Chlorine swimming pools have been popular since the early 1900s, but with medical and technology advancements, people are becoming interested in saltwater swimming pools, their cleaning methods and advantages. The chlorine vs. saltwater discussion is hotly debated. Thousands of pool owners worldwide are either switching to saltwater or building saltwater pools, but don't let phrase "saltwater" fool you---it still has chlorine in it. However, there are additional reasons why people are switching from chlorine pools to saltwater pools. Does this Spark an idea?

  1. Saltwater Pools

    • A major part of having a saltwater pool is generating your own chlorine. Traditional chlorine pool owners buy, handle and store their own chlorine. Manual chlorine usage (putting it in the pool yourself) often causes a build-up of algae and other fungi and wears down the pool faster. However, saltwater pool owners have a chlorine generator to produce a steady flow of chlorine, preventing them from having to buy it and handle it. This also reduces the algae build-up in the pool and potentially preserves the life of the pool. The steady flow of chlorine keeps the chlorine level consistent, preventing a lingering overabundance of chlorine. It costs more up front to convert your pool, but you end up saving money over time.

    Chlorine Pools

    • Chlorine pool

      Chlorine pool owners, to avoid an abundance of algae and bacteria growth, must perform a number of regular tasks to maintain the cleanliness, safety and life of their pool. Chlorine pools are cheaper than saltwater pools because you're not paying for the chlorine generator up front. If you opt for a chlorine pool, make sure you follow the list of maintenance and upkeep procedures to ensure a happy, healthy time with your new pool.
      According to, chlorinated pools owners should visit a pool dealer to do a chlorine demand test, which is a test to see how much chlorine should be put in the pool. With this knowledge, the pool owner should put in exactly as much as they need to, no more and no less, to have optimal chlorine levels.
      Chlorine owners need to keep the water's pH between 7.2 and 7.6, alkalinity between 100 and 150ppm,and calcium at 200 to 300ppm, according to Keeping these items in balance allows the chlorine to be at its most effective.
      Chlorine pool owners should also shock their pool once every three to four weeks to kill excess bacteria. You should shock precisely and regularly. First, find out exactly how much chlorine is already in the water. Second, calculate how much shock treatment solution you need to add to the water to oxidize the chlorine. Third, add the exact amount of chlorine shock treatment.

    Chlorine Pool Cleansing

    • A clean pool is a priority for pool owners. The reason chlorine has lasted so long in the market is because of its cleaning power, but its cleaning safety is now being questioned, according to Texas Oasis Pool Service.
      Chlorine mixes with sweat, saliva and urine and turns into other chemicals called chloramines. According to the "Chicago Tribune," the chlorine kills contaminants in the water, but the chloramines remain and even more chlorine is needed to remove the chloramines. The chloramines are harmful to your eyes and skin, so they require you to add chlorine frequently.
      If you own a chlorine pool, it's important to keep a consistent routine in putting in chlorine and testing the chlorine solution to reduce the amount of chloramines that form.

    Saltwater Cleansing

    • Salt water pools stay arguably cleaner than chlorine pools. In saltwater pools, the constant flow of chlorine from the generators kill chloramines faster than chlorine pools do, resulting in less harm to your skin and eyes. Additionally, you don't have to do nearly as much work because a machine adds chlorine for you.


    • The bottom line is deciding what kind of pool is right for you. On one hand, chlorine pools are affordable and have a long tradition of use. They are fun and safe if the owner is committed to keeping the water and chlorine levels precise with regular maintenance. They do, however, have risks if the owner is not diligent with pool maintenance. On the other hand, saltwater pools have chlorine generators to steadily replenish the chlorine, keeping it consistent and easy. They are less irritating to the eyes because they have less chlorine than chlorinated pools. They do, however, cost more and present a larger initial financial commitment than a traditional chlorine pool.