Escape the “chlorine routine”

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Apr 26, 2011 1:10:00 AM

Salt systems provide a kinder, gentler way to sanitize pool water

—Part 1 of 2

Imagine never having to add liquid or tablet chlorine to your new pool or remodel!

With today’s state-of-the-art sanitizing systems, it is easier than ever to enjoy healthy, pristine, pool water every day without the usual fuss, expense, or aggravating side effects from old-fashioned chlorine.

One popular purification system creates what is commonly referred to as a “saltwater pool.” To achieve a saltwater pool, a salt generator or sanitizer is used.

Here’s how it works: By converting natural salt through a microprocessor-based electrolytic generator, an absolutely pure, incredibly efficient, non-liquid form of chorine is produced. And since the sanitizer is integrated into the pool’s plumbing systems, you can count on immediate, consistent, uniform dispersion throughout the water.

Don’t worry: Your water will be nothing like the salty ocean. For comparison, the amount of salt in your pool will range from about 2500 to 4000 PPM (parts per million). In seawater, the salt is about 35,000 PPM.

With a salt system, you will not have to buy, store, or mix toxic off-the-shelf chlorine. No more trips to the pool supply shop to purchase chlorine.

Better yet, and you will not have to contend with the undesirable side effects from the build up of chlorine by-products. You and your family will appreciate the results of their absence in a number of ways.

With such even, thorough distribution, the salt system’s output is not subject to the unhealthy highs and lows of chlorine levels that occur with the liquid and tablet form of the chemical. Virtually pH-neutral, the output helps neutralize calcium as well—resulting in water that’s remarkably silky soft on your skin.

Along with a consistently gentle swimming environment, you won’t have to worry about stinging red eyes, dry itchy skin, and irritation in your nose that are common with traditionally chlorinated pools.

Water in a pool with a salt system won’t dry out and discolor hair and swim suits. It will not wreak havoc on the lifespan of manicures, hair perms and color treatments, and results from skin bronzers and sunless tanning products.

Bottom line: A salt system may cost more upfront, but will pay off in ongoing savings and a healthier, more comfortable swimming environment.

Next: Part 2 of 2 - Picking a system and special considerations

Topics: Equipment/Technology, Purification