Thursday, February 28, 2019

Saltwater or Chlorine Swimming Pool?

Homeowners who are thinking about having a pool builder install a pool on their property have much to consider even before the first shovelful of earth is turned over. Among them is whether they are going to fill their pool with saltwater or water that’s chlorinated. Here are benefits and drawbacks to both:

Chlorine
Chlorine is a gas and a rather nasty one. It is one of the halogens, which means it is an “unhappy” atom that rips electrons from other molecules. This is why chlorine is such a powerful disinfectant: it directly attacks a contaminant and destroys it.

Chlorine’s power is part of its most significant disadvantage, for it attacks skin and eyes as well as bacteria. People with sensitive skin and eyes can find swimming in a chlorinated pool irritating, especially if the pool owner has added a bit more chlorine bleach than is necessary. One way to guard against skin irritation is to put on lotion before jumping into the water, shower off after the swim and toss the bathing suit into the laundry. Despite its reputation for doing so, chlorine doesn’t turn blond hair green. That’s the fault of minerals in the water, especially copper. However, chlorine can dry hair out and make it look dull.

The advantages of chlorine bleach for pools are many. It’s easy to find in stores that sell pool supplies. Despite the violence with which it goes after bacteria, chlorine doesn’t damage the pool’s components such as the pump or the liner. It prolongs their working lives by getting rid of pathogens that would eat away at them.

Saltwater
First, saltwater pools still use chlorine, but they don’t use as much as freshwater pools. Someone figured out that adding a little bit of chlorine to saltwater produces hypochlorous acid, which is very useful in killing bacteria.

The advantage of a saltwater pool is that it is gentler to the skin and eyes than a chlorinated pool. Indeed, a person can open their eyes in a saltwater pool and not feel like they’re being tugged out with hot pincers.

The biggest drawback of a saltwater pool is its salt content, which will eat away at most of the pool’s components, including its pump, lines, filter, and lining. A saltwater pool owner should prepare themselves for having to repair or replace elements of their pool earlier than they want to. Not only this, installing a pump and generator for a saltwater pool is expensive, and parts still break down earlier than they would in a chlorinated pool.

In the end, a chlorinated pool does have advantages over a saltwater pool. It is less expensive to install, it lasts longer, and most people are familiar with chlorinated pools. A person who is in the market for a new home may overlook one with a saltwater pool merely because they’re not sure how to maintain it.

Call Hopkins Custom Pools
Whether you want a saltwater or chlorinated pool, don’t hesitate to call us, the premier pool builder in Dallas. Our number is (972) 771-1892 or (903) 881-7018.

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