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Orlando, Fla.— Wow, if this recent heat in Florida has caused you to reconsider whether to build a pool in your backyard or not— there are a few things other than budget, size and design that you must consider.

Todays biggest question is whether you like it to be: chlorine or saltwater pool?

Although chlorine pools are more inexpensive, salt pools are gaining so much popularity due to its many benefits, including to your health. Many users claim to have a better swimming sensation because of the ‘soft water” feel. If you have a water softener in your home, you know that the addition of salt makes water feel smooth and silky to the touch – like rain water. Most people prefer this to the abrasive feel of chlorinated water.

Salt-water swimming pools do, however, require specific maintenance and upkeep, and you must bear in mind that some service technicians may treat pools with chlorine generators just like any other pool—which may end up causing some major problems to your pool and budget. One must know that saltwater pools use the process of electrolysis to purify the water. Pool salt is poured into the water, and the electrolyzer is connected to the pool’s filtration circuit. The salt disinfects the water as it passes through the electrolyzer, which turns it into active and natural chlorine. The role of salt in salt-water pools is neither disinfection, nor improvement in buoyancy. Salt levels in pools are far below the salt concentration in ocean waters. Instead, salt acts as a continuous source of convertible chlorine. Because the salt is dissolved in the pool water, there is a continuous and steady supply of chlorine flowing into the pool.

One of its main benefits is that since the water treatment in saltwater pools is automated through the use of the electrolyzer, maintenance is much easier. The replenishment of the salt is much less frequent than with the disinfectant pebbles used with chlorine pools.  Downsides may include potential damage to accessories caused by corrosion and the obvious one, a higher initial expense.

In terms of health benefits of a salt water pool the following have been claimed:

•Salt water can leave your skin feeling smoother and softer, and studies have been done that prove how salt water can help with skin disorders like eczema, acne and psoriasis. Salt water also acts as a natural moisturizer and exfoliator, increasing our skin’s ability to retain moisture.
•Salt water helps promote our body’s natural relaxation process leaving us feeling refreshed after each swim.
•Salt water contains bromide, a mineral that helps relieve those everyday aches, pains and soreness we all feel deep within our joints and muscles. Furthermore, people who are recovering from an injury will find it easier to move within a salt water pool as the bromide helps their muscles and joints recover.
•Some people are sensitive to chlorine and have trouble breathing when they’re swimming in an over-chlorinated pool. Salt water pools will cause considerably less irritation to your eyes and  won’t irritate your lungs.

If you already have a chlorine pool you could convert it to salt water. You must replace the generator and invest in some equipment, but must importantly is that this must be done by a reputable professional with expertise in salt water pool.

The last part is of course, to remember to notify your insurance agent about the addition to your home in the event that you decide to build a new pool, to make sure your current homeowners or liability coverage includes it, or to make the necessary changes on time. 



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