A clear, sparkling pool in the backyard can make it feel like you have your own island oasis. Taking a dip in the cool water is a refreshing escape from the summer heat. If you’re considering installing a pool in your backyard, you may be conflicted as to what kind to get. Saltwater or chlorine. Chlorinated pools have been around for more than 70 years, while salt water pools are still a recent invention. There are several notable differences between saltwater and chlorine pools, but which is best? Click To Tweet
Saltwater vs Chlorine Pools
The idea of a saltwater pool is a bit misleading, as it still contains chlorine. The actual salt content of a saltwater pool is quite low, at levels similar to human tears! The big difference between the 2 is that a saltwater pool uses salt that passes through a chlorinator and produces hypochlorous acid for sanitation through electrolysis. Chlorinated pools use the addition of chlorine tablets to sanitize the water.
The costs associated with a chlorinated pool are typically less than a saltwater pool. They are less expensive upfront and do not require a chlorinator or saltwater generator, which must run many hours per day in a saltwater pool.
Saltwater pools need to be drained annually and tested regularly to ensure that ph levels are normal. Chlorinated pools also require regular pH testing, but don’t need to be drained unless there’s a problem.
If you are considering renovating or converting a traditional chlorine pool to a saltwater system, keep in mind that salt is fairly corrosive. The salt water may have adverse effects to pool parts, such as the lighting, liner, and masonry. Surrounding landscaping may also be damaged by salt water.
Using zodiac fusion and adding ozone to a chlorinated pool can significantly and safely lower chlorine levels. The Zodiac fusion process introduces copper and silver ions to the water. Ozone acts as a super shock to kill bacteria and pathogens in the pool. This effectively lowers the amount of chlorine necessary to keep a chlorinated pool clean. Aquascapes uses both of these techniques in all chlorinated pools.
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