If you’re sitting in your home and planning your new pool, you have a lot of decisions to make. While you’re thinking about pools and tiles, or sizes and depths, we have something else to add. You need to decide which type of pool you want — chlorine or saltwater?
There are lots of benefits to a chlorine system. Not sure whether saltwater pools are right for you? Here are some details that might help you decide in their favor.
A Saltwater Pool System
You may think that a saltwater pool will smell and taste like the ocean. While some of you might be excited about an ocean visit, other people think oceans smell like fish.
A saltwater pool isn’t as salty as the ocean. Saltwater pools have about one-tenth of the salinity of the ocean. Also, saltwater pools have chlorine in them. However, there isn’t as much chlorine as you would find a chlorine pool. The salt chlorine generator in a saltwater pool uses a process, electrolysis, to create chlorine. This naturally occurring chlorine allows your pool to be more environmentally friendly.
Saltwater Pool Chemistry: How Do Salt Chlorination Systems Work?
Each saltwater pool has a saltwater chlorination generator that turns the salt into chlorine. There are three kinds of salt chlorination systems. The amount of salt you need in your system depends on how much your generator needs. It also depends on how large your pool is. The purest form of salt for your generator is mined salt. Your system may need less mined salt, which may save you money in the long run. Seawater is the main component of mechanically evaporated salt. The system uses heat to get rid of the water. However, this salt might damage your pool. Solar salt is dried seawater, but the impurities make the salt generator work harder.
Whatever salt you use, the solar generator charges the salt with electricity. It breaks down the salt into sodium and chloride, which are its two components. The chloride changes to chlorine, and the sodium stays in the water. Both help to clean the pool. One of the benefits of a saltwater pool is that you use far less chlorine to keep your water clean.
Health Benefits of Saltwater Pools
Saltwater pools have several benefits. First, because they don’t need high levels of chlorine, saltwater pools are easier on your eyes and skin. While chlorine dries your eyes and skin out, saltwater softens your skin. Also, saltwater pools allow you to handle far fewer chemicals to keep your pool clean. This is better for you and your family. Research suggests heavily chlorinated pools can pose long-term risks to your health over time. Saltwater pools use softer water than chlorine pools. Also, because of the qualities of saltwater, many people find the pools therapeutic and relaxing.
If you’re thinking about getting a saltwater pool, there are several things to remember. First, because of the generator, the pools are more expensive upfront. However, they will save you money in the long run. Second, saltwater generators need people trained in saltwater pool care. Not everyone who operates a pool company knows how to fix a saltwater pool. Finally, make sure your pool contractor is knowledgeable. Your contractor should be able to identify the types of heaters, lights, and masonry that’ll work with a saltwater pool.
If you’re looking for an experienced saltwater pool builder, contact No Limit Pools & Spas. We are Arizona pool builders. We are proud to be serving the Phoenix, AZ, area. We aren’t limited in our service area, however. We also service the communities of Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, and Gold Canyon.