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Saltwater pools & spas (part one)

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Saltwater pools have become a popular alternative to traditional chlorine pools over the years, but a lot of people are still unsure of the differences, and there a few misconceptions on what a saltwater pool is. The biggest misconception people have about saltwater pools is that it’ll feel like you’re swimming in the ocean. This is not the case, as saltwater pools contain far less salt. The ppm (parts per million) of saltwater pools is only about 3000-4000. The ocean, on the other hand, has a salt content of about 35,000 ppm. So the salt content is much lower and won’t give you dry eyes, itchiness or the smell that can come from ocean swimming. The salinity level is similar to that of human tears, so you may vaguely taste it but nowhere near as harsh as you would with ocean water. The next is regarding chlorine. Chlorine is still present in a saltwater pool, except that the saltwater system is creating its own in you pool or spa. With a regular chlorine pool, you add chlorine tablets or liquid every week and have a high chlorine level for the first couple of days.  Then it balances out and is at a good level until it runs out again. A saltwater pool uses a device called a Chlorine Generator, which produces chlorine constantly, keeping the pool free of algae and bacteria. So your pool gets just the right amount of chlorine every day and you never have days where the chlorine level is too high or low to safely swim in. Some of the benefits are the feeling of the water and convenience of setting a dial. Your skin will feel smoother and less dried out after swimming, and you won’t have the negative effects of swimming in a pool with standard chlorination. One of the drawback to these pools is that salt is corrosive by nature, and if your pool’s chemistry is out of balance it can lead to dehydration of stone and other natural materials. Salt water can erode copper, so if you’re thinking of installing one to your existing pool, be sure to get the plumbing checked and re-plumbed if needed. These systems are not for very old pools with copper underground. If no plumbing or other additional work is needed, the cost is moderate; making the switch to saltwater will be from $1,200 to $1,800 for a good system. There are much less expensive systems on the market. But, as anything goes you get what you pay for. It is always best to oversize the system for your pool. The life of the cell is based on use. If you have a 15,000 gallon pool and you install a 40,000 gallon unit the cell operates on a lot less. This will extend the life of the cell. Stay tuned......

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Having trouble keeping the dreaded green away? Well just a few easy steps to find out why and solve your troubles. 

  1. Check your (FREE) chlorine. No, that's not chlorine your next door neighbor gave you. It is the chlorine that is free to kill all the stuff you don't want in your pool water. You should have a GOOD test kit that checks for free chlorine, total chlorine, pH, total alkalinity, acid demand, total hardness and for conditioner (stabilizer). Now you don't have to do all the test each week, just chlorine, pH and acid demand.
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