Congratulations, you’ve finally made the decision to have a swimming pool built in your Central Florida backyard. But with this comes many decisions. Their size and shape of the pool, design elements, and salt water or chlorine.
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Salt water swimming pools have become very popular in the last couple of years. The main difference between traditional pools and salt water is how they are sanitized.
Sanitizing Traditional Swimming Pools
Chlorine based products are used to sanitize traditional pools, with regular treatments. The cleaning agent, a form of hypochlorous acid, is dispensed through a chlorinator attached to the filtration system. It requires chlorine to be added on a regular basis, usually weekly or biweekly.
Sanitizing Salt Water Swimming Pools
Salt water pools work somewhat differently. The main components consist of a control box and salt cell, connected by two pieces of metal. Electrolysis occurs when an electric charge starting at the control box and goes through the metal pieces. As the water flows into the salt cell, the salt turns into a hypochlorous acid.
With the control box is the center of operations, it is very easy to operate. You can regulate how much salt enters the water. It also has a boost mode, which can ‘shock’ the pool, maximizing the salt output for a quick cleaning.
Benefits of a salt water system
Most people appreciate not having to deal with any chlorine. Salt water pools require less maintenance, you don’t have add that weekly or biweekly chlorine. After you add the initial salt, the control box does all the work.
What are the pros and cons to a salt water pool?
While the initial cost of a salt water system may be a little higher than the traditional chlorine, over time it will save time and money. You won’t have to pay for chlorine every month or take the time to add it to the pool.
While there is still chlorine in the salt water pools it is diluted. Which makes it easier on the skin, eyes, and bathing suits.