Salt Water Swimming Pools – Chlorine Free
One of the nicest things about swimming in the ocean is how soft the water feels, especially in the warmer latitudes. There’s no chlorine smell or sting on your skin either. Swimming pools, hot tubs, and spas can also be filled and operated with salt water, using a slightly different technique to sanitize the water. With a salt water pool, there is the added advantage of not having to deal with harsh chemicals like chlorine or bromine. Specialty Pools can design an incredible salt water pool that delivers all the benefits you’re looking for.
How does a salt water pool work?
Salt water pools use the process of electrolysis, a procedure where an electrical current produces a chemical reaction. Adding common salt (NaCl) to the pool on an occasional basis makes it possible for the chlorine generator, where the electrolysis takes place, to be able to supply a constant and steady stream of sanitizer into the water supply.
When salt water is run through the chlorine generator, the electrolysis process produces hypochlorous acid (HClO) and sodium hypochlorite (NaClO) from the salt dissolved in the water; and they are actually the agents used to chlorinate swimming pools. Even though the ideal salinity of a salt water pool is only about one tenth that of ocean water, it is enough to keep generating the sanitizing chemicals, keeping the water crystal clear.
Salt Water Pool Benefits
- Salt water pools are cheaper to maintain on a regular basis just due to the cost of salt being so much lower than that of chlorine or bromine.
- Regular monitoring of the water chemistry is necessary no matter what method of chlorination is used, but less is usually needed with a salt water system.
- Salt water swimming pools are gentler on the skin and eyes because they produce less chlorine without sacrificing water purity.
- Salt water is softer than chlorinated water and many owners find it actually feels softer.
How is a salt water pool system different?
They are slightly more expensive to build, mainly because the equipment is slightly more expensive to maintain or replace. Since salt is corrosive, it eventually damages the chlorine generator to where it must be replaced.
Since salt itself is a corrosive substance, bathing suits and hair should be rinsed thoroughly after swimming. Decks and furniture should also be hosed down occasionally to prevent damage from the salt.
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We can design, build, and maintain your salt-water pool. Now is the time to enjoy the benefits of salt water swimming, so call or contact us today.