Salt Water Filtration Systems for your fiberglass pool.
Benefits of salt water pools
Salt water pools used to be the exception, but now they are becoming a widely accepted method of water treatment in swimming pools. A lot of builders are now making salt water systems standard on their new pools. Most equipment manufacturers have also become aware of the fact that salt water pools are not just a passing fad. They are here to stay.
Why have salt water pools become so popular?
In this author's opinion, most people who consider themselves "sensitive" or "allergic" to chlorine are not reacting to the chlorine at all. What is creating a problem is packaged pool chemicals and the additives and carriers in those chemicals. Those same swimmers who claim allergic reactions to chlorine, typically experience no problems when they are in a salt water pool. The answer isn't the absence of chlorine. Salt systems create their own chlorine. The answer is the absence of all the packaged chemicals and by-products in those chemicals.
What is the cost benefit of a salt water pool?
Most people do not buy a salt water pool system for the sole purpose of saving money. They buy it for the increased swimmer comfort. With that said, they do save quite a bit of money on pool chemicals, but it probably takes about 2-3 years before the system pays for itself. Here is the best rationale for buying a salt water system: People spend $25,000 and up to build a beautiful pool, so doesn't it just make sense to spend about $1000 on the water quality. After all, shouldn't the best thing about the pool be the water? In the end, you get what you pay for. A little money spent on the salt water system will allow the typical homeowner to enjoy their swimming experience so much more.
Salt Water Filtration FAQ's
Is this like swimming in the ocean?
No, the ocean has about 20,000 parts per million (ppm) of salt in the water, while a saltwater pool has only about 3000 parts per million salt. At 3000 ppm, you generally cannot even taste the salt. Any water under 6000 ppm is still considered fresh water. Your eye contains about 9000 ppm salt.
Is the pool water still blue?
Yes, since the salt water system creates chlorine, the water is still blue and also very clear. A salt system gives your pool the best water quality you have ever seen.
Can I install it with my existing pool equipment?
Yes, since the water is still considered fresh water, it is compatible with all standard pool equipment (pumps, filters, heaters, poolsweeps, etc.) If you have a stainless steel filter, check with the manufacturer. To our knowledge, the newer Pentair Nautilus Stainless Steel filters are the only ones not compatible with salt systems.
Does this soften the pool water?
es, and this is another benefit of the salt system. Many pool owners appreciate the soft feel of the water.
Where does the salt go?
We add granulated salt (looks a lot like table salt, but without any additives) to the pool according to manufacturers instructions. Most manufacturers recommend pouring it into the deep end of the pool, but read your directions carefully. The salt quickly dissolves in the pool water.
Will I save money?
The fact that you are not having to use packaged pool chlorine will save a significant amount of money in the long run. The REAL REASON to go with a saltwater pool system is because of the fantastic water quality. The money savings is just icing on the cake!