Chlorine in pool water, however, brings with it plenty of issues. The smell, for one, is the primary thing people complain about when swimming in a chlorine pool, especially when there’s too much of the chemical. More often than not, the smell is so strong you can actually pick it up even when you’re not in the water and standing a few feet away.
Too much chlorine can also irritate your skin and eyes. In all likelihood, all that chlorine is going to give you a headache as well.
A salt water pool, however, won’t give you such problems. Let’s take a look at why you should consider having one.
A saltwater pool is still a chlorine pool, but safer
Whatever its downsides, chlorine is still the best way to disinfect pool water. A saltwater pool, however, is different in the sense that it does not get an infusion of chlorine the way a traditional pool does. Saltwater pools rely on a salt-chlorine generator to, as its name implies, to generate chlorine directly from salt.
The process starts with adding sodium chloride or salt to the water, which will then pass through the chlorine generator cell. An electrical discharge will then convert the salt into the chlorine that will keep the pool water hygienic.
Chlorine generated from salt right there in the water is ultimately safer since that means you don’t have to store actual chlorine in your shed and run the risk of a leak. Chlorine stored for an extended period also tends to lose its potency, and end up not being that effective at killing bacteria and other pathogens.
A saltwater pool doesn’t irritate the skin
The reduced chlorine levels created by a salt-chlorine generator does not cause your skin to become dry or itchy. In fact, swimming in a saltwater pool leaves a silkier feel on your skin. A saltwater pool is also gentler on the eyes.
Since it runs on a system that creates its own chlorine, a saltwater pool doesn’t require much in the way of maintenance. You won’t have to keep on adding chemicals to the water. You will still need to monitor chlorine pH levels every week, though.
These are just some of the reasons why you should think about converting your pool into a saltwater one. Do more research on the pros and cons of the two and decide which one is more preferable for you.
About Author: Alexis Reed is the Content Specialist of H2O Pool Service, a family-owned Phoenix pool company that cleans, services, and repairs residential and commercial pools throughout Arizona. She enjoys hiking and camping with her family and friends.