Post # 1
Do any of you have in ground pools? Our new home has a inground pool and neither of us have owned a pool before. My husband and I looked into it briefly and we’re thinking about switching it to a salt water pool to get rid of the chlorine. But it looks like a saltwater pool actually still has chlorine?
Anyway, just looking for some pros and cons.
Post # 3
My family has a saltwater pool, and initially it can be more expensive. Its definitely is easier on the eyes as far as irritation, but yes it still does contain chlorine. The difference is like how its released I think
I like it because it feels less harsh, and its great against your hair and skin.
Post # 4
We had an above ground pool when I was younger and we used hydrogen peroxide instead. Of course, then it became harder to get because I guess meth labs or some kind of drug-making uses it…..so they look at you funny when you want a 55-gal drum of it!
Post # 5
Ive swam in both and personally I cant really tell the difference. Both types still turned my hair green :p
Post # 6
I looooove salt water pools– my skin feels so clean and happy afterward. it might be a placebo effect but I don’t care.
Post # 7
I do not have first hand experience with salt water pools, but I have heard they are more expensive to maintain. We always had normal water but instead of chlorine my dad used a chemical called bacasill (I have no idea of the spelling). He always had some chlorine alternative which was less harsh on skin and eyes and did not smell so strong but I know there are several different variations on the market. Also, he made sure to run the vacuum and filter enough but kept the chemical treatment minimal which was fine because it is not a public pool. Just consider how often you will use the pool and maybe go to a pool store to see all your options. I must admit the salt water option sounds mush more exciting than regular water!
Post # 8
Saltwater all the way.
We have had both – we actually converted our chlorine pool to saltwater.
It was an expensive process (and yes, it IS more expensive to put in, intially) but it is actually cheaper to maintain over time. You only need to buy bags of salt, not the chlorine, shock, bromine etc.
I found it made a huge difference in skin/hair as well, a lot less harsh.
If you are looking for long term savings/easier maintenance, my vote is for salt water! 🙂
Post # 9
We have a friend that converted his chlorine pool to a saltwater and he said maintenance is definitely cheaper with the saltwater.
We just figured the salt water’s got to be better for you than straight up just chlorine!
Did you change it over yourself or hired someone? Mind sharing a ballpark figure?
I was reading on a pool forum that there’s actually more routine maintenance with a salt water than just chlorine? And there’s the fear of the salt water eating away at the pool.
I’m not positive what the inside of our pool is. With warmer weather coming we’re planning on having someone come out drain, clean, refill and check everything out.
Post # 10
@regberadaisy: We hired professionals to change it over – I honestly have no idea how much it was, but i believe it was relatively pricey. (It was my parents pool).
We found there was less maintenance, but I suppose that could be different depending on climate, type of pool liner etc and system you put in.
Salt water is good for kidlets too … easier on their sensitive skin & eyes!