The Pros and Cons of Saltwater Pools

The Pros and Cons of Saltwater Pools

If you have decided to take the plunge and have a pool installed, you might be wondering if you should opt for a saltwater or chlorine system.

The saltwater system was invented in Australia over 50 years ago and is gaining in popularity. It is as efficient as a chlorinated pool.

But, when you swim in the ocean, you find the water to be too salty, no? Don’t worry: the salt concentration in ocean water is twelve times that of a saltwater system pool. There are, as a matter of fact, certain models offering even lower levels.

It’s Many Appealing Benefits

Salt-based filtration systems have features that make them highly valued by many homeowners. For example:

  • Pure chlorine can irritate the skin, eyes, and hair as well as damage swimsuits; these problems are non-existent with a saltwater pool.
  • After your swim, you won’t stink of chlorine for the rest of the day.
  • It is, moreover, the eco-friendlier option. It must be noted, however, that saltwater pools also contain chlorine since it naturally occurs in salt. Nevertheless, in this form, it is far less harmful than pure chlorine, to you and the environment. Using salt to sanitize the water is therefore a much gentler method!
  • Since there are no toxic chemicals to handle, it is far safer.
  • People usually decide on a saltwater pool because it requires less maintenance than a chlorinated pool. For example, you won’t have to add any salt during the summer unless you must likewise top up the pool’s water level because the kids have been particularly boisterous and splashed out a noticeable amount. The salt levels only need to be checked about twice a month to ensure they remain adequate while daily tests are recommended for chlorinated pool. 

A Few Drawbacks

Buying a saltwater pool is not typically less expensive than buying a chlorinated pool.

However, you must pay for and maintain the salt chlorine generator. Plus, the electricity costs will be higher as the generator must be allowed to run 18 to 24 hours a day.

Another disadvantage is that saltwater systems are incompatible with steel pools or those with metal railings that are prone to rusting. This is likewise the case with fully stainless-steel pools, a new type of luxury pool still relatively uncommon in Quebec. The pool should also be installed with built-in steps to avoid having a metal ladder that could potentially cause corrosion.


You now have all the information you need to choose which kind of filtration system is the best for you. Happy end of swimming season! 

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