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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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Do You Have a Break in Your Sewer Line?

Unless a homeowner is a plumbing professional or has taken time to specifically learn about plumbing issues, it can be difficult to know when your home has a potentially serious plumbing problem.

One such issue is a breaking or broken sewer line. If you begin to notice the following issues around your home, it’s a good idea to take those signs seriously to prevent further or severe damage.

Easily clogged drains. While every home is bound to deal with clogged drains every now and then, drains that consistently clog in various areas of the home–even after attempts to clear them–could be a good sign that it’s time to call a professional to do some investigative work.

Slow draining sinks, tubs, dishwasher, etc. If you’ve previously cleared a sink or tub drain and it continues to drain slowly, or worse, it stops draining altogether, it may be time to call a professional.

 Soggy spots on your lawn. When a pipe in your sewer line breaks, the water will escape into the surrounding soil, thus creating a wet spot in your lawn. If you step into the wet area, it sometimes will make a “squish” sound.

Increase in your water bill. An average home’s water bill may fluctuate $10-15 dollars a month. However, if you find that your water bill has increased significantly and you have no specific reason to point to, it’s worth having a professional explore the issue.

Foul odors. If you are noticing frequent sewer gas odor in your home, it’s likely you have a problem, especially if the odor is combined with any of the above signs.

Are you breathing a sigh of relief, or have these items confirmed that you may have an issue? If it’s the latter, don’t wait to call a professional. Especially with plumbing and sewer lines, it’s much easier to fix a small problem before it becomes a bigger problem resulting mold or pest problems.

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Have more questions? Call us—we’d love to help! Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day. If water runs through it – We Do It!