Salt Water Pool Systems

How Does it Work?

In salt water pool systems, natural pool salt is dissolved into the pool water and as the water goes through your filter system is then subjected to a simple process of electrolysis within a salt cell that is installed inline with the system. Consequently, a very effective water sanitizer is produced.

To help you get a better idea of how saltwater pools vs chlorine pools stack up, we’ve put together a short guide comparing the pros and cons of saltwater pools and why, in the end, we think saltwater pools come out ahead!

Salt Water Pool Systems

The truth is, all pools use chlorine. Saltwater pools simply generate chlorine through a natural process in comparison to traditional chlorine pools, which rely heavily on manually adding expensive chemicals directly to your pool water. 

Pros of salt water pool systems:
  • Easy maintenance
  • No more red eyes
  • The Saltwater System eliminates the need to purchase, transport and store strong ‘pool-chlorine’ type chemicals and above all uses only pure natural salt that is much more pleasant on your skin and eyes.
  • Saltwater Systems are Natural and Healthier
  • Saltwater Systems helps prevent algae growth
  • Environmentally and Eco Friendly
  • Once installed Salt Systems have much lower operating costs
  • Produces sparkling clear, safe pool water
  • Most Saltwater Pool Systems have easy to read indicators or can be integrated with popular Smart home systems
Cons of salt water pool systems:

 

  • Requires adding salt as pool water is displaced
  • Backwashing lowers salt level
  • Chlorination does not happen when the pool  temperature is below 50 degrees, so regular chlorine needs to be added
  • Up front expense is fairly high
  • Cells must be cleaned every year or so
  • Cell must be replaced about every 7-10 years in residential, every 3-5 in commercial.
Salt Water Pool Systems

Contrary to some belief:

Salt water pool systems do not have as much salt as the ocean. That is to say, it is almost unperceptable in the water. It is only about 1/10th the salinity of typical ocean water. You would barely taste it.

For Example, you will notice it in the comfort on your skin and eyes, and you certainly don’t smell the typical chlorine smell. And, your clothes don’t fade.

Most importantly, it doesn’t harm the pool grade equipment that some people believe that it does.

So, salt or no salt?

The truth is, all pools use chlorine. Saltwater pools simply generate chlorine through a natural process in comparison to traditional chlorine pools, which rely heavily on manually adding expensive chemicals directly to your pool water. 

Most importantly, when you’re comparing saltwater pools vs chlorine pools, you’ll see that saltwater pools essentially offer the consistent stream of chlorine that your pool needs (at a fraction of the cost over their lifetime), while eliminating the chemical byproducts that people typically hate about pools. With less harsh chemicals added directly to the pool, this process is above all, also less irritating for skin, doesn’t bleach clothes, and offers clean and clear water.

This is achieved through the use of a salt chlorine generator. This means that virtually any swimming pool can be a “saltwater pool”! You simply need to pick a chlorine generator and have it installed on your pool.

If you have any questions about saltwater pool systems or your pool system in general, give one of our knowledgeable staff members a shout. We’d love to help you out!

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