Salt Water vs. Chlorinated Pools

In case you haven’t heard in the past few years, there has been a surge in a new type of home pool system. The most common pool and pool service that many are used to is a chlorinated pool with a basic filter and chlorine in the basin to help kill the bacteria. The important aspect of this is that it is the common pool and easier to maintain. It is the most popular despite the growing popularity of a new type of pool. Some individuals have started installing salt pools. These pools are the same as a chlorinated pool except for one thing: they do not have the harsh chemicals, right?

There is no definitive answer: yes and no would both be correct.

Not Like the Ocean

Saltwater pools do not directly use the harsh chemicals that are in a chlorinated pool. Before you hesitate, it is worth noting that salt water pools are not as salty as ocean water. Saltwater pools can kill the bacteria by creating its version of chlorine. It is not entirely chlorine-free: it is just not doused with store bought chemicals. When the salt passed by chlorine, the chlorine comes from the reaction of the salt against the metal plate. It is because salt alone cannot defeat everything that ends up in the pool.


Another common misconception is that the salt water pools are softer pools that leave less irritation. While compared to an unmaintained pool, yes, it does. Salt water pools are a bit more people friendly just based on the amount of chlorine spiked into the pool. With regular chlorine pools, it is easy to have too many of the chloramines that trigger irritation. It will make the water in either pool feel different from the other, though they both have unyielding rates and should feel the same if they are both properly maintained through pool service.

Ultimately when it comes to choosing if you want to go to a saltwater system, it comes down to the facts. The salt water does a good job at sanitation, but it takes a lot more time to monitor the pH so that it is just right. The salt water doesn’t oxidize any bacteria as the chlorine does. Rather, like stated before, it sanitizes, which is fantastic. However, it takes more time to monitor how much chlorine gets created and the salt levels of the pool. Salt levels need to be just right, as well as the pH levels, which enable the salt water system to work properly.

The actual difference between the two systems is how the chlorine gets added to the pool. The preference comes down to the individual. If you have never used one system, it will be a change, but it could be something that works for you. However, every pool has its maintenance. Whenever you consider installing a pool with us, do your research, ask us questions, get quality pool service, and make a decision you approve.

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