Have you ever gone swimming and felt your eyes or skin burning? Have you showered after swimming and realized that your hair is as stiff as a board? All of these are side effects of chlorine. Chlorine is a chemical commonly used in pools. It’s tolerable for some but can cause annoying side effects for others. If you prefer not to treat your pool with a harsh chemical like chlorine, there is an alternative that has recently become more popular among Florida pool owners.
Here is a look at saltwater chlorination:
Saltwater pools are a natural alternative to chlorine chemicals. These pools are not as salty as ocean water. Ocean water contains approximately 35,000 parts per million of salt, while saltwater pools contain approximately 3,000 ppm. The levels of salt in the pool typically does not affect a swimmer’s eyes, skin, or hair.
Those who have swum in a saltwater pool have indicated that the water feels softer or more natural than typical pool water. Saltwater pools tend to have less of a chemical odor, something often associated with artificially chlorinated pools.
Chlorine is important for a healthy pool because it maintains the pool’s water balance. Saltwater pools are beneficial because they provide natural chlorine to keep your pool clean. To have a saltwater pool, you’ll need to install a salt chlorine generator. With the help of this generator, chlorine is created as a natural byproduct of salt reactions.
When chlorine is created naturally, it still works to clean your pool just as chlorine powders or tablets do. Because the chlorination process occurs naturally, you’ll end up with less pool maintenance. You will not need to monitor or put chemicals in your pool nearly as often as you have to with standard pool water.
In fact, most of your maintenance will come from simply monitoring salt levels. If you host a party and lose a lot of pool water, or a big rainstorm comes through, your water may be diluted and require more salt.