Chlorine vs. Salt Pools – Understanding Water Care Systems

As a first-time buyer of a pool or hot tub, you may be deciding between chlorine vs. salt pools.

While there are definitely pros and cons to both options, the one you should ultimately choose is the one that works best for your unique needs and concerns.

In this article, we share more with you about the differences between chlorine and salt pools as well as discuss some of the advantages of each water care system.

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Understanding Chlorine Pools

Chlorine has long been the standard for keeping pools sanitized, and has been used since the 1900s. Today, it remains the most common type of pool sanitization system.

With a chlorine pool, you pour chlorine directly into the water, which then breaks down into hypochlorous acid and other chemicals. These chemicals serve the purpose of killing off algae, bacteria and other virus-carrying particles.

However, they can cause health complications and uncomfortable symptoms in humans when chloramines are created. Chloramines are the result of chlorine coming into contact with organic material such as sweat and urea produced by human bodies.

While chlorine pools are cost-effective and a good way to get rid of unwanted bacteria, they require a weekly adjustment of chlorine levels and shock treatments every three or four weeks.

On top of that, they may cause skin and eye irritation to some individuals and exacerbate existing conditions such as asthma.

Understanding Salt Pools

Many people have the mistaken impression that salt pools do not make use of chlorine, but that is untrue. Salt pools make use of the electrolysis process to generate chlorine, and the result is lower levels of chlorine and “softer” feeling water.

When water passes through a salt cell, it is exposed to an electric current which turns it into hypochlorous acid and other chemicals needed to sanitize your pool.

Salt pools are preferred by some people because they are kinder on the skin and full cleaning is only required annually. In addition, the chemical needs of this water system do not cost much on a day-to-day basis.

Some things to keep in mind before deciding on a salt pool is that the pH levels will require constant monitoring and that the corrosive nature of salt can damage or discolor your pool surfaces and liners.

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If you have a hot tub in your backyard or are looking to get one, you will also need to consider the most suitable water care system for your needs.

Does someone in your family have asthma or sensitive skin? How much time do you have to dedicate to maintenance? Are you willing to call in a professional when needed? What is your budget? These are all factors to consider when choosing a water care system.

If you are unsure whether a chlorine or salt pool better suits your needs, please feel free to contact us for more information or a recommendation.

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