Summer’s sweet! Poolside leisure, the kids joyful splashing, and evening entertainment with friends. Is there anything better than hanging by the pool in beautiful B.C.?!
Salt water chlorination is gaining popularity. It’s easily installed in indoor and outdoor home pools. Salt water chlorination systems involve adding salt to your pool water, then circulating the pool water through an electric chlorine generator which converts the dissolved salt to chlorine.
If you have a home pool and you’ve thought about converting it to salt water, here’s what to think about:

The Advantages

  • Salt water is less harsh on your skin, hair, and bathing suits than tablet chlorination (and it’s milder than ocean salt levels, too!)
  • Salt water swimming is refreshing and is perceived to have health and healing benefits
  • You don’t have to buy chlorine tablets or granules anymore (saving money and hassle)
  • Salt water pools are easier to maintain
  • No more chlorine odor
  • Swimmers prone to respiratory problems report less triggers with salt water chlorination
  • Vinyl liner or resin pool components won’t react to the salt content

Any Disadvantages?

  • Salt water conversion doesn’t eliminate chlorine, it is simply produced through a different means
  • You still need to monitor the pH level and alkalinity to maintain pool balance and safety
  • Up-front installation expense is required
  • Salt is corrosive and can accumulate — you’ll need to inspect regularly for corrosion
  • Like chlorinated water, salt water can cause eye irritation and shouldn’t be ingested
  • You may need to drain your pool before converting
  • Metal pool equipment (including inground galvanized walls) may rust if exposed to salt water

Ready to Call the Pool Experts at Deckside?

Call the home pool experts at Deckside Pool & Spa in Penticton for more information on a salt water pool conversion or installation today.