Water

Saltwater Swimming Pools

Hearing the words “Saltwater swimming pool” may bring up images of sea or an ocean in your mind. In reality a saltwater swimming pool is a traditional pool with mildly salty water. There is also a popular misconception that salt water pools are chlorine free. This is not true. Saltwater pools use chlorine generators. These chlorine generators have been around for years and generate chlorine that is free of chloramines. Chloramines are irritants that cause burning eyes and give out a caustic smell. Traditional pools require adding chlorine to the water manually. There is always a chance for human error.

Swimming in mild saline water is like taking a shower in soft water and makes you feel more refreshed. The chlorine taste and smell is eliminated and the water tastes slightly salted. Lower chlorine levels also increases the life of swimwear without causing it to fade.

Maintenance

PH levels can change drastically in salt water pools. You need to be vigilant and treat any such changes. Rainfall, sunlight and changes in temperature may impact the chlorine content in saltwater swimming pools and promote growth of algae. This requires additional algae control.

Advantages

The advantages of having a saltwater swimming pool are as follows:

Comfort

– Salt softens the water and and is gentle on the skin.

Safe

– It is safe for children and pets alike. The need to purchase, store and handle chlorine is eliminated.

Time saving

– Once you get to understand the functioning, saltwater pools are easier to maintain.

Cost-effective

– The initial costs involved to install a saltwater system are expensive. But the costs reduce considerably over time.

Disadvantages

The disadvantages of having a saltwater swimming pool are as follows:

Rain

– Rain washes away salt from the swimming pool. Salt levels need to be closely monitored.

Scaling

– Saltwater systems produce excess calcium which often builds up on the metal and tiles.

Corrosion

– Salt is highly corrosive and causes the pool surface to deteriorate. It can also dissolve the heat exchanger due to corrosion.

Operation

– The pump must be operated for up to 12 hours every day in order to generate the required amount of chlorine. Running the pump for long hours can also increase your utility bill.

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