Saltwater inground pools are a popular alternative to regular chlorine-based pools. Because chlorine can cause skin or eye irritation, saltwater systems have emerged as an option for those that don’t want to handle or store large amounts of chlorine. It is important to note that a saltwater pool isn’t completely chlorine free. Instead, saltwater systems work through electrolysis to create chlorine which then disinfects your pool water.
How Saltwater Systems Work
The electrolysis process mentioned above occurs when a specific electrode is added to your plumbing system. When mildly salinated pool water comes into contact with the electrode, the electrical reaction produces chlorine. The salt added to your pool to sustain this ongoing process leaves your water with approximately one-tenth of the salinity level as the ocean. The result is chlorine that keeps your pool clean and a swim-friendly environment that boasts fewer irritations.
Several reasons people opt for inground saltwater pools includes:
- Gentle swimming conditions
- Softer-feeling water
- Not having to handle or store chlorine
- Less maintenance
3 Types of Salt
Most saltwater generators use one of three types of salt:
Solar Salt – Derived from ocean water that’s been evaporated by the sun, this type of salt contains impurities that can make your filter system work harder.
Mechanically Evaporated Salt – Also derived from ocean water, this form of salt is produced through a heat generation process that enables organic matter to be burned out before use.
Mined Salt – This type of salt is considered the most pure and is extracted directly from the ground.
If you are weighing the benefits of a saltwater system, give our team a call today. We can discuss your pool specifics and give informed advice!