Saturday, August 4, 2007
Saltwater Pools Vs Chlorine Pools
What's the difference between a saltwater pool and a pool maintained with packaged chlorine?
Salt water pools used to be the exception, but now they are becoming a widely accepted method of water treatment in swimming pools. A lot of builders are now making salt water systems standard on their new pools. Most equipment manufacturers have also become aware of the fact that salt water pools are not just a passing fad. They are here to stay.
Lower Chlorine Levels -
Saltwater Pools - 0.5 to 1.0 ppm chlorine
Traditional Pools - 3.0 - 10.0 ppm chlorine
No "Chemical Bath" Feel
NO packaged chlorine needed.
NO algaecides needed
NO soda ash or baking soda
Better Swimmer Comfort
By eliminating the need for the harsh chemicals, you eliminate the source of the irritation that plagues swimmers in most pools.
Controlled Stabilizer Levels
If you are using chlorine tablets, you are adding 1 lb. of stabilizer for every 2 lbs. of tablets you put into your pool. Your stabilizer level rises to over 100 ppm and your chlorine becomes ineffective and yellow algae and poor sanitization results.
With a salt system, you add stabilizer as needed and are able to keep the level low. Your chlorine remains VERY effective and you need much less in the water to do the job (see above).
On commercial pools, state code requires you to drain pools when the stabilizer level exceeds 100 ppm. The salt system avoids this problem.
Superior Algae Control
Saltwater pool systems virtually eliminate algae problems. This is because the chlorine in the pool is not inhibited by high stabilizer levels.