The Pros and Cons of Saltwater Pools


The Pros and Cons of Saltwater Pools
Jan 10 20

Thinking about having a new pool installed in your home this coming year? If you’re debating between saltwater and a traditional one, we’ve laid out the pros and cons of saltwater pools to help make your decision easier. Read about them below to determine the best choice for you.

PROS

Convenient, Natural Sanitization

Though they are a more natural alternative, saltwater pools do still utilize chlorine to keep the water safe and disinfected for swimming. However, instead of using chemicals, the salt cells within the water are converted into active chlorine, creating a natural sanitization method. You may think this requires a lot of salt, but in fact, the salinity level is quite mild, amounting to about a teaspoon of salt per gallon of water. This creates a safe and comfortable swim environment.

Reduces Skin and Eye Irritation

If you or a family member is particularly sensitive to the chlorine and other chemicals found within traditional pool water, saltwater could be a better option. You won’t have to deal with skin and eye irritation or the smell of chlorine since there’s far less in saltwater pools.

Less Maintenance Required

Since saltwater pools are a more natural system, the salt cells that produce chlorine only do so when it’s needed. This makes it more convenient because the water won’t need as much maintenance and can self-regulate.

CONS

Bigger Upfront Cost

If you are planning to go this route, you’ll need to have a larger budget available as the cost will set you back more than traditional pools – something that’s important to keep in mind when shopping around.

More Complex System

Though this natural system is easier to maintain in general, it’s also more complex and intricate. So even if minor problems do occur, you’ll likely need to call in a technician to repair and solve them.

Damaging Salt

Anyone who lives in a northern climate knows how destructive salt can be on other surfaces. Even with a relatively low salinity level, you’ll need to be careful with any items that are placed nearby, such as lighting, masonry, liners, and so forth.

If your budget permits it, a saltwater pool can be a great alternative to a traditional pool, especially if you prefer to reduce the maintenance and chemicals that are involved. To learn more or to get a quote, give the pool experts a call at Rideau Pools today!


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