We are thinking of converting our pool from chlorine to saltwater, but we've heard and read some things about possible issues with the lining or other things breaking down over time due to the salt. Not sure if this just counter-marketing from chlorine pool people, or if it is legitimate. Does anyone have any info on real problems encountered with saltwater pools or if special material is needed to encase saltwater in a saltwater pool.
From my personal and professional experience with Saltwater Pools with "Salt Chlorine Generators" on them has always been positive. I will bullet point some information to help you ensure it's a positive experience:
Correct Installation: The Salt Chlorinator Systems have 2 main parts.
Salt Chlorine Generator Facts: These simple facts that compare the amount of salt your pool will require for a salt chlorine generator vs a tear from a human eye vs Ocean Salt Water.
We sell Thousands of Salt Chlorine Generators A Year All Over The World. To this day, I'm not aware of ONE single customer who was unhappy and wanted a refund after they installed it. In my last house, I had a pool built and I used a salt chlorine generator from day one. I can say that the 3,000 PPM of Salt Required in the pool makes the pool water feel "soft" on your skin vs the normal "dry" feeling from a liquid/powder chlorine pool. I also only had to clean the cell 2 times in the 8 years I lived there and it ran every day without any other issues.
Well that's my 2 cents and facts I know from selling tens of thousands of salt chlorine generators over the past 10 years online and it's still one of our top selling product lines.
The term "saltwater pool" is a bit misleading. I was a builder in TX. and 95% of my pools had that system. Simply put, adding a chlorine generator is just that. A system to generate chlorine, from sodium chloride (salt). The system changes the salt you've added to your pool water into a chlorine gas and eliminates the need for you to add chlorine maunally. Benifits: After the overall cost of the system (size of the unit is based on total gallons)salt is pretty darn cheap. A lot less than chlorine tabs or powder, so you'll save some money. Chlorine is caustic and a carcinogen. Totally unsafe. "Chlorine tanks ruptured after train wreck" "Towns evacuated, people suffer burns"
Salt on the other hand, is sitting in your kitchen. (Same as pool salt but iodine has beed added). The chlorine gas entering your pool does not produce chlorimines which cause burning eyes, itchy skin, yellow hair and bleached out bathing suits.
Disadvantages? Well if you add to much salt into the pool, you will taste it.
If added properly there will be no taste involved and most systems have an "add salt" light and a "correct range" setting in PPM.
Simply put...........add the system, with self reversing polarity (self cleaning). Most systems are guaranteed for at least 5 years.
The sun will deterioate your liner more that the chlorine will if used properly. Remember, all your doing is producing your own chlorine instead of buying it.