A Chlorinated Or Seawater Pool?

by Pool Builders on 07-10-2010 in Articles

Swimming in pools is undoubtly one of the most popular recreational activities among kids and adults. In fact most families have constructed pools within their backyard to have pleasure activities at their own reach.

Swimming in pools is both a leisurely and healthy activity. It forges bonds and friendships while swimming at the same time it flexes those sedentary muscles and trims those excess fats. However, an on-going debate is where is it more appropriate to swim? Is it in a chlorinated pool or a saltwater pool?

Chlorinated swimming pools are those pools which applies the element of chlorine in the water. This is a process for disinfection and sanitization. However, it does not necessarily follow that once chlorine is applied water inside the pool is automatically disinfected. There is an enough appropriate standard of measurement and ratio of chlorine to be applied in a certain volume of water.

Chlorine creates a beautiful "look" of water in the pool. You evidently see the crystal blue clear image of the water which depicts its purity and cleanliness. Sufficing to say, the clean water image goes along that chlorine basically kills all the bacterias in the pool for us to swim safely. But then, with its strength to kill all sort of bacteria, it also show that it might have effects in the delicate human skin and eyes. Chlorine is a chemical element and any chemical element, for that matter have a certain level of toxicity which can directly harm the individuals and it can trickle down in small quantities, and too much exposure to such water will surely obtain certain degree of harm.

On the other hand, salinated often called as seawater swimming pools utilizes dissolved salt as the main ingredient in pools. Salts are natural chlorine generators. When one utilizes seawater, chlorine is regularly generated. Hence, the production of the element is all natural, rather actually applying the pure element chlorine which can directly affect one's skin and eyes. Swimming in seawater is often described as a more softer water. Using seawater in swimming pools are also more economical since you do not really have to regularly apply elements, unlike when using a chlorinated water. Other advantages of utilizing seawater are the following:

• Pool maintenance does not use harmful and toxic chemicals, which can be hazardous in handling and storing;
• Saltwater are less irritant to eyes and skin
• It has a lesser strong smell that is evident in chlorinated pools.

However, there is a downside to the use of salt in swimming pools. Salt, by nature, is corrosive. Thus, it has the possibility of damaging some of the metals used in the installation of the pools.

In the final analysis, once choice of whether going to a saltwater pool or chlorinated pool should greatly consider its future effects to human body. The purpose of taking a dip in the pool is to enjoy and keep a healthy lifestyle, hence the question should always be, which pool can make me healthy and happy? The seawater or the chlorinated pool? Take your pick and enjoy the dip!

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