How Do Saltwater Pools Work?

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Saltwater pools are becoming increasingly popular due to the many benefits they offer over traditional chlorine pools. If you’re wondering how they work, we’re here to help! In this blog post, we’ll go over the basics of saltwater pool maintenance and answer some common questions people have about them.

How Do Saltwater Pools Work?

They work by using a process called electrolysis to generate chlorine. This is done by passing an electric current through salt water, which causes the salt to break down into chlorine and other chemicals. The chlorine then kills bacteria and other contaminants in the water, keeping it clean and safe to swim in.

The salt level stays relatively consistent in the pool water, so you only have to add small amounts as time goes by, requiring less continual adjusting than a traditional chlorine method. You may also have to occasionally add a small amount of chlorine or shock your pool to regain proper pH balance. 

Commonly Asked Questions

As they have become more popular, more people have had questions about them and how they work. Here are answers to some common questions people have about saltwater pools:

Do They Use Chlorine?

Yes, they use chlorine, but the process is different than in a traditional pool. In a saltwater pool, an electric current is used to break down the salt into chlorine, which then cleans the water.

Can Saltwater Pools Turn Hair Green?

They can turn hair green if the pH balance is not properly maintained. This can happen in both saltwater and chlorine pools, but it’s more common in saltwater pools because the chlorine levels are lower. If you notice your hair turning green, adjust the pH balance and consult a professional if the problem persists.

Are They Better or Safer Than Chlorine Pools?

They are not necessarily better or safer than chlorine pools, but they do offer some benefits. Because they use an electric current to generate chlorine, there is less of it in the water, which can be better for your skin and hair. They also tend to have less of a chlorine smell than chlorine pools.

Are Saltwater Pools More Expensive Than Chlorine Pools?

They can be more expensive to set up than chlorine pools, but they require less maintenance over time. You’ll need to add salt to the pool periodically, but you won’t have to buy and store chlorine to add each day.

How Salty Are They?

The amount of salt in a saltwater pool is about one-tenth the amount of salt in seawater. You shouldn’t be able to taste the salt in the water, and it shouldn’t irritate your skin or eyes.

Reach Out To Pool Icons For More Information

If you’re considering switching to a saltwater pool or have any questions about them, reach out to the professionals at Pool Icons today! We’ll be happy to help you find the perfect pool for your home and answer any questions you have. Give us a call to get started!