Chlorine has always been the staple chemical used to clean traditional chlorine pool water. However, saltwater has grown in popularity after an Austin, TX pool builder used it instead of harsh chemicals to clean pool water.
These pools use salt instead of liquid chemicals to ensure the water is disinfected and safe for bathers to spend as much time as required in the water. It keeps the water clean and not infested with harmful bacteria, algae, and other organic matter.
It’s better to use salt in swimming pools instead of liquid chemicals, which give adverse side effects like dry skin, eye irritation and discolors bathing suits and hair. Besides, there’s also the danger associated with handling these dangerous chemicals.
Saltwater chlorination systems are easier to maintain and are safer for swimming pools. However, there’s the risk of saltwater pools getting corrosive with time. The crystal grows to crack rock or concrete and rust metal equipment as water evaporates.
The solution to prevent this lies in properly maintaining the pool water to ensure the chemicals are well balanced.
We at Open Water Pools know the processes to deal with these systems. Contact your Austin saltwater pool builders today at 512-548-6166 if you consider installing a saltwater swimming pool in Texas.
Is A Salt Water Pool The Right Choice For You?
Salt does offer numerous health benefits like a better immune system. So saltwater pools are much easier on the swimmer’s eyes and skin, making a better pool option for those naturally sensitive to pool chemicals like chlorine.
However, this doesn’t imply that saltwater pools work miracles on the human body. They require periodic maintenance, much different from regular swimming pool maintenance.
For example, saltwater pools usually have a higher pH level, indicating alkaline water, leading to heavy mineral buildup, clogged pipes, and poor filtration. So you need to test and maintain your pool’s pH levels periodically.
Salt is caustic and naturally breaks down materials with time to soon cause problems like corroded ladders, pool lining, and lighting fixtures. It’s better to use aluminum pool equipment as aluminum naturally resists saltwater corrosion.
There’s also the chance of children splashing pool water. And saltwater, if sprayed out of the pool, leaves a salt residue on other surfaces. Once salt evaporates, the salt residue can end up eroding your pool materials.
The best way to prevent all of this from happening is by regularly washing away salt residue as part of your pool maintenance.
So if you wonder if a saltwater pool is right for you, considering its health benefits, it is, as long as you maintain it well.
About Our Salt Water Pool Installation Services
We can convert your inground pool to a saltwater pool to help you reap its benefits. It’s a relatively straightforward installation process comprising of the following steps.
- First, balance your pool water according to the specifications in your installation manual. Yes, there’s no need even to drain your pool!
- When the levels are balanced, we add sufficient pool-grade salt to reach the desired saltwater concentration for the pool. You do this by broadcasting the salt across the pool surface and waiting for the salt to dissolve, and this usually takes about 24 hours.
- About the quantity of salt to use, it all depends on your pool volume. Most installation manuals indicate how much salt is necessary, where you generally add more salt for a bigger pool.
- We then mount the chlorinator on a wall near your pool equipment pad as per the instructions in its installation manual.
- We also wire its controller for power based on the manual specifications.
- We next install the chlorinator cell into the pool plumbing, right after the pool filter. The salt chlorine generator should be the last piece of equipment on the pool pipe before the water returns to the pool. It’s also better to install a sacrificial anode to your plumbing lines.
- The next and final step involves connecting the chlorinator cell to the control board.
- With the salt cell installed, we next turn on your pool pump with the installed salt cell to look for potential leaks. We leave the pump for a few hours to improve water circulation and dissolve any undissolved salt.
You can now turn on the salt chlorinator and enjoy your coveted saltwater pool!
Remember to maintain your saltwater pool to ensure clean and clear water and extend your pool equipment life.
Call Us Today For A Free Pool Consultation
A swimming pool can practically change your life as your entertainment, exercise, and family space almost moves outside. And most importantly, once you build a pool, you gain a waterfront property.
It’s no doubt that it’s better to own saltwater than a chlorine-based pool. It offers more health benefits like no itchy and red eyes or irritated skin and helps the environment.
You may by now need no other reason to install a pool in your home.
You may, at the most, require a free estimate.
In that case, don’t worry. All you have to do is call us, Open Water Pools and spa, your Austin saltwater pool builders. Your swimming pool construction company can help bring you your dream pool.
Like any other work on the property, there’s a lot of planning involved in a saltwater pool installation. And this is where we can help make things easier for our customers through our free pool consultation.
Our specialists will inspect your property and determine the required space for your new saltwater custom pools.