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 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 created the first health resort there.
And now you can essentially bring the Dead Sea right into your backyard. Well, sort of.
A saltwater pool 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 has a salt content of 35,000 parts per million (ppm), where a saltwater pool 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! Instead of homeowners manually adding chlorine to the swimming pool, a generator in the pool uses a process called electrolysis to break down the salt (sodium chloride) 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 generator in the saltwater swimming pool actually creates the necessary chemicals itself but in lower quantities.
In addition to the cool science behind this pool system, it can also offer plenty of benefits to homeowners. Here are the salt water 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 a saltwater swimming pool system more gentle on your eyes and less drying to your skin. The water has a silkier feel, too.
(Of course, a saltwater pool also carries the same benefits as a traditional chlorinated pool, including a low-impact, therapeutic workout!)
And 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 this type of pool is far lower than a traditional backyard swimming 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’ heavy pool use.
And because you won’t have to add concentrated chlorine, this pool system is better for the environment.
#3: Simpler maintenance
The ease of caring for a saltwater swimming pool may be its biggest benefit. One of Neave Pools’ swimming pool professionals, Kris Schmitt, often likens these pools to driving with cruise control. As long as you keep the salt regulated in your swimming pool, the chemical balances pretty much take care of themselves.
Of course, despite those low-maintenance benefits of installing a salt water pool 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 the pool clean.
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 swimming pool or building from scratch. And when we’re done with the installation, we can work with you to create a swimming pool maintenance 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 the handy web form on this page, and we’ll get in touch with you to schedule a complimentary swimming pool consultation.
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