Oct 26 15
In prior years, it was almost impossible to have a backyard pool without filling it with all kinds of chemicals. The need to add chlorine to keep your water sparkling clear and safe for swimming was a real chore…and a big expense.
As more and more people become uncomfortable with the idea of flooding their pools with all kinds of chemicals and then diving into what was essentially a chemical bath, engineers, scientists, and researchers really started to look into alternative solutions for pool owners that just didn’t want to deal with that headache any longer.
It turns out the solution was salt water!
Saltwater pools are becoming very popular these days, and it’s easy to see why. They offer a lot of advantages over traditional swimming pools.
Let’s jump right in!
The advantages of saltwater pools include…
The first big advantage that you are going to have when you decide to go with a saltwater swimming pool is that it is significantly gentler on your eyes and your skin than any chlorine swimming pool ever could be. Perfect for those with high chlorine sensitivities, as well as those that just don’t love it when their skin dries out and their eyes become irritated after a quick dip.
Even though salt includes a natural form of chlorine (sodium chloride), saltwater pools are also significantly safer than chemical chlorine. Everyone has read the warnings that chlorine has right on the box or the bottle, and some research has shown that there may be significant long-term health risks for those that spend a lot of time in chlorine-filled pools.
Finally, saltwater pools are much closer to a “hands-free” swimming pool experience, as the salt continuously converts to sanitizer removing the need to add chlorine powders or liquids.
When compared to the more traditional chlorine swimming pool installations, you can expect to spend at least $1000-$1500 or more on a saltwater pool, well worth it when you consider the cost of chlorine year after year.
If you wish to convert your pool to salt water, you will have to make sure that all of your swimming pool accessories and maintenance tools are saltwater friendly. If they aren’t, you will need to replace them with salt-compatible models.
Only you’ll be able to determine whether or not the switch to a saltwater swimming pool is worthwhile. If you’re interested in getting more information about this kind of pool sanitization, talk to the custom pool installation experts in the Ottawa area: Rideau Pools. We’ll help you weigh the pros and cons and settle on the right choice for your pool. Happy swimming!