Salt water Swimming Pools pro’s and cons

Choose the right Pool Sanatiser for your Swimming pool

Lets clear up one thing right from the start… Salt water pool does actually create its own chlorine to sanatise your pool.. The advantage for the pool owner is the pool doesn’t actually required added chlorine (in most situations), and less irritation for people who are sensitive to the added chemicals. Salt water tends to be much softer than chlorinated water, so it’s much more pleasurable to swim in, and is much less harsh on your skin. In addition, a salt water pool usually has a much lower concentration of chlorine than a chlorinated pool.

Running costs are reduced as bagged salt currently is more economical than liquid chlorine that is injected into your pool. Just to be clear though, Salt water pools do in fact use chlorine to sanitize and the water. So if you are not adding chlorine tablets or shock, how does that work?

It works because of the chemical composition of salt, which is made up of chlorine and sodium. Within the salt water system is a unit called a salt-chlorine generator, which uses electrolysis to generate chlorine by separating the sodium and chlorine molecules in the salt you add to the pool. As the generator unit separates out the chlorine, it’s returned to the pool, where it keeps the water clean and sanitary.

A well-maintained salt pool is an absolute delight to swim in, with softer, more comfortable water that doesn’t irritate. It doesn’t taste salty, either, as you might think, because it has such a low concentration of salt that it’s officially considered to be fresh water!  In the ocean, the salt concentration is between 20,000 to 35,000 parts per million, whereas in a salt water pool, it’s just 2,600 to 3,200.

Finally, don’t be fooled into thinking that a salt water pool maintains itself. It doesn’t. You still need to check PH levels and carry out other maintenance tasks. However, you’ll benefit from lower maintenance costs and a more enjoyable swimming experience, which definitely makes it worthwhile.

ORP Chlorine & acid injection controllers actually vary the input of both chlorine and acid into the pool according to the bather load and weather conditions. The control unit continually tests the water at pre determined times during operation to modulate the inputs to reflect the pool use. Where as a Salt water pool chlorine production is controlled simply by manual control of the timer to estimate the time required to accomodate the seasonal changes & bather load. Its quite simple really but worth considering when you are building a new pool.

Call in and discuss your needs at Lifestyle Solutions centre, 78 Mt Perry Road North Bundaberg.

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