Should I Get a Saltwater System in my Pool?

Traditionally most pools are chlorine based, but in recent years, more and more homeowners are switching over to saltwater pools for less harm to their skin. With the growing numbers of converts, you may think to yourself “Should I get a saltwater system in my pool? Is it really worth it?” There is no short and simple answer. But through this article, you will hopefully have a more clear understanding of the benefits and disadvantages of the saltwater system.

Saltwater systems have recently been gaining popularity in Canada, but they were first used in New Zealand in the early 1970’s and have already been around the US since the 1980’s. Essentially, saltwater chlorination is a process that uses dissolved salts as a store for the chlorination system. Initially, a saltwater system can be expensive to put in place, but it pays off eventually. Replacing the chlorine generator is also not as expensive if you consider the long term benefits. Compared to chlorine, salt is very cheap. So even if salts have to be replaced at the same rate as chlorine, it would still be more cost efficient.

Many claim saltwater pools are natural and require less work, but this isn’t necessarily true in all cases. A common misconception is that a saltwater pool is chemical-free. However, the salt water creates chlorine when sanitizing during electrolysis. In fact, the industry trade name for saltwater pool systems is called a chlorine generator. The self-generating chlorine factory puts saltwater pools at a great advantage, because homeowners no longer have purchase chlorine or shock treatments anymore. Another myth is that saltwater pools are easy to maintain and require little work. It sure sounds nice, but in reality, you need to pay closer attention to water balance because salt water pools generate high levels of chlorine to sanitize and oxidize the pool water. Luckily, you can simply install an ultraviolet disinfection system to help reduce chlorine levels.

Another major issue with the saltwater system is the corrosive nature of salts. If the original pool was not constructed to withstand salts, your pool would erode over time. So make sure if you’re thinking of converting, or building a new pool, that the materials are suitable for salts. In general, swimming in a saltwater pool will be easier on your skin. The soft water will take away the harsh red eye, and dry skin symptoms experienced when in a chlorinated pool.

No sanitation system is perfect, and everyone’s needs are different. So you should weigh the risks and benefits, and consider your own personal factors before getting a saltwater system installed in your pool. Still can’t decide? No problem! Feel free to consult our professionals at Seaway Pools & Hot Tubs for advice. Our seasoned staff will be able to help you choose the right pool for your needs. If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach us at 905-294-8030, or our toll free number 1-888-494-8030, or by email at

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