Saltwater Vs Chlorinated Swimming Pools

by Pool Builders on 04-14-2010 in Articles

The chlorinator itself is like a small chlorine production factory. You add salt to the pool, your pump and filtration process pass water over electrodes in the chlorination, converting salt to chlorine.

Nowadays, most new pools are built with a chlorinator system and system costs are now cheaper than ever. Chlorine has a bad smell, heavy and worrisome to handle. You don't have to put up with the harmful effects of chlorine i.e. degrading costumes, more friendly to hair and skin. Salt is softer on skin and naturally feels better to swim in than standard chlorinated water.

As technology has moved on, newer chlorinators can clean themselves and built in controllers and timers regulate the Chlorine production. The amount of salt needed to effectively chlorinate a pool is only about one fifth of seawater salt levels and it never evaporates.

Getting the salt levels correct for your Chlorinator and size of pool can extend the life of your salt cell. The salt cell can wear out over time or calcium deposits build up and they need cleaning. Replacing this salt cell is the biggest single maintenance cost. Shock treatments and other balancers are still needed but manual maintenance is usually less than a same size chlorine pool. Overall cost comparisons vary but in general with costs coming out roughly similar or slightly less for saltwater.

There are many different brands of salt chlorinator on the market and it is a bit of a minefield to chose. Self cleaning require least maintenance and automatic timers are useful. Finding the right replacement salt cell can be tricky. Cross checking photos and cell lengths and other dimensions are a good idea if buying online. There are many generic salt cells on the market now for popular brands. This can save money and better quality cells come with warranties and are made of high quality components.

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