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Salt Water Pools

Saltwater pools have become a popular trend in recent years. Maybe you already have a salt water swimming pool or are interested in installing one. Before making the switch, please consider these important factors. If you are interested in installing a salt system, please contact us today so we can give you a quote. Our experienced team can also help with weekly cleaning service for your salt water pool and spa.

Saltwater Pools Contain Chlorine

Some people may be surprised to learn that salt water pools contain chlorine. Surprisingly enough, a salt system's job is to generate chlorine using a process called electrolysis. Simply put, electrolysis uses electricity to split the salt molecules and generate chlorine (CI). This would make sense because salt is actually "sodium chloride", or NaCl on the periodic table. After electrolysis occurs, the chlorine flows back into the pool to clean the water and kill any bacteria. Therefore, if you are looking for a completely chlorine free pool, a salt water pool is not the answer.

Saltwater Is Not Always Better For Your Skin

This depends on who you ask. For some people, swimming in a salt water pool is less harsh on their skin because of the way the chlorine is added (see above). While some say that chlorine pools irritate their eyes, skin or hair, others have no issue with it. It's all about personal preference when it comes to a salt water pool. Before deciding which type of pool to install, try swimming in a chlorine pool and then a saltwater pool to see which one feels better for you.

It's Not More Affordable/Easier

While a saltwater pool system replaces the need for liquid chlorine or tabs, it is not necessarily easier to maintain or more affordable than a standard chlorine pool. Even though a salt water pool automatically generates chlorine, you must still balance the other chemicals each week to help balance the chlorine. Since salt pools have higher pH levels, you'll end up needing more muriatic acid than a chlorine pool. So if you are looking to switch to salt water in hopes to save money on chemicals and maintenance, this may not be the answer.

If you are interested in switching to a salt water pool or looking for someone to help maintain your salt water pool, we can help. Please contact us today at 805-492-6991 for a quote.

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