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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