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The Pros and Cons of Saltwater Pools

The Pros and Cons of Saltwater Pools
If you're reading this, you’re probably debating whether or not to switch to a salt pool.  It's a common thing when you're starting out - when you've been using regular chlorine for years and it works, why switch?

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Well today, were going to be going over just that:  the pros and cons of owning a salt water pool.  Is it the right thing for you? Let’s take a dip and find out.

Most of you pool veterans out there started with traditional chlorine pools.  The salt pool market really didn’t take off till about 15 years ago when modern electronics really starting making these systems more dependable.  Now, with your traditional chlorine pools, the abundance of what you deal with is what?

Chemicals, right? 

Loads and loads of chlorine tablets, bottles of algaecide and liquid shock.  All of these being followed with a hefty price tag but there is in fact a way to eliminate the need for these chemicals while still delivering a safe method to sanitize the pool. 

This is where salt water systems come in.  It does everything chlorine, algaecide and shock can do by simply converting the salt molecules in the water into a safe and pure form of chlorine gas and it does all of this without leaving behind that nasty toxic smell you can get with traditional pools. So you get reduction is pool expenses, no harsh smells, reduction in maintenance, and water free of any irritants commonly brought in by chlorine tablets.

Now, of course with anything there is gonna be an upfront cost.  And in this case your average salt system will run you anywhere from $499 to $999 depending on your size pool but on average it should pay for itself within the first year. 
To keep the system going, you will have to maintain the right amount of salt in the pool.  Most pool owners spend about $20 a year on salt which can be picked up at your local home improvement store and the system will let you know when it’s time to add salt.  As far as maintenance goes, you do have to clean the cell.  We recommend this to be done at least twice a year.  Each process usually takes about 15 minutes. 

So let’s do a quick review and go over what we just learned. 

Pros for having a salt water pool
1.     Reduction in pool expenses
2.    Reduction in maintenance
3.    No harsh smell
4.     Water that does not irritate your skin or hurt your eyes

Cons for having a salt water pool
1.     Initial investment
2.    Heavy salt bags
3.     Have to clean the cell when it gets dirty
4.    Cell will need to eventually be replaced

If you’re ready to save money on chemicals and start enjoying your pool, or if you have more questions, just give give us a call - we look forward to hearing from you.

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