Choosing a Saltwater Pool for Your Backyard

30,Sep 2021

If you are thinking about converting your above-ground pool to salt, spring is a great time to get started! There are a variety of benefits to converting your above-ground pool to salt, from getting rid of harsh chemicals to easier maintenance. 

Before you purchase a saltwater system, it is crucial to understand how these pools work and the benefits they offer.

How Does a Saltwater Pool Work?

Saltwater pools produce natural chlorine using a process called electrolysis. The pool water is pushed through a salt cell, which causes the salt and the water to split into hypochlorous acid and hydrogen, which become chlorine. As the natural chlorine breaks down, it becomes salt again. 

What are the Benefits of Using a Saltwater Pool?

Take it Easy on Your Skin, Hair, and Eyes

In traditionally chlorinated pools, people may experience skin and eye irritations, dry hair, etc., caused by the chemicals. With a naturally chlorinated pool, you can avoid these irritations for a more comfortable swimming experience. 

Save Money on Maintenance

Above ground, saltwater pools are less expensive to maintain because a salt cell will typically last three to seven years before it requires replacement. Since you are using a salt cell, you no longer have to buy as many shock treatments as with a chlorine pool. You also can avoid buying chlorine tablets and liquid chlorine. 

Save Time on Maintenance

While saltwater pools are not maintenance-free, you can take more time between checks, allowing you to enjoy your pool more with less maintenance. With a chlorine pool, you are required to check the pH and chlorine levels every week, whereas you can wait every two weeks to check the levels in your saltwater pool. If you find the levels in your saltwater pool are off, you can just turn the dial on your salt system to adjust them. Shock is not required as often either unless there is heavy rain and your pool begins to form algae. 

What Are the Disadvantages of a Saltwater Pool?

More Expensive to Get Started

While they have less maintenance, saltwater pools are more expensive to install upfront. So if you are not converting your current above-ground pool, expect to pay more upfront for a saltwater pool installation. 

Possible Corrosion

As you may already know, salt is corrosive. If left without proper maintenance, the pool and the equipment can become corroded. Items like the shaft seal can have a shorter lifespan than in a chlorine pool due to the corrosion from the salt. 

Excessive Buildup

Rising pH levels can cause calcium scaling to build up on your salt cell, the pool, and pool equipment. Checking the levels frequently can help avoid this buildup. 

Should I Convert My Above Ground Pool to Saltwater?

Whether you want to convert an existing pool or have a saltwater pool installed, you can use these facts to help weigh your decision. Discuss your options with the professionals at Swimming Pool Discounters. Contact us today to learn more!