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.
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