Choosing Your Pool: Saltwater Edition

tarsons-073If you’re considering purchasing a pool this season, we want you to know all of the options available. In this blog series, we will share industry insights to help you find the perfect pool for you. Saltwater pools have become very popular over the last ten years as an alternative to chlorine pools, so we’re sharing the pros and cons to help you decide.

Pros
1. Fewer chemicals
Saltwater pools require fewer chemicals to maintain healthy water. This is both a money saver and more environmentally safe. You don’t have to store chemicals in your home and your water testing will be a lot simpler.

2. Reduced maintenance
Wouldn’t it be perfect to have a pool that cleans itself? Saltwater pools essentially do just that. The pool’s generator converts the salt into pure chlorine, which maintains water sanitation and prevents the growth of algae. This allows a constant, balanced supply of chlorine instead of having to manually add it.

3. Overall cost
Although saltwater pools are more money upfront, they pay for themselves after a few years. Maintaining a saltwater pool can be up to half the cost of maintaining a chlorine pool. These savings come from a reduction in chemical cost, testing or hiring help.

4. Unique experience
A saltwater pool owner will tell you they have never thought twice about their purchase. The water experience is undeniably different because it feels softer. No worries about chemical odors, allergic reactions, dried out skin or irritated eyes.

Cons
1. Salt corrosion
Salt is highly corrosive, so avoid placing metal furniture or handrails directly in the water. Also be aware of the chlorine generator. If too much salt is converted into chlorine it can cause damage to your heater. Speak to your sales rep about safe practices to prevent this from happening.

2. Pump cost
Since most saltwater pools have a self-maintaining system, the pool pump must operate at all times. This is to ensure enough chlorine is being produced to disinfect the water. Having the pump contstantly running can increase your utility bill, so speak with your sales rep about the estimated price increase.

3. Expensive parts
Saltwater pools are different in how they are built. For instance, a salt cell, or salt generator, is unique to this pool and can be costly to replace. Ask your sales rep about warranties and how to maintain water chemistry to prevent any damage.

If you’re looking for a fresh water experience, then a saltwater pool may be the right fit for you. Call us today for more information or to meet with a sales representative (315) 458-8800. Check back for our next post in the series to learn how you can extend your swimming season by two months in a Radiant Pool.

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