Choosing Between A Regular Or Saltwater Swimming Pool  

by Pool Builders on 10-03-2011 in Articles

For many decades now home swimming pools have been sanitized by using a chemical called chlorine. The chlorine acted as a sanitizing agent which killed bacteria and prevented algae from growing. However, many people, and especially young children, found themselves having allergic reactions to the chlorine. We've probably all seen young kids who spent a lot of time in the swimming pool in the summer with green hair. Yes, the chlorine which is used to keep most swimming pools clean nowadays can cause discoloring of the hair.

There are also skin reactions which happen in some people due to the chemicals. These can be simply mild itching reactions or severe skin rashes. Neither of course is acceptable for allowing full enjoyment of recreational swimming in the summer. Because of these problems, a new type of swimming pool has been developed. It's called a saltwater swimming pool.

These types of pools use salt as a way to maintain a proper balance and to eliminate the growth of bacteria. Just as ocean water is safe and mostly free of bacteria, so is a saltwater pool. Additionally, virtually no one has serious reactions or allergies to these types of pools. The saltwater concentration in the pool is almost identical to the tears in her eyes. Therefore, there is virtually no stinging or eye irritation involved with swimming in a saltwater pool. And as for the green hair, the saltwater deftly does not cause this problem at all. Using salt to sanitize the pool is not only a much safer and more natural alternative, but is also far less expensive.

Many times the cost for purchasing chlorine to sanitize the pool for the entire summer can range in the neighborhood of $100-$500 depending on the size of the pool. On the other hand, the cost of the salt to maintain proper balance in the pool each summer is only a small fraction of that amount. Not only does the salt make a good sanitizing agent, storing it is completely safe. When one purchases chlorine in large quantities, it must be kept away from children and pets because it is extremely dangerous and those concentrated amounts. There are many instances of children or pets accessing the chlorine in that highly concentrated form and thus injuring themselves. There is of course no danger in storing the salt as it is no more dangerous than simple table salt to children or pets.

The only drawback to a saltwater swimming pool is the cost of the saltwater pumps and other fittings. Since salt is very corrosive, these fittings must be made with materials that do not corrode such as brass and copper. Nowadays, these fittings are quite a bit more expensive, but the savings involved over the long term of using salt instead of chlorine will more than overcome the initial increase in costs.

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