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
By
Chrisizmrs87
 - Spanaway, WA
answer 6
You can get pool salt at your local pool store. It run's $7-10 per 40lbs bag.

As for how much is needed depends on your pool size.

There is a chart that tells you how much is needed but I would use 70-75% of what that chart calls for.

You can always add more salt if needed. If you add too much salt you'll have to drian some water and add water back in.
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
By
Localbar
 - Long Island, NY
answer 7
I used 120# (3 bags) of rock salt for a 4400 gallon (15x4) pool. It was available at walmart but you can buy plain rocksalt just about anywhere that sells water softener salt. The Salt cost $17 for the three bags.
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
By
SWAustin
 - Austin Texas
Question

When switching from a chlorinated pool to a salt water pool do you have to drain the pool?

asked 5 years, 6 months ago
By
aosunshine
 - Shreveport
on Krystal Clear Saltwater System for Above-Ground Pools
4 answers
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answer 1
No. Just throw in the salt, and you're good to go. The Intex customer service number is (800)234-6839 if you have any other concerns that can't be answered in this posting.
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
By
Sharil62
 - Texas
answer 2
No, draining is not needed. Test and correct water chemistry, paying close attention to PH. Install salt generator and add recommended amount of quick dissolving salt which can be bought at local pool dealer.
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
By
giraffecowboy
 - Indiana,PA
answer 3
yes you cant have any other chemicals in your pool to use this system thats why its best to put it on at the beginning of the season if you have drained you pool for the winter.
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - coffeyville kansas
answer 4
No. there's a;ways chlorine in untreated water. Just set up pool and pump
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
By
vacapoolmom
 - Vacaville,CA
Question

Where do you purchase the salt from and what does it normal cost?

asked 5 years, 5 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - Georgia
on Krystal Clear Saltwater System for Above-Ground Pools
4 answers
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answer 1
Any pool store carries the salt needed. Just call your local pool store and ask! Or look online if a pool store is not possible. Our pool store sells it in 40lb bags.
answered 5 years, 5 months ago
By
loveserenity
 - Modesto, CA
answer 2
I brought the Pool Salt from WalMart for $5.97 per 40 lb bag.

I found it to be higher at Lowes, Home Depot & local pool supplies store. It was about $2 cheaper per bag at WalMart.
answered 5 years, 5 months ago
By
MermaidatHeart
 - Southern CA
answer 3
I bought my salt at the grocery store. I got the course salt for soft water systems and it worked great. I used 3 bags to get started. Havent had to add any yet. Its been 2wks.
answered 5 years, 5 months ago
By
1forfun
 - Toquerville , UT
answer 4
I bought my salt at Home Depot in Houston,TX for around $8.00 per bag. Our 18' round pool needed a little more than 3 bags.
answered 5 years, 5 months ago
By
sgskerr
 - Houston, TX
Question

Will I still need to use any chemicals??

I just purchased a 15' x 4' metal frame pool and got it all set up but now I don't know what to do about chemicals. I been researching chemicals and don't really know where to start? I've also been researching this salt water system. I understand that this system creates chlorine but does it eliminate the need for other chemicals? Could someone please help me? :O)
asked 5 years, 5 months ago
By
amartin191
 - Twin Falls Idaho
on Krystal Clear Saltwater System for Above-Ground Pools
4 answers
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answer 1
This system works real well. You dont need to buy any chemicals. I used the Morton water softener salt. I bought it from Home Depot. They are 40lb bags, and the directions on this system will tell you how much salt you need. I have had mine working for the last month or so and the Ph test strips that came with the pool shows all three of the tests are within range. This unit is also called a chlorine generator. we can actually smell a little of it but it doesnt hurt our eyes. The water is really clear also.
answered 5 years, 5 months ago
By
Ronno4
 - Western Colorado
answer 2
Yes-a stabilizer/conditioner to protect the chlorine generated by the system. Other than that, salt when it is required, maybe once a month.
answered 5 years, 5 months ago
By
libertymca
 - Mission, TX
answer 3
All you need is the salt.
answered 5 years, 5 months ago
By
123na
answer 4
Yes, you will still need to use other chemicals. The best way to see what your pool water needs is to use a 3 way test strip (Cholorine, Ph, and Alkalinity). When you test your water just line up the strip with the bottle and see what needs to be added or decreased. I also have added stabilizer and algae decreaser too. Here is a great website that has helped me a lot (AskAlanAQuestion.com) He has answers to everything. In additiion, you can take your pool water to a pool supply business and they'll analyze your water for you. I hope this has helped you.
answered 5 years, 5 months ago
By
purpleperson
 - Clovis, Ca.
Question

2000 gph vs 4000 gph on 24x52

A friend told me she would get a 4000 gph pump instead of using the 2000 gph pump that comes with the 24x52 since the 2000 gph on her pool didn't do so well. What do you all think? I have always just used what came with the pool, but I have purchased the larger pool this year and want to convert to saltwater.
asked 5 years, 6 months ago
By
msbrako
 - Oklahoma
on Krystal Clear Saltwater System for Above-Ground Pools
3 answers
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answer 1
I would definitely recommend using a stronger pump for the size of pool you have. I am using a 2500gph pump on pool smaller than yours (18'x4' easy set pool), because the pump it came with wasn't strong enough. A 4000gph pump should be just the right size for your larger pool.
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
By
Sharil62
 - Texas
answer 2
I definitely recommend getting a larger pump. The pumps supplied with these pools are generally not strong enough for the size pool you get.
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
By
Sharil62
 - Texas
answer 3
we have the 24 by 52 pool and use the pump that comes with it and it works great. there is no reason to change pumps in my opinion. you do seem to have to clean the filter like twice a week here but that could be because of our water here. we dont replace the filter we just take it out and spray it clean.
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - coffeyville kansas
Question

Would this system work for a hot tub?

asked 5 years, 6 months ago
By
Nena55
 - Ohio
on Krystal Clear Saltwater System for Above-Ground Pools
3 answers
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answer 1
Would not recommed, need higher level of sanitation.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
By
BlueMoonKy
 - Ashland, KY
answer 2
Would not recommend
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
By
BlueMoonKy
 - Ashland, KY
answer 3
I am not sure you may want to contact INTEX.
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
By
poolbandit
 - Mamou, Louisiana
Question

Do I need to purchase salt separately from pump?

asked 5 years, 6 months ago
By
katysusie
on Krystal Clear Saltwater System for Above-Ground Pools
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes. I found mine at Home Depot, which was cheaper than the local Pool Store, and contrary to what another reviewer stated, you do not want "Rock Salt", which is used for water softening systems. You want "Pool Salt", which is food grade salt (fine textured), without any additives. The rock salt will work, as long as it doesn't have any additives, but it takes longer to dissolve than pool salt, and who wants to wait ? You can't start using the salt water chlorinator system until the salt is fully dissolved. I usually pour the salt in, make the kids swim in the pool once to stir the salt up and dissolve it, then run the salt water generator the next night.
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
By
Sharil62
 - Texas
answer 2
Yes. Walmart has it for $5.88 per 40 ponds. Only add 75 % to start off. Too hard to correct over salted water.
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
By
vacapoolmom
 - Vacaville,CA
answer 3
yes, which can be a bit of a hassle if you don't have a farm supply or general store nearby as summer is not prime time for rock salt.
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
By
Toysforfun
Question

Has anyone found their pool is slick on the bottom?

We have an 18 x 48 round poolans am using a clear solar pool cover. There ios no apparent cloudy sediment and water is clear. Should I add more salt or try stabilizer? I also run the pumps with the solar cover on to heat pool to bottom per friend who has same. The pump reads 93 but the dip sticks vary on chlorine level. Smelled like chlorine today too. This is my first salt water system but 4th year for pools. Went from 10 ft to 13 ft to 18
asked 5 years, 6 months ago
By
vacapoolmom
 - Vacaville,CA
on Krystal Clear Saltwater System for Above-Ground Pools
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
Had the same problem! It's algae - add algaecide and you'll be good to go. We have to add it a couple of times a week - not sure if it's because of where we live/or the water - but it clears right up with the algaecide!
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
By
sarl
 - FL
answer 2
Have you tried to vacuum the bottom yet? It may just need one quick cleaning & it will go away. If it comes back after that, there's probably something in the water.
I wouldn't add more salt unless the unit says to because if you add too much, you'll have to do a partial drain and refill.
I have the same size pool and I run this system for 5 hours a day and I have no problems, I haven't added any chemicals & its been running for a month now.
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
By
LJSxx1
 - Akron, OH
answer 3
We haven't had any problems with a slick bottom but you might want to try some stabilizer. We added it just to be on the safe side and are having no problems.
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
By
Chrisizmrs87
 - Spanaway, WA
Question

Additional question for poolbandit

Here is a previous question from someone:
Details: how about a pool that is 24x52? is it strong enough to keep it clean?
4 days ago
By adelinek - pine island,ny

poolbandit's Answer
A: YES, that is what I have and it is perfect. I run both pool pump and saltwater pump for about 3 hours a day. I only added 5 bags of salt for start up. It called for 8 bags. Our pool has been up for about 7 weeks and I never added anyone salt yet.
20 hours ago
By poolbandit - Mamou, Louisiana

***Now my question.....I don't understand about running the pool pump and the saltwater pump. Do you have to do both? I have the same size pool and am wanting to switch to the saltwater pump.

Thanks--msbrako
asked 5 years, 6 months ago
By
msbrako
 - Oklahoma
on Krystal Clear Saltwater System for Above-Ground Pools
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
yes you have to run the pump that came with the pool.
the saltwater pump comes with a set up DVD it will answer all of your questions.
If you need anything else just ask.
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
By
poolbandit
 - Mamou, Louisiana
answer 2
Yes, you have to run both the Saltwater Pump and the pool pump. The pool pump is connected to the saltwater pump in line and the water is forced from the pool pump through the Saltwater system to create chlorine. I use a timer on my pool pump to run it for 4 hours a day and the the Saltwater pump runs for 3 hours a day. Works great.
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
By
Deepdiver9
 - Minnesota
answer 3
Yes, you have to run both. The more activity there is in the pool, the longer you will run the pumps at night. My mother-in-law runs a daycare and runs her 18ft pool 12 hours every night. As far as needing to add salt, the only reason why you would have to add salt is if any of the water evaporated or you lost a lot of water and had to add more water to the pool.
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
By
hl4097
 - Liberty, MO
Question

Where can I purchase salt for the Krystal Clear Saltwater System for above ground pools?

I live in South Texas, near Houston. I have called numerous stores trying to find the salt. If someone has the exact name and product description I would appreciate your help!!!
asked 5 years, 6 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - Houston, Tx
on Krystal Clear Saltwater System for Above-Ground Pools
3 answers
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answer 1
Home Depot ! Be sure you get the swimming pool salt, which is the consistancy of table salt, and not the coarse water softening system salt, as they carry both products. Ask an associate, and they will lead you directly to it.
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
By
Sharil62
 - Texas
answer 2
I saw a pallet of Mortons pool salt in Bentonville, Arkansas Wal-Mart today. It was $5.97? for a 40 pound bag.
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - Springdale, AR
answer 3
my wal-mart supercenter had 40 lb bags for about 6 bucks It was morton swimming pool salt
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
By
Llhart6
 - Longview TX
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