Non Chlorine Pool - Benefits and Options

by Pool Builders on 09-20-2007 in Articles

There are many benefits to having a non-chlorine pool and options available to help you do so. When saying a non-chlorine pool a salt treatment pool is also included in that since salt is sodium chloride. Sodium chloride is the raw ingredient that is used to make chlorine. There are many health hazards that should be a deciding factor in making your pool a non-chlorine pool. In a health study from Belgium it was determined that children that swim regularly in public pools with chlorine systems had a higher level of breathing and asthma problems then those who did not.

There have been similar studies done on adults that swim frequently in chlorine system pools as well. These studies have shown a rise in the risk of coronary heart disease as well as bladder and rectal cancer. Chlorine is absorbed into the skin, swallowed, and the vapors are inhaled from the air that surrounds the pool. Some smaller well know issues with a chlorinated pool are the drying and damages to the hair and skin and burning of the eyes. All of these health issues can be avoiding by using a chlorine free pool.

You will read many pros and cons about a non-chlorine pool. Ultimately, the choice is yours in which system you choose to use. There is a salt system that is said to be a non-chlorine system but since salt's chemical name is sodium chloride and sodium chloride is the raw ingredient to make chlorine this is just a smoke screen. You will experience the same problems with a salt system that you would incur in a chlorine pool: the red and burning eyes along with the dry and damaged skin and hair. You also have the choice of a mineral cartridge system. This system uses cartridges that kill bacteria as the water passes through them. In order for the water to be continuously cleaned by this system your pump must remain running 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

Other options for a non-chlorine pool would be the biaguanide chemicals. These chemicals are very expensive but the do provide a higher quality of water that chlorine systems do. This also can be more time consuming since it has to manually added to the pool. Ozone generators are another non-chlorine pool system choice. These generators kill bacteria by using and ultra violet light. These units are very expensive and use a lot of electricity. They are better suited for a spa or small pool because of their operating costs. Ionizers are a good choice for killing the bacteria in your non-chlorine pool, however they do not sanitize and you will have to use other chemicals to do so.

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