|My Pool Oasis|
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.
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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.
What's Lurking in Your PoolI 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.
|Back dive or half twist, diving into a healthy pool is fun!|