The Benefits of a Salt Water Pool - Part One
1-4 Salt Water Pool Benefits You Should Know About
When people hear the phrase “salt water pool”, many of them picture a pool filled with ocean water. But in reality, the salt in salt water pools is hardly detectable to humans — smell or taste. This is due to the fact that salt water pools, or rather salt water generators, use a small amount of salt to produce chlorine.
And if you’re reading this post, then you’re probably thinking about building a salt water pool or installing a salt water generator into your current setup. If so, you came to the right place.
1.) Higher quality chlorine
Unlike traditional pools, salt water pools use a natural, salt-based form of chlorine. Instead of adding chemical chlorine to your pool, a salt water generator sanitizes your pool through a process known as electrolysis. This process relies on the salt cell, the salt supply for the generator, and produces a gentler and more effective form of chlorine.
2.) Uses a small amount of salt
Despite having the word “salt” right in their name, salt water pools don’t actually use all that much salt. As mentioned earlier, the salt water generator, which produces the chlorine, uses a salt cell. The cell acts as the “chemical” supply.
But the amount of salt needed to produce chlorine is quite low.
3,000 ppm low. Compare that to the ocean’s salt content at over 30,000 ppm, and it’s to see why the actual taste of salt can’t be detected in a salt water pool.
3.) Softer water
Since the chlorine in a salt water pool doesn’t include harsh chemicals, it produces water that is softer and silkier to the touch. In the same light, the water is much gentler on the skin and eyes, and far less likely to cause irritation, unlike traditional chlorine.
It’s also said that a salt water pool benefits swimmers on a physical level by smoothing and gently exfoliating skin. Nowhere near the level of ocean water, but you’ll still notice a difference.
For swimmers affected by chlorine allergies, a salt water pool is a perfect solution. While traditional chlorine can cause itchy throats, irritated eyes, and some of the worse sniffles imaginable, salt water pools can help deter most allergens.
Usually, it’s the presence of harsh chemicals in regular chlorine that triggers allergic reactions for swimmers. But since salt water pools don’t use chemical based chlorine, they’re far more hypoallergenic.
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