Salt-water swim­ming pools with chlo­rine gen­er­a­tors have become very pop­u­lar. And for good rea­son… Swim­ming in a mild saline solu­tion is much like tak­ing a bath or shower in soft water. Unlike com­pletely chlo­ri­nated pools that can leave your skin feel­ing dry and show­ing a white residue, swim­mers in prop­erly main­tained salt-water pools report their skin feel­ing softer, smoother and feel­ing more refreshed. You also can reap the finan­cial and health ben­e­fits of not need­ing to buy chlo­rine or expe­ri­ence any of its side effects.

How­ever… there are a few things you should con­sider before mak­ing the salt-water pool leap.


Here’s the pros and cons about salt-water pools

  • PRO. The skin feel. Many pre­fer the feel of salt-water on their skin and in their hair.
  • PRO. The heal­ing ben­e­fits. The ancient Greeks used the word “tha­las­sother­apy” to describe the heal­ing effects of salt water. Salt water can soothe your skin, improve blood flow, and increase func­tions in your immune system.
  • PRO. The beauty ben­e­fits. Salt water reju­ve­nates, exfo­li­ates, and detox­i­fies skin, the largest organ in the human body. Salt water can also mois­tur­ize skin and help heal dis­or­ders rang­ing from acne and eczema to psoriasis.
  • CON. Salt-water swim­ming pools require spe­cific main­te­nance and upkeep. Some ser­vice tech­ni­cians may treat pools with chlo­rine gen­er­a­tors just like any other pool—causing some major prob­lems for the pool owner.
  • CON. Water level must be prop­erly main­tained or the gen­er­a­tor won’t pro­duce any chlo­rine. You must make sure that water flows through the gen­er­a­tor at all time
  • CON. A byprod­uct of the chlo­rine gen­er­a­tor is sodium hydrox­ide, which tends to push up the pH level of your pool so you’ve got to con­stantly mon­i­tor the pH and alka­lin­ity of your pool.
  • CON. You’ve got to keep a very close eye on salt lev­els and water tem­per­a­ture. If the temp drops below 55 degrees, the chlo­rine gen­er­a­tor will not work. Salt lev­els should be kept between 2,500 and 4,000 parts per million.
  • CON. Salt stains and cor­rodes and can take a toll on your pool. When you add salt, be sure to spread it around so that you don’t dam­age the plas­ter on your pool. Salt is corrosive—if not mixed prop­erly the pool can dete­ri­o­rate in the area where salt sat too long. If your pool is newly plas­tered, you’ve got to wait one month before adding salt. Salt can also dam­age the con­crete around your pool. Be sure to wash off the con­crete decks and use a sealant


So, if prop­erly main­tained, salt water swim­ming pools can be a healthy alter­na­tive to chlo­ri­nated pools. You just need to be pre­pared to care for them and be aware of the stain­ing and cor­ro­sion that can happen.

If you’re pon­der­ing if a salt-water pool is for you, just give us a call!



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