What are Salt Water Pools and Should I Get One
The fact that the average age of private pools in the USA is around 21 should encourage you to take a look at the equipment in your pool. Maybe it’s time to consider an upgrade or change something in order to be up to date with modern trends and tendencies. In the text bel ow we will talk about the most efficient way of keeping your pool clean and also safe from algae, bacteria, and all other biological nuisances.
Typically there are two substances you can use to clean your pool: chlorine and salt. Chlorine is more of a traditional choice which uses either auto-chlorination system or chlorine tablets to sanitize. You should bear in mind that chlorine is a hazardous substance kept and utilized inside your home, and that can be dangerous especially with nosy kids around. Let’s have a look at saltwater pools now:
The perks of salt water system in comparison to chlorine the salt water system still uses chlorine, but in a different way. Chlorine is generated by a salt cell and that means that you don’t need to add it externally. Process in which salt is transformed into chlorine is called electrolysis which, by default, reduces the amount of chlorine in the water. This is much better for your skin. Fewer chemicals are used in general to maintain the balance of the water. Salt should be externally used in cases of heavy rain which causes water to dilute and spill out of the poo
- Then it needs to be refilled and diluted again. It’s quite simple to add salt (a 10$ 40 pounds bags can be used) to balance the pool and once that is done, there is not much work left to do on a regular basis in comparison to the chlorine-based pool where pH balance needs to be watched and altered all the time. Is the water safe for children? Yes, it is, because there is less chlorine in a salt pool which means less irritation to eyes, and less skin drying. The smell is also less potent than that of a chlorine pool.
It costs between 400$ to 2000$ to switch from a regular chlorine pool to a salt one. Salt pool requires a control panel and a salt cell, electricity is required for both of them to function. Professional help is also needed to ensure the system is properly installed. Regular maintenance and chemical use are also on the list, but it is cheaper than the one for a chlorine pool. There is a drawback though, as the salt cell needs to be replaced every 3-5 years and that’s another 200$-700$. Before upgrading, you need to ask yourself how long you are planning to stay in the house.
Do you spend a lot of time in the pool?
Do chemicals cost too much money?
Do you plan to keep chlorine in your garage or house?
New filters? There is no need to buy any new filters. This is a perfect opportunity to clean them all up, do a media change, tighten everything up in general, and basically get a fresh start with your old pool.