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Salt water pools are becoming increasingly popular as backyard swimming pools. If you’re considering installing a new inground pool, you’ll want to consider a saltwater pool system; it’s another option for keeping your pool clean and sanitary.
Today’s blog will discuss the pros and cons of a salt water pool vs. a chlorine pool. First, you need to know how a salt water pool works. A saltwater pool still uses chlorine, but in a different way. Instead of adding chlorine tablets or liquid chlorine as you would to a traditional chlorine pool, a saltwater pool uses a unique piece of equipment called a salt chlorine generator to turn salt into chlorine.
You can use a salt chlorine generator in fiberglass or concrete pools if the concrete pool is tile lined. Salt is corrosive and would damage a plaster pool’s interior.
Benefits of Salt Water Pools
There are a lot of benefits to a salt water pool, including the following:
- Little-to-no chlorine smell
- Pool water feels softer, like the ocean
- No skin irritation
- Less eye irritation
- Easier on swimsuits
- No need to store dangerous chlorine at home
- More straightforward to maintain pool water balance
- The lower annual cost of chemicals
- No need to worry about a shortage of salt
That all sounds great, right? But before you decide, read about the cons of a saltwater pool.
Disadvantages of Salt Water Pools
As with anything in life, saltwater pools have some negatives. You’ll have to decide if the pros outweigh the cons, which include:
- The higher upfront cost for a saltwater chlorine generator
- Requires replacement of salt-chlorinator electrode cell every 3-7 years
- Requires regular cleaning of salt cell
- Can corrode metal in the pool
- Need to test water chlorine levels more often
With higher upfront fees but lower annual ones, a saltwater pool costs about the same to maintain over multiple years as a traditional chlorine pool.
If you’re not ready to make your new inground pool a saltwater pool, changing your mind is OK. Replacing your chlorine system with a saltwater pool system is a relatively easy pool upgrade called a salt water pool conversion.
Related Reading: Salt Water Pool Care Tips
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