Saltwater Vs Regular Chlorine Pools

by Pool Builders on 05-04-2014 in Articles

According to the Washington Times, saltwater pools started in Australia and have become increasingly popular since 2004. There has been some debate over whether or not saltwater pools are better than regular chlorine pools. While some articles tend to favor one over the other, this article will focus on the general advantages and disadvantages of each type of water.

Summer weather is always great for taking a swim. However, even though the weather may be fitting for a day in the water, the water might not be suitable for a day in the pool. According to AH Pools, one of the most common problems with pools is algae formation. The reason for this is that the rays of the sun reduce the amount of chlorine in your pool. This allows for bacteria to multiply and algae to form. Chlorine is the chemical that is used to kill bacteria and prevent algae from forming. Although saltwater produces chlorine, a freshwater pool has contains much more chlorine than a saltwater pool. Therefore, it might be a better choice to have a freshwater so as to easily to prevent algae from arising. On the other hand, if you have algae in your pool, its best to contact a pool service immediately before the situation worsens by having black algae.

However, this is a tradeoff. Chlorine is known to be harsher on the swimmer than saltwater is. According to the Washington Times, this is due to the chlorine pool having much more chemicals than saltwater. Therefore, one of the effects on the swimmer is leaving his or her eyes red. People in warm climates use their pool more often than others who do not live in such climates. Therefore, they should pay special attention to the effects of chemicals on the swimmer's eyes, skin, and swimwear. The saltwater is not as harsh for swimwear and the swimmer's skin. Pool service companies see saltwater as more natural than chlorine, because of this fact. Also, the chemicals in chlorine pools can cause swimsuits to become washed out fairly quickly as opposed to when swimsuits are used in saltwater.

For general weekly maintenance, according to Wright's Pool Service, saltwater tends be less maintenance than regular chlorine pools. However, they are easier to maintain. The way this works is that saltwater pools still have chlorine, which keeps the water clean from bacteria but this chlorine is produced by the salt, as explained in the Washington Times. Therefore, the pool caretaker or a pool service does not have to pour the chlorine in himself or herself, which leads to less maintenance.

On the other hand, the reason chlorine pools are seen as easier to maintain is that they can be maintained by dissolving chlorine tablets, which can be bought at nearly any home improvement or pool supplies store. No matter what kind of water you have though, you or the pool service you hire should still check the pH, alkalinity, and stabilizer levels of your pool as part of its regular maintenance.

While in summer, you tend to use your pool frequently, so you might prefer saltwater over the freshwater because the water has less chemicals. Therefore, it does not have a strong effect on your clothes, skin, and eyes. On the other hand, you may prefer the regular chlorine pool because of its easier maintenance and prevention of algae formation, which is one of the most common problems. You can also always contact your local pool services to talk to them about the advantages and disadvantages of having a saltwater pool instead of a regular chlorine pool or vice versa. Pool services will be able to maintain and be knowledgeable about both saltwater and chlorine pools, to help you decide which type of water is best for you and your lifestyle.

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