Salt Pools vs. Chlorinated Pools

Deciding between a salt pool and a traditional chlorine pool can be a confusing decision. While they both purify your pool and maintain its safety for you, your family, and your friends, is one type of pool the top option? We hope to alleviate the confusion on this matter with these interesting facts about the differences between salt and chlorine.

What Is A Salt Pool?

Busting Salt Pools Myths

When most people think about salt pools, their minds travel toward our vast oceans and the saltiness of the seas. Thankfully, that is not at all what a salt pool is. A salt pool is actually a swimming pool that contains between 3000-4000 ppm of salt, which means that salt pools are 1/10th to 1/12th as salty as the ocean, and their saltiness is therefore very mild. Another concern about salt pools that comes to mind is that swimmers would be able to taste the salt in the water because we all swallow pool water from time to time. However, due to the low salt content, the flavor of the water is not salty, and most people cannot taste the salt at all.

Seeing the Economical Benefits of Salt Pools

One of the best arguments for a salt pool is that salt pools produce chlorine automatically due to the sanitation system they employ. In order for a pool to be a salt pool, it must have a chlorine generator, which is a device through which the saltwater cycles throughout the day. As the saltwater passes through this device, it is subjected to simple electrolysis, which transforms the chloride portion of the salt into an effective sanitizer that destroys bacteria, algae, viruses, and other substances that would contaminate the water.

This process keeps the water clean and is also self-sustaining, which means that a major benefit of a salt pool is that they eliminate the need of owners to buy chlorine and constantly handle toxic chemicals. Therefore, a salt pool can be relatively independent for much longer than a chlorine pool. However, remember that a salt system only produces chlorine while it is running, and just because the pool pump is circulating the water does not mean that the salt system is on.

Feeling the Physical Benefits of Salt Pools

Because salt splits up and creates chlorine, it can maintain the pool at a lower chlorine level. The lowered chlorine level helps individuals with chlorine allergies to enjoy the pool without getting sick due to the adjusted chlorine levels. Also, a properly maintained salt water pool feels softer on the skin than a traditionally chlorinated pool, so those who have sensitive skin will not experience the same discomfort in a salt pool that they would in a traditionally chlorinated pool. Salt pools will not leave swimmers with the itchy skin, red eyes, and discolored hair that many of us are used to associating with chlorinated pools, so having a salt pool means that swimming will simply feel better.

Salt pools will not leave swimmers with the itchy skin, red eyes, and discolored hair that many of us are used to associating with chlorinated pools.

Which Pool Type Should You Choose?

The general consensus on salt pools compared to traditionally chlorinated pools is that salt pools are the better choice. Due to their superior supply of comfort, convenience, safety, and savings, salt pools allow their owners to truly live the life of luxury with their pools. At Pristine Water, we keep salt pools just as clean, and we also price our maintenance services 10% cheaper for salt pools, so the benefits of salt pools are as clear as Pristine-cleaned pool water. We would love to discuss in further detail the advantages of salt pools, so if you have any questions, contact Pristine Water today!