Salt Water Pools

Salt water pools are a new higher standard for automatic chlorination and overall pool sanitation.  If you are considering joining millions of other pool owners around the globe who have upgraded to salt water we will explain all the benefits and answer questions you might have about salt water systems.  If you want to swim with increased comfort and enjoy the convenience of no more adding chemical chlorine, a salt water system is definitely worth learning about. 

Whether you are part of the growing number of pool owners considering upgrading their regular chlorine pool or installing a brand new salt water pool we can help you get started.  A better swimming experience is only a few steps away and most conversions can be completed in as little as one day so you can be swimming in silky soft water in no time at all.  

Learn more about swim spas and how they are slowly becoming the best choice for home owners with a limited budget and space. 

Benefits of Salt Water Pools

The benefits are the reason so many pool owners are upgrading to natural chlorination instead of adding chemical chlorine.  In addition to never needing to purchase or add chlorine to your pool there are a few distinct advantages that will lead to an improved swimming experience and an overall healthier and gentler pool. 

Since the salt water creates a more stable environment for chlorine to eliminate harmful germs and bacteria, salt water pools require lower levels of chlorine.  The low levels of chlorine combined with the soothing effects of the salt water will reduce chlorine irritation and the chemical feel and odour of a regular pool. 

A regular chlorine pool will create a substance called chloramines when mixed with bacteria and swimmer waste.  Chloramines or combined chlorine are associated with negative effects like eye and skin irritation, bleached bathing suits, green hair and strong chemical odour.  A salt water system eliminates chloramines through continuous oxidation and creates free chlorine instead. 

The cost savings over using chemical chlorine is estimated to be as much as 50%.  This is due to the fact that the chlorine produced by the salt cell is converted back to salt after the natural chlorine has eliminated waste and bacteria in the pool.  This process can be repeated over and over again and since the salt never wears out, evaporates or degrades it's considered a self contained system. 

The chlorine that is produced by a salt system is 100% pure chlorine gas that is dissolved into your pool water.  In pool's where chemical chlorine is used there are added chemicals and materials used in the chemical making process that won't be present when chlorine is produced naturally. 

Most salt water pool systems that create natural chlorine are equipped with sensors that monitor and display the salinity so you don't have to.  Many systems can even be equipped with chemical automation so you can spend more time enjoying your pool and less time maintaining it.  We'll list some of the benefits you can expect by joining millions of pool owners around the world who have upgraded to salt water. 

  • No purchasing, transporting or adding chemical chlorine 
  • Less time spent balancing and maintaining your pool chemistry 
  • Reduce skin irritation, red eyes and chlorine sensitivity 
  • No chemical smell of chlorine or sticky residue after a swim
  • Reduce the bleaching and staining of hair and clothing

What is a Salt Water Pool?

Salt systems use salt water to produce constant low levels or chlorine to keep the pool sanitary and healthy.  The salt water is circulated through the pool system and as it travels through the salt water pool cell, the salt molecule is broken down into natural chlorine.  The chlorine destroys the bacteria, algae and other microorganism and is then reverted back to chlorine so it can repeat the process over and over again. 

The levels of salt are so low that you shouldn't be able to taste it, smell it or even know that you are swimming in salt water.  Salt systems operate on about 3,000 ppm salinity which is considered a mild saline solution.  It's less concentrated than human tears which are around 9,000 ppm and salinity in the ocean which averages around 35,000 ppm.  

The salt water is more stable and is able to kill off harmful germs in a pool with less chlorine and balancing chemicals.  It's how mother nature designed the oceans and with a salt system you can bring this technology to your backyard swimming pool.  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. 

Converting to a Salt Water Pool

The cost of converting your existing pool to a salt water system 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 and salt.  A salt water hot tub can be converted in as little as 15 minutes with no other alterations because the system works independently from the pump and provides continuous chlorine production even when your hot tub isn't running. 

After the initial investment of purchasing a salt system for your pool or hot tub you can expect to save money every year because you won't need to purchase chlorine ever again.  Many pool owners recoup the initial costs in as little as 1-2 years after owning their new pool system. 

We've compiled a list of the most commonly asked questions salt system owners have on our FAQ page including pool chemistry and chlorine allergies. 

Additional Information

All pool accessories and hardware that you have in your existing chlorine system or want to include in your new pool setup will work with no alterations.  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 inground and above ground pools so its a good idea to arm yourself with as much information as possible.  

In the past there were components in some heaters that were corroding but 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. 

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 pools experts.