The Truth About Salt Pools
Thinking about purchasing a saltwater pool or converting to a saltwater pool you may want to consider the pros and cons of a saltwater pool.
A salt water pool isn’t better than a chlorine pool because it IS a chlorine pool. A saltwater pool system is the same thing as a salt “chlorine” generator/salt water chlorinator. Saltwater pools electrically convert the pool salt into chlorine. It’s the chlorine that keeps the pool water clean just like the chlorine you buy in buckets. Read an article about how salt runoff impacts the environment.
pH levels in saltwater pools tend to be higher and require increased monitoring
Regular doses of muriatic acid have to be added in order to clean your saltwater pools salt cells
Expensive salt cells need frequent cleaning
Salt water chlorinators cost several hundred to a couple thousand dollars just to get up and running
A saltwater pools salt cells need to be replaced every few years at an average cost of $500
Saltwater from your pool that spills onto your pool deck and grass can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage, not to mention the damage to your pool equipment
Difficulty maintaining chlorine levels
Low salt levels in your saltwater pool can cause equipment shut down
If you have any of these surfaces on or around your saltwater pool, they are susceptible to ugly brown stains, pitting, corrosion, and eventually unrepairable damage.
There are countless articles and first hand recounts of damage to pools, decks and yards attributed to salt-water pool systems. We have found through our dealers firsthand experience, that the pools with salt water chlorinators are much more likely to experience damage and at a much earlier rate than standard chlorine pools.
Below are a few images dealers have sent to us when explaining why they are no longer promoting salt water chlorinators and convincing their customers to switch to FROG products that provide Fresh Mineral Water for pools and hot tubs.