Get to Know the Difference Between Salt Water and Chlorinated Pools

Published: 15th July 2010
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The drift from the traditional chlorine treatment of swimming pool water to salt water is surely making headway nowadays. Most swimming pool owners and swimmers attest to the fact that saltwater in pools is better to use and to swim in, because they claim that salt water pools are easier to maintain and swimming in it is more comfortable than in the chlorinated pools. But are these benefits really worth to consider converting to saltwater? Although the name implies salt water, it is still using chlorine in its treatment process but only to a lesser amount.



Some comparable facts have been noted on this issue and here is what it says:



• Although, chlorine is the most effective way of killing germs in pool waters, it can affect the swimmer; it can cause eye and skin irritations because of high ph levels. Incidentally, ph level is a symbol denoting acidity and alkalinity. Due to the constant need of adding chlorine in chlorinated pools, the ph levels and chlorine levels usually goes up to more than the ideal thus, can give discomfort to the swimmer.

• Salt water pools still use chlorine to treat water. Chlorine is produced from salt via a device called chlorine generator. This generator processes the salt and converts it to chlorine and must maintain the balance of the water constantly.

• Salt water pools are not maintenance-free as what many pool owners believed. While you do not have to continually add chlorine as with standard pools you do need to maintain the chlorine generator. Most salt water pools use titanium generators and must be cleaned. Failure to do so will result in reduced chlorine generation and your pool will no longer be able to fight off germs and algae. Maintaining proper salt levels will also shorten the life of the chlorine generator.

• Salt water pools are initially more expensive to install. Other maintenance cost of salt water pools can be expensive too such as, replacing pave stones, pump parts and chlorine generators.

• Over a short period of time a standard chlorine system is cheaper. However, continued operation costs over the next couple of years will begin to surpass that of a salt water pool. Chlorinated pools are constantly losing chlorine. Sunlight, splash outs and inclement weather are usually reducing the amount of chlorine requiring the use of chlorine pucks from time to time.

• Maintaining a regular sized pool using chlorine tablets will cost around $50 to $60 a month. Your pool water can be cleaned by chlorine in 24 to 48 hours.

• A properly maintained salt water pool has a salinity level around 10 per cent of water from the ocean. Most salt water pool owners can attest to the fact that the water in a salt water pool is very similar to that of water that has been softened. Soft water has a better feel and is less harsh on skin and eyes.

• When you swim in a non-chlorine generator pool (a pool with no salt water in it) your skin will dry quickly when you get out of the water and, a residual chlorine flaking will form on your skin.



The comparison above will help you make a good decision in choosing which is best for your pool, the chlorine system or the salt water system? Just remember though, that both system has one thing in common - both still use chlorine.











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