Pros and Cons of a Salt Water Pool

pool servicesA huge complaint among pool owners is the continual maintenance. Too much chlorine and your eyes sting the rest of the day, not enough chlorine, and your pool turns into an algae ridden pond. It’s enjoyable to have a pool but it needs a lot of TLC. Many pool lovers are turning to salt water systems for their pools for an improved soft water feel, and many report easier maintenance. By the start of 2016, there were 1.4 million saltwater pools in operation around the world, and about 75% of new in-ground pools are salt water. There are many pool services out there that can help convert your pool from chlorine to salt water. So, why should you make the switch?

If you think that swimming in a salt water pool is comparable to swimming in the ocean, think again. It doesn’t hurt your eyes or your skin and as mentioned before, it gives the water a soft feel that is preferred. According to the website, DoItYourself.Com, the salt content in this type of pool is proportionately the same as that in human tears. You can even safely open your eyes even while underwater.

The main benefit of salt water pools is the lack of side effects often associated with traditionally chlorinated pools. Mary Pohlman, a member of the United States Masters Swimming Sports Medicine Committee, states that in addition to irritated eyes and skin, some swimmers suffer from lung irritation and asthma-like symptoms from prolonged exposure to chlorine. Having said that, a salt water pool is not completely chlorine free. The salt water system creates it’s own chlorine keeping it crystal clear without the continual need to dump in more chlorine chemicals.

The installation for salt water pool services can be pricey up front but it is something that is cost effective in the long term. Once it’s installed, you don’t have to worry about buying endless amounts of chlorine. You can even feel comfortable leaving your house for a week or two and not having to come back to an algae covered pool that needs a lot of care and more money.

You should keep in mind that like with anything, salt, over time, can be damaging to some types of masonry work, heaters, light fixtures, and liners. If you have a pool service company come to convert your pool ask the technician to let you know what could be damaged with salt water.

If you can make the initial investment, a salt water pool can provide a low maintenance summer-time fun option that you and your family will enjoy. Your kids will no longer complain about their eyes stinging or skin irritation from traditional chlorine, and you won’t be trying to balance chlorine levels all season. Either option, chlorine or salt water, are much more manageable if you have a professional pool services to help with installation or maintenance.

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