An Evenhanded Analysis to Help Your Buying Decision

Salt water systems are still a mystery- even to the experts in the industry. We try to break the myth so you can take an informed decision.

Impressing hotels, cruises and now many home owners too, saltwater pools are gaining market share over the last decade or so. Popular as an eco-friendly version of chlorinated pools, saltwater pools use less chlorine but are hard to care for if not maintained diligently.

A few brash companies advertise saltwater pools as “Free of Chlorine” or sometimes, even a “Chemical Free Pool.” It is neither of the two.

A salt water pool does not need chlorine to be added manually, but it has a generator that produces chlorine from SALT (Sodium Chloride) using the process of electrolysis. As the pool is a closed system and generates chlorine sanitizer from salt, you are saved from the ungainly requirement of transporting and storing and adding chlorine manually to the pool.

Water in a saltwater pool is said to be cleaner, softer, and smells better than a conventional chlorine pool. Though it can be argued that most of the pools are ill-maintained, and a well-maintained, well-cleaned pool would be no better or no worse than a saltwater pool.

Major advantages of a saltwater pool

  • Saves you the constant hassle of buying, transporting and storing chlorine.
  • Saves you money as the cost of a saltwater pool generator is less than the cost of chlorine in the long run.
  • You get to feel softer water if you keep the pool well-maintained.

Major disadvantages of a saltwater pool

  • If appropriate levels of chlorine are not maintained, algae may bloom.
  • Since the system is more complex, you may spend more even for minor problems.
  • Since salt does not react well with certain materials, you may have to avoid a few fixtures, underground lightings and liners.

Maintenance of a salt water pool

Maintaining a saltwater pool is essentially a series of simple steps that you can follow easily. Here are the most important recommendations:

  1. Salinity or salt concentration should be kept in the range of 2500-4500 ppm.
  2. Keep pH levels between 7.2-7.8 with 7.5 as the optimal figure.
  3. Chlorine levels should always be in the range of 1-3 ppm, with 2 ppm as optimal.
  4. Total alkalinity should never be out of the range of 80-120 ppm.
  5. Clean salt cell once a year.

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