Are you considering adding a swimming pool to your home, but you have concerns about chlorinated water? If so, then a salt water pool might be right for you. Choosing which type of pool is ideal for you and your family is a big decision. We are here to help with some information you need to know about salt water pools.
It should be noted that salt water pools are not free of chlorine, but the levels of chlorine are significantly lower. This means if you choose a salt-water pool you will not have to purchase and transport chlorine into your home, which is a frequent errand for the majority of pool owners. Typically, people with chlorine sensitivity describe much less irritation when they use a salt water pool. Chlorinated water in a traditional pool can also feel abrasive on the skin. Therefore chlorine levels must be maintained on a consistent basis to ensure they remain within a healthy range.
Salt Water Pools Are Not That Salty
Forget what you think about saltwater pools. The typical concentration of salt is only 3,000 parts per million (ppm). This is far below the level of salt that needs to be present to be detectable by human taste buds. Additionally, you will not exit a salt water pool with any significant salty residue on your body. In fact, the overall concentration of salt is relative to that of saline solution that is used to clean contact lenses.
Less Frequent Maintenance
The exact level of maintenance a salt water pool requires depends on the specific make and model, as well as features in the pool. Although most maintenance is self-occurring, meaning the pool basically maintains itself. One rather common feature on a salt water pool is an ultraviolet disinfection system. The biggest potential expense and most costly part of a salt water pool is the salt chlorine generator. This piece of equipment automatically adds salt to the pool water by sending low-voltage electric current through a salt cell. As water passes through the cell, electrolysis occurs, dividing the salt water into hydrogen and hypochlorous acid. This acid serves the same purpose as store-bought chlorine and sanitizes your pool. The generator continues this process indefinitely. Therefore, once the proper concentration of salt is achieved, only a small amount of salt will be needed to adjust the levels.
The Correct Equipment For A Salt Water Pool
The two most important pieces of equipment in a salt water pool are the generator itself and the salt cell. Salt cells typically have a lifespan ranging from 3-5 years. You also should plan to acquire the initial salt to help your salt water pool reach the desired ppm concentration level. As you can imagine, salt can corrode your pool equipment and accessories, as well as damage certain types of decks. Therefore, we recommend rails, ladders and diving boards that are resistant to corrosion, as well as other accessories with anti-corrosive coverings. Our team would be glad to help you with a supply list to complete your salt water pool.
At RIG Custom Pool & Spa, we have the experience and knowledge to assemble, install, and maintain any type of pool—including salt water pools. We are state-certified, with an A-plus rating with the Better Business Bureau. To learn more about our services, call our office at (863) 294-4475.
RIG Custom Pool & Spa is proud to serve customers in the Polk County area including Winter Haven, Lakeland, Haines City, Bartow and Davenport, Florida.