Known to offer a healthier, more comfortable environment for swimming, saltwater pools have surged in popularity over the past several years. If you currently have a traditional chlorine pool, you may be wondering whether it is worthwhile to convert your pool to saltwater—and if so, what the process would entail. The good news is that making the switch to saltwater is easier than you might expect, and the professionals at Aqua Pool & Patio are here to help!
The benefits of converting your chlorine pool to saltwater
If you’ve ever had the unpleasant experiences of stinging eyes or sinuses, dry and irritated skin, or discolored hair or bathing suits after swimming in a pool, you’re probably aware that chlorine—while necessary to properly clean pool water—can be very harsh. For many homeowners, saltwater pools offer the perfect solution.
Saltwater pools do not require added chlorine—instead, they use a system called a “salt chlorine generator” to transform salt into chlorine, thereby sanitizing the water as needed. Due to the way this system works, saltwater pools tend to contain much less chlorine, at more stable levels, than traditional pools. As a result, many people find the water in saltwater pools to be smoother, softer, less irritating, and more enjoyable. In addition, saltwater pools can help you save on maintenance costs over time since they require fewer added chemicals.
How to convert your pool to saltwater
At Aqua Pool, we routinely help our customers convert their chlorine pools to saltwater. The process may involve the following steps:
- Testing and balancing the pool water. It is generally not necessary to drain your pool when converting it to saltwater, but it is important to test the current levels of chlorine, pH, alkalinity, calcium hardness, cyanuric acid (stabilizer), heavy metals, and salt, and then make any adjustments needed.
- Adding pool-grade salt to achieve the desired concentration.
- Choosing and installing the right salt chlorine generator system for your pool.
- Running the pool pump for several hours in order to circulate the water and dissolve the salt.
*NOTE: Saltwater pools are not compatible with stainless steel pool filters. Call and speak with one of our representatives to discuss filter replacements if your filter is stainless steel.
Once your new saltwater pool system is up and running, Aqua Pool can also help with ongoing maintenance to ensure that chemical levels remain balanced for maximum comfort. If you currently have a traditional chlorine pool and are ready to start enjoying the benefits of saltwater, contact us today at (860) 623-9886!