Should you consider converting your chlorinated pool to a saltwater one?
Backyard pools with saltwater generators have become a popular alternative to traditional chlorine pools.
What Is a Saltwater Pool?
A saltwater pool is a swimming pool that uses a saltwater chlorine generator to convert bulk salt into chlorine. The converted chlorine performs the same functions as conventional pool chlorine: killing bacteria and algae, as well as oxidizing dirt and chloramines.
Advantages of a Saltwater Pool
Gentle on eyes, body, and Clothes
Saltwater pools are gentler than traditional chlorine pools. If you’ve ever spent time in a traditionally chlorinated pool, you’ve probably experienced the red and irritated eyes that often come along with the fun. Saltwater pools closely mimic the concentration of salt found in human tears, making the water much less likely to irritate your eyes than a chlorinated pool. Traditional chlorine pools also add some major wear and tear to your swimsuits. In contrast, saltwater pools are gentler on the eyes, hair, and clothing.
Clean and Sanitary
You might wonder how salt can be a replacement for chlorine, but saltwater swimming pools are actually not chlorine-free. A saltwater generator works by converting dissolved salt, or sodium chloride, into chlorine through a process called electrolysis. This produces chlorine in the form of sodium hypochlorite and hypochlorous acid, which are capable of neutralizing bacteria and algae just as effectively as chlorine additives.
As a result, you’re left with water that’s as clean and sanitary as a traditional chlorinated pool. At the same time, you enjoy lower levels of chloramines known to cause skin and eye irritation and that unpleasant “chlorine” smell.
The water is softer
The purpose of chlorinating a pool is to kill microorganisms that could make you sick. Unfortunately, high chlorine content can leave your skin feeling dry and itchy after you get out of the water. In Saltwater pools. the water is softer. Salt can be used as a water softener in your shower inside of the house, and it has the same effect on your pool water. Salt-chlorinated pool water is silkier and leaves your skin feeling less dried out than traditionally chlorinated pool water does.
They cost less to maintain
Lower chemical maintenance cost. Salt is much cheaper to purchase than chlorine. Depending on the size of your pool, you could save hundreds of dollars a year in chemical costs costs with a salt system.