Since people are focusing more on trying to be “green” and healthier, they may be looking towards their pools. Salt water pools claim to be more environmentally friendly, easier to maintain, and provide a healthier option to traditional chlorine pools; however, whether installing a new pool or converting an existing pool, you will need to decide, “Is a salt water pool for you?”
Salt water pools are the same as traditional pools except they are fitted with a system called a chlorine generator. The chlorine generator filters salt (sodium chloride) through electrolysis to separate the chlorine from the sodium. The chlorine is then dispersed into the water at levels considered more tolerable than traditional chlorine systems. The chemical reaction also creates sanitizing byproducts that help keep the pool water safer to swim in.
Salt water pools have become increasingly popular and have been used by hotels, resorts, and water parks since they were developed.
- Possibly reduced maintenance time and costs.
- Limited storage of chemicals that can be hazardous.
- Water with a more natural and improved feel.
- Lower chlorine levels meaning reduced irritation to eyes and skin.
- Lower chlorine levels also result in reduced chemical odors. Your pool will smell like clean salt water at the beach!
However, there are always drawbacks to consider when planning a new pool or pool conversion. Drawbacks include:
- Salt water pools are costly to install and repair.
- Maintenance schedules and schedules for adding salt will vary based on use and region.
- Different systems require different salt compounds or additional chemicals to keep the water safe.
- Salt is a corrosive and will damage the rubber seals, tile, concrete, etc… over time. It can also damage furniture or fixtures in the area.
- There are still chemicals in your pool so it’s not completely “green.”
Swimming pools provide a healthier and more active lifestyle whether they are the traditional chlorinated pools or a new salt water pool, but can be difficult to maintain. When making your decision, consider the benefits and drawbacks to determine if a salt water pool for you.