Saltwater pools are have been around in the pool industry for quite some time now and a lot of myths surround them. They are a great alternative to the traditional swimming pools we all know about. If you take proper care of your salt water pool properly, you can always enjoy a good dip anytime in your pool. If you a considering a salt water pool, there are several things that you should be aware of before you make your purchase. You should at least know about the common problems that arise and how to deal with salt water pool problems efficiently and effectively.
High Chlorine levels
One of the best things about salt water pools is that you can enjoy the benefits of a chlorine pool without the harmful effects that are associated with chlorine. This is great as there are no burning eyes or the annoying chlorine smell we all hate. The downside is that you can be able to generate very high chlorine levels in your swimming pool without realizing it. This usually has negative effects on the shell of your pool or equipment. To prevent this from happening, all you need to do is test your pool water chlorine levels each week.
For anyone who has lived or lives in coastal areas, you can bear me witness on the effects of salty air to window screens, furniture and sliding doors. The same case applies when you have a salt water pool installed in your backyard. Any metallic object in your home is vulnerable to this high salt environment and easily corrodes. This may affect your wrought iron gates, doors, sheds, furniture, chain link fences, screen and doors. Salt water droplets cause chloride ions (comes from the salt in the pool) on metal surfaces with a disastrous effect on them. Moisture presence on your metal surfaces is also a necessity for any corrosion processes to take place and when they are combined with high temperatures and salt/pollutants, then the chances of corrosion are enhanced.
Additionally, the high saline levels of the pool water makes galvanized deck anchors corrode easily. After installing a salt water pool, most galvanized deck anchors will take about 4 to 5 years and then they will corrode such that it’s difficult to get rid of the handrail. However, this problem can easily be solved by using brass anchors rather than galvanized steel. If you are considering installing a salt system in a pool that’s been used before with galvanized steel, using some kind of corrosion inhibitor to decrease the corrosion process would be wise. If you are building a new pool, ensure only brass anchors are used by your contractor.
High saline levels kill vegetation and pets
A lot of vegetation does not grow well on flowers, trees and grass in areas that have high saline levels. It’s common to find no grass around salt water pools. When there is a lot of heavy downpour, the high water level seeps slowly underneath and runs into your backyard. The water contacts high chloride and sodium levels which can easily kill vegetation. Salt water can also harm your pets if they drink it. It can actually lead to dehydration and fatal health problems. To deal with the issue of pet’s drinking water; always keep your pool area closed so that they cannot access the area.
Salt chlorinators are much affordable during some given seasons than chlorine but at times the cell (major component in the machine that turns salt to chlorine) may let you down. The cost of replacing your cell may be more than the savings that you may have made for several years. The total cost of cell replacement is about $850-$1200 with the life expectancy being 4 to 5 years. There are so many benefits of having a salt water pool, but cost saving is not any of them.
Easily corrodes vinyl liner pool walls
This is mainly popular in above the ground and in ground vinyl liner pools with metal walls. Many vinyl pool builders use polymer walls so this is not really a major issue with the new construction of liner pools. Nevertheless, if you are thinking of constructing a vinyl liner pool that has a salt water system, then avoid using metal walls as they may not be convenient for you. The low maintenance of above the ground pools outweigh the impacts salt water has on metal structure of the pool. There is a big difference in the level of corrosion on the wall after short periods of time on above the ground pool with or without salt water systems. The question is how long you want your pool to serve you. You will be able to get about 10 to 15 years from an above the ground pool with a salt water system as opposed to about 20 to 25 years without.
With all the above issues considered, then you may need to ask yourself: do the advantages of salt water pools outweigh the disadvantages?