Salt Water Or Chlorine Pools
There are many benefits to using saltwater in your pool over chlorine. There are also drawbacks.
First of all, understand that a saltwater pool *is* a chlorine pool. It’s simply different in the manner in which the chlorine is delivered. With a saltwater pool, the saltwater creates its own chlorine, making liquid or tablet chlorine delivery unnecessary. It also eliminates the need to add other chemicals that are used with most chlorine systems. The chlorine, whether added from a bottle or created by the salt, is there to keep your pool clean and kill bacteria and algae.
Going with saltwater can save pool owners money over time since the need to keep adding chlorine throughout the swimming season isn’t there. Typically the salt content in a saltwater pool is about equal to the natural salt content in the human body. Because of this, saltwater is considered to be very gentle to your skin and hair. It’s also gentler to your swimming garments than liquid chlorine is.
The biggest drawback to going with a saltwater pool is initial cost. Estimates vary, but it can cost as much as $2,000 to switch from a chlorine pool to saltwater. Long-term costs are less, however, since adding salt is a lot less expensive than adding chlorine.
Saltwater pool owners have sometimes complained that the saltwater corrodes the metals in and around the pool, specifically the ladder, railings, metal lounge chairs and even the pool safety fence. Since pool safety is important, the ladder is necessary and chairs add to the enjoyment of the pool, you’ll want to keep corrosiveness down with proper maintenance.
One more disadvantage to saltwater is the need to run the pool’s filter constantly. Many new saltwater pool owners are unaware of this requirement and fail to run the filter 24/7. This can lead equipment failure and high repair costs. Saltwater may not be a solution for everyone, but there are many reasons to potentially make the switch.