Looking for a different way to clean and maintain your swimming pool? Saltwater swimming pool systems are becoming more and more popular as homeowners are looking for water that is gentler on the skin and the eyes and something much safer than the unsafe chemicals they have to use for their chlorine pools.
What Is a Saltwater System?
A common misconception about saltwater swimming pool systems is that they make the pool water as salty as the ocean – this is not true. They only have about one-tenth of the salinity, and they aren’t chlorine free as some people may think either.
Instead of using chlorine chemicals, the system uses a process called electrolysis. This process makes the chlorine that then disinfects the pool. With lower chlorine levels, the pool water is much gentler, and the water feels much softer.
The system also will only produce the chlorine as it is needed, so there is far less maintenance involved with this kind of pool system opposed to the traditional pool that uses chlorine and other chemicals to keep the water clean.
Since it is such a harsh-chemical free option, you will find that the advantages of a saltwater swimming pool far outweigh the disadvantages which are important to consider if you are looking to invest in a new pool or upgrade your existing pool.
How Does it Work?
The salt chlorine generator is the most vital component because this is what breaks down the salt. It also helps prevent the buildup of chloramines. It is important to remember that the generator isn’t a filter; you will still need a filter separate from the machine to help remove any debris from the pool.
To determine the amount of salt your pool needs, you will use a saltwater test kit that will show you what the current levels of the pool are – similar to the way you check the levels in a chlorinated pool.
Salt water systems are a good choice if you live in a warmer climate and use your pool as much and as often as you can.