Salt water pool and its advantages

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The day our pool reopened for the summer, all my kids wanted to do was to jump in. Can we go now? No. Why not? It’s very cold and the water is not ready yet. Can you heat the pool? Yes. Now? No.

It went on and on, until 5 days later, they finally went in.


Well, soon after, someone was c-c-c-cold.

The dogs were smarter.

Soon, they ran for the shower, a very hot one at that πŸ˜€

Thankfully we have a salt water pool which requires less maintenance and even fewer chemicals. I am quite new to salt water pool myself, but I have learned a lot during my research in the past couple of months. Let me give you some heads up:

Once you have added the pool salt in to the water, its chlorine generator uses that salt to generate chlorine.

Salt water pools are great on your skin, they make it soft. It also does NOT cause red itchy eyes or skin, conditions that are normally associated with chlorinated pools.

You don’t have to spend a bomb in buying those big chemical tumblers that you need for regular pools. Though they are more expensive to put in, they are a lot economical in the long run. Of course, you still need weekly maintenance – cleaning up the filters, checking chlorine and pH levels etc. You might also need to ‘shock’ the pool to get its chlorine level up to mark (or when it becomes cloudy after use, rain, or adding stabilizer). But tha’s not frequent, the generators normally take care of the rest. Most of the current chlorine generators come with that setting that sends it into an overdrive to produce enough chlorine that balances out the chlorine content.

My conclusion is if you are considering getting a new pool or some major changes in your existing swimming pool, you should definitely consider salt water pool. You will still need a couple of things like stabilizer to maintain the pH balance, but it is much more cleaner and healthier.

The pool we acquired with our property is about 10 years old, and is in absolutely pristine condition. The water condition was so good that the serviceman said our pool was going to be ready to use in about 24 hours! (people have waited for a month after opening to be able to use the pool). This can only be possible by proper weekly maintenance. No matter what kind of pool you have, checking it for alkalinity, pH balance and cleaning out filters will go a long way in ensuring longevity of the pool.

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13 comments for “Salt water pool and its advantages

  1. June 17, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    I have wondered a lot about salt water pools. We are currently looking at a house to buy that has one. I have had chlorine pools for years, and I find this post so helpful. Thanks for visiting my blog, and your nice comment. I am now a subscription follower. Thanks!

    • June 17, 2012 at 7:53 PM

      That’s awesome!I’m glad. We have found salt water pool water to be a lot more soothing and from what I have learned, a lot less maintenance too. Good luck with the house. Welcome to my blog πŸ˜€
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  2. June 17, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    We have a salt water pool too and because it’s so dry here we have a rainwater tank to keep it filled. If that runs out we just take water from the canal πŸ™‚ It’s salty too. LOL
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    • June 18, 2012 at 10:02 AM

      It’s a perfectly great reply. So why am I laughing??? hehehehe! Just love the way you say things. Brings out a chuckle every time.

  3. June 18, 2012 at 2:54 AM

    We have a saltwater pool too my friend, you make some great posts πŸ˜€

    Choc Chip Uru
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    • June 18, 2012 at 10:03 AM

      Thanks you Miss Uru. Now only if I can drizzle some chocolate like you do…..:D

  4. Jason Charles
    October 19, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    In the past I’ve had a few less than acceptable maintenance services for my pool. A few months ago, a friend suggested I try Miami Pool Tech in South FL. I did, and I’m happy to say that their services are excellent. They were professional, friendly, and very responsive to all my concerns and questions. If you’re looking for a great pool maintenance service, check them out at

  5. April 21, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    As a pool professional in Southern California I appreciate the time and effort you put into researching your article. It’s very well written and thoughtfully presented.


    • April 22, 2013 at 10:58 AM

      Thank you Mike πŸ™‚ Coming from a pool professional, this is an honor.

  6. October 9, 2016 at 4:32 AM

    Thanks for your thumbs up for a salt water pool. I’m only familiar with chlorine pools and we are looking to buy a house with a salt water pool. It’s a shame it doesn’t make overall maintenance easier, too. Had to laugh when I read your first lines – spot on observations πŸ™‚
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  7. July 18, 2017 at 3:52 AM

    Salt water pool might conjure up visions of invigorating ocean swims, still they have little in common with the briny environment. The role of salt in salt water pool is that it acts as a continuous source of convertible chlorine. Again there is no side effect of salt water pool which is often associated with traditional chlorinated pool. Even though it might make people feel better, they are not chemical free systems. So, to get the benefit it delivers, make sure the flow of chlorine is steady and continuous.

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