We at Morton believe that the right salt makes all the difference, but we recognize sometimes you may be a in a pinch. If you can’t get the right salt for the job, here are some of the next best options:
The Great Pool Debate: Salt Water vs. Chlorine
Chlorine pools are much cheaper at the onset than saltwater pools, but they are somewhat harder to take care of in the long run. The pH balance in a chlorine pool is not consistent and will need vigilance to keep it maintained. When you have your pool installed, a maintenance list will come with it. Take a sample of your water to the pool supply store and you are sure to get a list of chemicals needed to keep the water in the pool clean and safe. In order for the chlorine to be effective, there are some other things you have to keep an eye on. The pH should be between 7.2 and 7.6, alkalinity between 100 and 150 parts per million and calcium at 200-300 parts per million. All of these figures will require careful and ongoing additions of various chemicals so depending on how perfect you want your pool water and how often your swimming may neutralize the sanitizing effects, the costs can add up.
First and foremost I think that it is important to understand that the salt in a saltwater pool is there to create chlorine. But wait a minute, you may be thinking that the salt replaces the chlorine which is what makes the pool more healthy to swim in. Well if that is what you are thinking I am sorry but you have been misinformed. A “saltwater pool” is not much different from a regular chlorine treated pool. To give you a better understanding lets go through the process that a chlorine treated pool undertakes. First after filling your pool with water you will have to add some pool shock. This is basically chlorine that gets directly poured into the pool. Next the water flows through the skimmers, and main drains and enters the pump. From there is is forced through the filter where the majority of debris is removed. Next it will either flow through the heating element like the gas heater or heat pump, and finally through what is known as a chlorinator. Some systems may not have a chlorinator but many pools being built have them today. This is an in line chlorine feeder. It is plumbed into the system, and chlorine tablets are placed inside so that when the water passes through it becomes rich with chlorine. The chlorine is what sanitizes the pool and keeps it clean and healthy for swimmers. Now like anything else in this world, excess can have a different effect. Too much chlorine in the pool can cause itchy skin, burning eyes, rashes, and other types of skin related issues. It can also damage the pool liner if left unbalanced for too long. This is why it is very important to maintain proper water chemistry at all times. If the water chemistry is spot on then a lot of these issues won’t be much of a problem.
Chlorine Vs. Salt Water Swimming Pools