For centuries, health enthusiasts and tourists alike have been flocking to the Dead Sea, the lowest, saltiest point on Earth. Beach-goers love floating right on top of the pool water effortlessly. Patients with psoriasis enjoy sunbathing therapy with fewer harmful UV rays.
Heck, even in biblical days it was a real hot spot. King David sought refuge there, and King Herod the Great loved the salt cells so much that he created the first health resort there.
And now you can essentially bring the Dead Sea right into your backyard with the benefits of saltwater pool systems. Well, sort of.
How Do Swimming Pool Saltwater Systems Work?
A saltwater system is bursting in popularity with homeowners, but of course, it is actually nothing like having the Dead Sea just outside your back door — or any natural body of saltwater.
The ocean water has a salt content of 35,000 parts per million (ppm), where a salt system contains less than 3,500 ppm of salt. Still, that salt content allows for a much lower concentration of chlorine, as well as a lower-maintenance pool overall.
The technology behind a saltwater pool system is amazing! With traditional chlorinated pools, pool owners manually add chlorine tablets or liquid to the swimming pool, but with saltwater pools, a generator in the pool uses a process called electrolysis to break down the salt chlorination in the water into sodium hypochlorite and hypochlorous acid, the same chemicals used in traditional chlorine pools.
Bottom line: Instead of adding chlorine to your pool, a saltwater pool actually creates the necessary water chemistry itself but in lower quantities.
How does a Pool Salt System Benefit You?
In addition to the cool science behind this saltwater pool system, it can also offer plenty of benefits to homeowners. Here are the saltwater pool benefits and a few reasons why you should invest:
#1: Easier enjoyment
No, you won’t automatically float in your saltwater swimming pool. You won’t find your psoriasis or osteoarthritis cured. But you will find saltwater pools more gentle on your eyes and less drying to your skin than traditionally chlorinated pools. The water has a silkier feel, too.
(Of course, an inground pool with a saltwater chlorine generator also carries the same benefits as a traditional chlorinated pool, including a low-impact, therapeutic workout!)
With a salt chlorine generator, you’ll never have to handle concentrated chlorine yourself, which eliminates the health risks that pool chemicals can carry.
#2: Fewer chemicals
As mentioned above, the chlorine content of a saltwater pool is far lower than a traditional backyard pool. Less chlorine means that strong pool odor won’t be an issue. It means no more bleached swimsuits and no more kids’ hair turning green after a few weeks’ of heavy pool use in chlorinated water.
And because you won’t have to add concentrated chlorine, this saltwater pool system is better for the environment.
#3: Simpler maintenance
The ease of caring for a saltwater pool may be its biggest benefit. One of Neave Pools’ swimming pool professionals, Kris Schmitt, often likens saltwater pools to driving with cruise control. As long as you keep the salt level regulated in your pool, the chemical balances pretty much take care of themselves.
Of course, despite those low-maintenance benefits of installing a saltwater system, these pools definitely aren’t one-hundred percent maintenance free! You will still need to monitor the pool’s salt and chlorine levels and keep it clean with regular pool sanitization.
Saltwater pool installation in New York and Connecticut
Thinking of installing a saltwater pool system in your backyard? The swimming pool professionals at Neave Pools can help, whether you’re converting your traditional chlorine pool or building from scratch. And when we’re done with the installation, we can work with you to create a swimming pool servicing plan, too.
If you’re in Hudson Valley, call 845-463-0592. Westchester, call 914-271-7996. Cold Spring, call 845-463-0592, and in Connecticut, call 203-212-4800. Or fill out our contact form, and we’ll get in touch with you to schedule a complimentary pool consultation.