Salt water pool installation

 Pool builders working on a pool
The push for eco friendly and natural products has touched every consumer product from clothing to automobiles, and you can be sure that swimming pool installation is also affected. Many pool owners are trying to gain provide a healthy swimming system that is best for their family. Most frequently, we receive a lot of questions that revolve around salt-water pools versus chlorine free pools. It is important to understand that salt-water pools are NOT chlorine free.

A salt-water pool utilizes a chlorine generator, as opposed to the most common systems that require the addition of chlorine into the water. Chlorine generators are not new technology, the actually have been around for decades. We are experiencing a surge in interest in chlorine generators because of consumer demand for “natural” swimming systems, and because technology and materials have evolved, making chlorine generators that are greatly improved.

What is a chlorine generator?

The main function of chlorine generators is to produce chlorine for the pool so that you do not need to purchase, store, or handle chlorine. This is a major incentive for many pool owners to convert to chlorine generators. When they function properly, the continuously produce safe levels of chlorine when the pump is running. This produces a level of chlorine in the pool that will help prevent algae from growing. It is crucial that pool owners keep the cell free of calcium and mineral deposits. This is because the cell is comprised of precious metals that must be maintained in order to continue to make chlorine. The chlorine is formed through the process of electrolysis, which happens when water passes over the chlorine generator cell, producing chlorine, which is instantaneously transformed into Hypochlorous acid.

Hypochlorous acid

Recalling basic high school chemistry, chlorine is a catalyst, and when added to water it makes hypochlorous acid; which is the active sanitizer in your pool. Hypochlorous acid kills algae and other harmful stuff in the water. It is only effectiveness when the water conditions are balanced. This is why it is important to maintain proper pH. Therefore, salt water systems still require fastidious oversight of your pool water chemistry. As long as you do this, chlorine generators are amazingly effective.

The use of salt water

We all consider salt water in the ocean to be distasteful. That is because ocean water has a salt content of around 35,000 parts per million. We humans have a salt taste threshold of around 3,500 parts per million. Chlorine generators require a salt content ranging from 2500 to 6000 ppm. Ask your Charlotte pool company about units that produce less than 3500 ppm.

Swimming in such a mild saline solution can be compared to taking a shower in soft water. One of the most common complaints for non-chlorine generator swimming pools is that swimmers feel like their skin becomes dry upon exiting the pool. Many actually feel and/or see residual chlorine flaking, on the skin. Salt-water pools tend to leave swimmers feeling more refreshed.

One of the best pool builders in Charlotte, NC

Carolina Pool Plastering offers many services to repair and remodel your pool, and the surrounding areas. Be sure to ask them about their many options and ideas for spas. They can help you with inspired ideas that will create a pool with enticing comfort zones, and extend your entertainment space. A swimming pool can only increase the value of your home or business. To learn more about swimming pool installation or maintenance, contact Carolina Pool Plastering, in Charlotte, NC.


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