Salt Water or Chlorinated Water Pool?

As the summer heat masks herself behind the last few weeks of spring you may have the image of a shady patio set with lawn chairs, a beautiful landscape with the perfect pool smack-dab in the middle of it all. Perhaps you have been dreaming of this pool for a couple years, yet find yourself not wanting to invest the time and money into maintaining it, however, there is a solution. The salt water pool has been prestigious for many years as a self-maintaining pool, utilizing the natural mineral of salt to cut back on microorganisms by nearly ninety-nine percent.

For those that wish to have a mini-outdoor vacation spot that requires little investment, converting your pool to a salt water pool is the perfect solution.

Think of a salt water pool as a mini-chlorine generator right in your backyard. By using electrolysis these pools are able to form chlorine by charging the saltwater with an electric current. Therefore, these types of pools do not require chlorine or chemical additives. Considering that salt has been used for thousands of years as an antimicrobial weapon, these pools basically keep algae and bacteria at bay with little to no interference from you. It is almost as convenient as coming home to dinner on the table and fresh laundry, imagine being able to spend more time in your pool than you spend worrying about keeping it clean and ready for use.

The mechanism of the salt water pool is simple, it utilizes a chlorine generator which uses salt to produce active chlorine, meaning all you have to do is to add salt to the pool. Generally, the amount of salt that a pool requires depends on its size. It is recommended that fifty pounds of salt be added for every 1,200 gallons of water.

In addition, you can turn your chlorine pool into a salt water pool by installing a chlorine generator into your pool’s return lines. Overall, the decision to have a salt water or chlorine pool is dependent upon the owners preference.

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There are many misconceptions that a salt water pool is chemical free, however, this is a fallacy. Since sodium chloride is separated into sodium and chloride during the electrolysis process a hydrogen molecule is released. Eventually these molecules combine to create hypochlorite, which is basically chlorine. Therefore, there is chlorine present, it was simply made by natural chemistry opposed to being added by the owner.

In addition, a properly maintained chlorine pool can be equal in water quality to that of a salt water pool.

So, if you feel that you do not wish to spend the time adding chemicals to your pool or the money purchasing them, a salt water pool may be the best option for you. All-in-all, if you want to create a backyard escape but find yourself short on time, sodium chloride is on your side.

Whether you have a salt water or chlorinated pool, you can rely on Chandler Arizona Pools to provide quality repair and pool service in Chandler.

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