Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Pool Savings - Healthy Solutions

Salt Water Pool
My Pool Oasis
We are in the thick of Summer and I am sure a lot of you are thinking it's time for some pool fun.  Some of you may have pools and some of you are thinking that you need to get one.  As for my family, we do have a pool and I don't know what we would do without it.  Our teenage girls are fishes and pretty much live in it all summer along with all their friends.

When we first decided to build a pool my husband Phil searched through a lot of information on regular chlorine pools and the new rave of salt water swimming pools.  As for me I just wanted something that didn't turn all our hair green or leave our skin feeling starchy and smelly.  So of course I said a salt water pool all the way.  I really didn't know if it was better for us, all I knew is that my hair wouldn't look like the Wicked Witch of the West by the end of summer.

pool for you
Who wants to go swimming?!
With all of Phil’s research we decided to go with the salt water pool mainly because he is a penny pincher and this was the cheaper route plus the benefit of lower swimming pool maintenance.  In addition to big savings, we also discovered this was a healthy pool solution for a family who swims all summer long.  Our choice of swimming pool water means my family has green free hair, soft skin, and every now and then we get a taste of salt that makes us feel like we are at the ocean.  Plus Phil doesn’t have to work too hard to keep it looking crisp and clean.

Salt Water Pool Information and Supplies
The original set up was about $400 (we have a 30,000 gallon pool), which paid for the salt water system and the 12 bags of salt which lasts all summer.  We built our pool six years ago and since then the cost of a salt water system has almost doubled, but it is still worth it since you are not always having to go buy chlorine.  The generator actually regulates the chlorine through the salt that you initially add in the beginning and keeps the pool’s chemicals balanced.  So instead of having to check the pools chemicals everyday and constantly maintain it; the generator does it for you.  The generator has its own little brain that thinks for you.  The salt level has to be between 1600-2400 parts per million and if it isn't, the generator will let you know if it is too high or too low.

healthy Pools
Marco....Polo....pool fun.

What's Lurking in Your Pool

I have to admit that I never checked into the health aspects of a salt water pool until after we built one. Then I started to wonder what the effect of chlorine in the water does to you and can chlorine cause any health issues?  I decided to look into the health benefits of salt over traditional chlorine pools.  I found out that both salt and chlorine pools disinfect and kill the germs that naturally occur.  The difference is that in a chlorine pool the levels of chlorine are harder to keep under control and this can cause germs and bacteria to form more quickly if the levels aren’t maintained correctly.  Traditional chlorinated pools also have a lot more chemicals then a salt water pool.  With a salt water pool you have the salt generator to maintain it at all times and you are less vulnerable to having unwanted germs in your pool.  The generator keeps a steady and continuous supply of chlorine flowing through the pool which keeps the chlorine levels at the recommended amount.  If they aren’t maintained you will definitely know.  Have you ever been in a pool and all of a sudden your eyes start stinging and then they become blurry or the odor of chlorine is so bad that you want out?  These are big signs that the pools chlorine levels are out of whack and chemicals are on overdrive. Studies at Southern Illinois University School showed that swimmers who have been in a poorly chlorinated pool have had asthma like symptoms, lung irritation, red irritated eyes, and skin rashes.  Once I read that, I knew we made the right decision on going with the salt water pool.  

I hope this helps you choose the right pool for you.  If you are looking to save on pools, then salt water pools are for you.  You will also have a healthy pool and have huge chemical savings down the road.

For us, it is so nice to have a refreshing plunge in the heat of the day into a pool that is odorless, clear, and free of unwanted harsh chemicals and germs.  We definitely have a healthy and fun pool that everyone can enjoy. 
Pool Fun
Back dive or half twist, diving into a healthy pool is fun!


  1. What a great looking swimming pool! Salt water pools offer a silky smoothe pool water that can't be beat. It's great that swimmer's don't have to worry about itchy eyes or irritated skin with a salt water swimming pool.
    -PoolGear Plus

  2. The pool looks beautiful... Its a great way to shrug away the heat when the summers are at it peak..Wonderful concept!

  3. The new salt water pool systems are great, as they monitor and clean themselves.You also do not have the obnoxious little floater in your pool all the time with salt.
    Both systems generate Disinfection By Products (DBP). Both systems are very climate dependent and also vary based on pool usage.

  4. Nice article!Most people are unaware that today they have options when it comes to what type of water you have in your swimming pool. Many people just assume that chlorine is their only option, but nowadays salt water swimming pools are becoming all the more popular. The bathing experience in a salt water system is also proven to feel more natural than traditional chlorine treated pools and is softer on the skin..

  5. The Saltwater pools are cheaper to maintain. No need to buy liquid chlorine and slug it home from the store. You do not have the harmful effects of chlorine, i.e., eating elastics out of your suits, friendly to dyed hair, excellent for light skin disorders. Your hair is softer, as saltwater is used as a water-softening salt.

  6. The salt water pools looks so beautiful..These pools are also great exercise for everyone instead of vegging inside to avoid the heat.

  7. These are big signs that the pools chlorine levels are out of whack and chemicals are on overdrive. Studies at Southern Illinois University School showed that swimmers who have been in a poorly chlorinated pool have had asthma like symptoms, lung irritation, red irritated eyes, and skin rashes.

  8. saltwater pool is best option as they are cheap and not use harmful chemicals like chlorine. same like ozone systems is also alternate solution to chlorine and ozone water has many health benefit also.

  9. Yes, this is the most exciting part of the year. Dipping into clear waters and to beat the heat of the summer. I would love my kids to try these but I just wanted to suggest some pool gate tampa for their safety, actually for everybody's safety.

  10. It is good to learn more about healthy solutions so that we can prevent extra charges from things that are not necessary. I want to buy pool chlorinators online for my new kiddy pool so that I will not find it hard to maintain it regularly.

  11. You helped me choose the right pool for my house. Now, I just need to buy glass pool fencing Perth so I can help my husband finish our pool.

  12. Salt water swimming pool is very beneficial because it adds the chlorine to the pool for you. Water is much softer and you won't have any harsh chemical smells to deal with.It also reduces the work of adding more harsh chemicals into the Pool.