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To Salt or Not to Salt – Measuring Up on Salt Systems

Posted on: August 16th, 2012 by Dave 1 Comment

The recent trend shows more phone calls and inquiries about installing salt systems versus chlorine-based systems for swimming pools as a way to maybe reduce the use of chemicals and potentially save money.

How Salt Water Systems Work

Chlorine is still a part of the swimming pool with salt systems; it is just produced when water passes through a generator and enters the swimming pool. The sanitizing chlorine reverts back to salt, and the process starts all over again. This conserves the salt and balances the pool chemistry for sanitized water.

Here are some thoughts on salt systems for the swimming pool about their benefits and drawbacks.


Benefits of Salt Systems

Here are some key benefits:

  • No eye-burning or sting that comes from chlorine.
  • No chemical smell.
  • Soft water.
  • Gentle on skin and hair.
  • No purchase or storage of harsh chemicals.
  • Low maintenance for time and money savings.

Drawbacks of Salt Systems

There are other things to think about when it comes to saltwater systems:

  • You still need to test the water for chlorine and pH and undertake weekly maintenance.
  • There are some concerns that salt water could negatively impact the pool construction materials, structures, and decking if the salt is not maintained. More maintenance may be required in terms of rinsing everything off regularly and sealing all surfaces.
  • The system is not cheap and it does require new cells every five to seven years. Salt must also be purchased a few times each year so the costs are still there.
  • A salt system cannot be added to a pool system that has copper piping as it will eat away at the copper over time.


If you are interested in installing a salt system for your swimming pool, please contact us today for more information.

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