Salt Water Pools and Spas

Salt water pools and spas are recognized around the world as the best choice for a naturally healthy swimming experience. 

A salt system creates delicately soft pool water with lower levels of chlorine than a tradition pool. An added benefit is you will be spending less money and less time maintaining your pool. A salt water system will produce chlorine naturally from the salt in your pool so you won't ever have to add chemical chlorine.

Whether you already own a salt water pool or are part of the growing number of people who are considering upgrading to a better alternative we can help get you started. A salt water pool combined with your favourite patio furniture will create an enjoyable, healthy and relaxing place for you and your family or friends to enjoy for many years to come.

Benefits of Salt Water Pools

The benefits are revolutionizing the swimming pool industry and we're going to tell you about them. It all starts with eliminating the harsh chlorine chemical that you would normally add to your pool water and substituting it for natural pool salt. 

You will never have to transport chlorine or have to deal with the painstaking hassle of adding the appropriate amount of chlorine ever. It's a great choice when you consider you are saying good bye to a harsh chemical and making a choice to use natural table salt that usually only needs to be added once a year. 

  • No chlorine tabs 
  • No hazardous materials
  • No red or stinging eyes
  • No smell of chlorine

Salt water is a lot more stable and balanced than regular chlorinated water. This results in less time spent worrying about the chemistry in your pool and more time actually enjoying it. Most salt water pool systems are equipped with sensors that read and maintain levels automatically so you won't have to.

How Salt Water Chlorination Works

The natural salt water is circulated through your pool system and as it travels through the generator it constantly produces low levels of chlorine that keeps your pool free of bacteria and algae. The chlorine destroys the bacteria and algae and once it has done its job its converted back into salt water by the generator where the process can be repeated over again. 

If you have questions about salt water pool maintenance and how it compares to traditional chlorine pools we've got the answers you're looking for. 

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Salt water is very stable and creates an environment that is difficult for bacteria and germs to survive. After all that's how mother nature created the oceans. There is a main difference between the ocean and the water in salt water pools is the amount of salt or salinity.

The salinity of a salt water pool will be roughly 3,000 parts per million (ppm). The ocean is roughly 35,000 ppm and the salinity of a human tear drop is 6,000 ppm. Most salt water pool owners can't taste this low level of salt and is closer to the pH of your own skin and eyes.

We've compiled a list of the most commonly asked questions salt water pool owners have on our FAQ page ranging from chemistry to allergies. 

Converting to Salt Water 

The cost of converting to salt water is a lot less than you might think. The only thing you need to add to an existing pool or hot tub is a salt water system. A regular chlorine pool shouldn't have to be altered in any way and in most cases it will actually increase the life of your existing equipment because of the less harsh and more natural occuring levels of chlorine.

A salt water hot tub can be converted for as little as $200 with no alterations to the existing system needed. The system works independently from the pump and provides continuous chlorine production even when your hot tub isn't running. 

The cost of a salt system for swimming pools varie based on manufacturer and model but you can expect to pay between $500 and $1,500. They are sized based on pool gallonage so be sure to find one that's right for your pool. In the heart of the chlorine generator is the salt cell that will need to be replaced approximately every 3 to 5 years.

The money saved by not purchasing chemical chlorine tabs pays for the chlorine generator in as little as one year. 

The only other expense of converting your pool to salt water will be the cost of salt that can be added right into your existing chlorine pool water. Once the proper salinity level is reached you should only have to add salt at the beginning of every season. Salt does not evaporate and should only need to be added once a season.

Integrating Salt Water Pools

Many pool owners with existing chlorine systems have questions related to the integration and compatibility of a salt system. In almost every case there is nothing that needs to change other than adding an efficient generator.

All pool accessories and hardware that you either have in your existing chlorine system or want to include in your new pool setup will work absolutely fine. Whether its a heater, pump or filter you shouldn't have any issue with compatibility. In the past there were components in some heaters that were corroding but with the popularity of salt water pools - these issues are almost non-existant in todays pool industry. 

If corrosion is a concern a very affordable option is the use of a zinc anode which prevents any corrosion that can be caused with unbalanced water chemistry or if you have a highly sensitive material used to create your pool deck and surrounding area. 

If you own or are considering a salt water above ground pool we have extensive information just for you. In some cases there are subtle differences between in-ground and above ground pools so its a good idea to arm yourself with as much information as possible.  

We believe that salt water pools are the future in swimming pool sanitization. All the benefits and the affordability make it an unbelievably great choice for any existing pool owner or as a start up. We have helped many pool owners make the switch and are proud to be your source for everything related to salt water pools and spas.

Whether you own a swimming or are looking for more information on becoming a first time pool owner we want to emphasize pool safety and it should be the number one priority with any pool setup. If you take care of ensuring the safety of your pool you will have years or worry free use and enjoy your pool for many years to come!

If you have any questions or comments Contact one of our salt water swimming pool experts.