If you’re deciding between a saltwater and chlorine pool for your backyard, maintenance is a huge factor that you should consider. Do you know the differences between how chlorinated pools and saltwater pools are maintained? And are you prepared to handle the maintenance for the kind of pool you want to install? Keep reading to learn the differences between saltwater and chlorine swimming pool maintenance in Atlanta.
Maintaining a Chlorine Pool
Chlorinated pools are by far the most common and most popular option when it comes to backyard swimming pools. A chlorine pool system is much cheaper to install and uses less electricity than the systems used by saltwater pools.
However, the system does require you to manually add chlorine (usually in tablet form) regularly. This is typically done about once a week in order to maintain proper chemical levels. You’ll also need to test your water’s chemical levels frequently to ensure that both the chlorine and pH levels are properly in balance. You’ll need to know when to add a packet of chlorine shock to your pool, when to add algaecide or ash, and more in order to properly maintain those delicate chemical levels.
Keeping up with those chemicals can be a tricky business, and it might begin to feel like a never-ending chore. Though the regular maintenance for a chlorine pool is typically much higher than that of a saltwater pool, many of the issues that arise can be solved by the owner if they’re willing to learn how to work with their system.
Additionally, high levels of chlorine in pools can irritate your eyes, dry out your skin, and even bleach hair and swimsuits. If this is something of concern to you, it might be worth considering a saltwater pool.
Maintaining a Saltwater Pool
Contrary to popular belief, saltwater pools do contain chlorine—just at much lower levels, so you don’t feel the impact of those chemicals nearly as much, if at all. A saltwater pool will be much gentler on your skin than a chlorinated pool. However, it’s much more expensive to install, and the electrolysis system required for these pools uses a lot more electricity.
The upside of the electrolysis system though is that it does virtually all the maintenance for you. Though you’ll still have to clean your pool, of course, the system maintains chlorine and salt levels so that you don’t have to constantly test, monitor, and regulate the chemical balance of your pool. This also means you’ll be spending less money on chemicals than you would for a chlorinated pool, and this type of system typically requires less frequent maintenance.
If you’re considering installing a new pool, be sure to weigh the pros and cons of both types before you make a decision. If you’re looking for someone to handle your swimming pool cleaning in Atlanta, contact Sunrise Pool Services, Inc., today. We can help with cleaning and maintaining both chlorinated and saltwater pools or provide the equipment that you need to properly maintain your pool system yourself. Give us a call today to learn more about our products and services.