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Chlorine vs Salt Water Pools

May 30th, 2013 | By: Mitchell Knapp | Pool Design Blog



When it comes to the swimming pool process, the last step before the pool can be enjoyed is of course, adding the water. There are a few pros and cons to consider and it’s best to be educated on what is best for you, your family, and lifestyle. Talking to a swimming pool professional throughout the process will be beneficial in the long run.

Chlorine has always been the popular choice for pools, since the 1900s, due to its lower cost and sanitary factors. Chlorine is great for fighting off bacteria and algae in the water. Chlorine pools do however, require upkeep and maintenance to insure the chemical levels are always balanced and at the right pH levels. Shock treatments are also required monthly to get rid of excess bacteria.

While the initial cost of a saltwater pool is higher and a bigger expense to install, after that, no additional chlorine is ever needed for purchase. Salt will create the chlorine on its own. The salt content in a saltwater pool is about the same as the salt content in the human body, which is helpful as it does not harm any pool equipment. With no toxic chemicals to buy, store and handle, there is also no harsh stinging of the eyes and no chlorine smell. The saltwater system also required lower maintenance.

While the cost upfront is greater with saltwater, it does save homeowners money overtime. Pool Professionals are noticing a newer trend of homeowners opting for saltwater pools more and more each year. Be sure to consult with a pool professional for what water type would be best suited for you and your lifestyle.

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