Salt Water Pool or Traditional Chlorine – Which is Best?
Traditional pool sanitation methods consist of using harmful chemicals (primarily chlorine) to treat a pool’s water to kill pathogens or a Salt Water Pool System, which is best. Traditional chemicals and chlorine can become quite a noxious soup, irritating, smelly, and undesirable to swim in. No one wants to swim in a pool of water full of irritating chemicals. This is one reason why salt water chlorination systems, (often called salt water pools) have gained so much popularity with pool consumers over the years.
Chlorination for traditional swimming pools can often produce a problematic cycle of over-chlorination and under-clorination as chorine levels are not maintained daily. Chlorine in standard swimming pools also becomes a combination of freely available and combined available chlorine. Free available chlorine actively sanitizes the water, and combined available chlorine has chloramines. Chloramines (that irritating smell of chlorine that many find problematic and annoying especially for asthma sufferers) are created from the reaction of free available pool chlorine combining with human perspiration, skin cells, and other skin oils.
When standard chlorination methods fall short for lack of proper maintenance and care (as often happens) free chlorine levels may plummet and require the pool to be shocked with up to five to ten times the average amount of pool chlorine to solve biological problems and bring the pool back to balance. This up and down roller coaster is a drawback for many pool owners and managers who are not on top of their pool care on a regular, disciplined schedule.
Salt Water Pool
Salt water pools eliminate much of this problem of combined available chlorine. The chlorine generator in a salt water pool continuously produces free chlorine ions during electrolysis and simultaneously burns off chloramines keeping water fresh and sanitized.
Salt water chlorinators convert salt into pure chlorine using a process called electrolysis which frees the chloride portion of the salt molecule to produce chorine gas which combines with pool water to sanitize the pool. Chlorine can be adjusted infinitely by controlling the length of chlorine producing cyles and how hard the unit is producing chlorine during the cycle for many salt water systems. With your salt system producing chlorine daily your pool is always covered, and it eliminates the roller coaster cycles of most standard chlorination methods.
Pool Chemical Reduction
A lot of products necessary to keep your regular chlorinated pool can be done away with when you pick the right system to manage your pool. Chlorine Genie has a Salt Water Chlorinator Pool System that is unique that can produce and take care of up to 5 important pool chemicals giving you a unique angle on salt water chlorination.
Chloramines are also destroyed by the right salt-water chlorination systems, giving you a pool water swimming experience that feels more like fresh water. Chloramines turn hair green, make eyes red, and causes the skin to become dry and itchy. In fact, many people who have allergic reactions to standard chlorinated pools have no problems in salt water pools.
Simple and Convenient
Salt water pool chlorinators are for the most part simple to use, convenient, and can spare you the hassle of standard chlorine and the associated nasty side effects. With a constant delivery of pure additive-free sanitizer for your pool in the appropriate amount, your pool water experience will be greatly improved.
Improved Water Quality
People truly enjoy the feeling and the experience of salt water pools, there is less smell, less irritation, and it is more environmentally friendly for swimmers and the environment.
Are Salt Water Pools Problem Free?
Does that mean that salt water pools are the solution to problem free economical pool care? No… there are drawbacks to the system, problems, hidden expenses, and even potential dangers to be considered. See the following resource: Salt Water Pools to learn more. You can see some of the common salt water pool problems, different systems, and solutions.