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Is There a Downside to Salt Water Pools?

 

Are you considering building a salt water pool at your home? If you are, you’re not alone. Thousands of homeowners are now enjoying the aesthetic benefits of salt-water pools that were traditionally reserved for guests of luxury spas and resorts. While there are many pros to installing a salt water pool, there are a few things that you need to consider before taking the plunge.

While chlorinated pools can get a bad rap for being high maintenance, the reality is that because you control the amount of chlorine going into your pool, you have greater control over the end result – especially when you have sanitization issues. If your salt water pool does have any sanitization issues (such as after a party), it will more likely require the help of a professional to rectify the situation.

Further, the upfront costs of a salt water pool are without question more expensive, but many owners rationalize that expense with the fact that their ongoing expense of chlorine is eliminated. That said, some argue that owners can recoup their costs in the absence of not having to buy chlorine.

And don’t forget the electricity required. While all pools require pumps, a salt water pool’s life is dependent on salt chlorinators, which require additional electricity. Last but not least, many homeowners report that the salt water, though estimated at 1/10 the salinity of ocean water, has a tendency to damage other pool accessories such as the pool liner, underwater lighting fixtures and even the masonry.

While there are definitely reasons to install a saltwater pool, a chlorinated pool may be more suited to you and your family. Alternately, you may decide to join the throngs of those who are installing salt water pools in their backyards.  Read more about saltwater vs chlorinated pools here.

Either way, a new pool is definitely something you and your family can enjoy for years to come. Enjoy!!

 

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