Nobody likes the idea of bathing their body in chemicals, which is probably the reason saltwater pools have become somewhat trendy to have. Until those came on the market, the only common alternative was chlorine. Unfortunately, saltwater may not be the best method for keeping a pool safe and clean either. Here are four reasons why you should have a salt-free pool.
1. They are Bothersome to Drain
Every city will have different guidelines on how you are permitted to drain your pool. Some will allow you to discharge your water into storm drains. Others may require you to use the sewer system. Still others won’t allow you to drain your pool into any public area at all. The one thing you must never do is drain saltwater in your yard if you ever want vegetation to grow. Although water will dissipate, salt will stay behind and build up in the soil. Not only will this kill existing plants, but it will also impede the growth of future vegetation. It’s something to keep in mind if people will be splashing around a lot as well, as that can destroy soil quality over time too.
2. They Can Cause Damage
Most people in colder climates understand how damaging salt can be, since it’s commonly used to keep snow and ice at bay. Over time, sidewalks become corroded and vehicles rust. The same thing happens to your pool. It’s common to see liners fail, ladders rust, and equipment break down prematurely. This adds to the expense of upkeep and poses a safety risk.
3. They Can Be Illegal
Because they can be so damaging to the environment and to equipment, some areas across the country are banning saltwater pools. Right now, you’ll see this most often in areas that reuse water or recycle it in graywater systems. This is because they can’t reduce the salt content cost-effectively and, as noted earlier, can kill off vegetation wherever the water is used. The worrisome thing is that an area can change their laws at any time and not grandfather in people with existing systems. This has happened before and left owners at a total loss.
4. They’re Not Chemical or Chlorine-Free
A common misconception about saltwater is that it means the pool is chemical-free or chlorine-free. It’s not. The salt actually breaks down into chlorine. Moreover you may find yourself adding cyanuric acid to the water regularly and even chlorine tablets. In circumstances when dust or rain has gotten into the water, your unit might not be able to keep bacteria in check and make it safe quickly, if at all. This leads to adding even more chemicals.
Whether you’re looking into converting your existing pool or building a new one, take stock of your options. There’s a good chance you’ll choose a salt-free pool.
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