Making Sense of Modern Pool Chlorinators

Pool Chlorinators

To maintain a healthy swimming pool, you don’t need to purchase and to handle chlorine on a regular basis. Most homeowners have realized the possibility of using saltwater chlorinators as a means of having a swimming pool that provides a safer and cleaner environment. A saltwater pool won’t eliminate the chlorine element from your pool’s water. However, it will help you eliminate the need for handling and storing commercial chlorine near your home. Fundamentally, saltwater swimming pools produce chlorine from the saltwater itself. There are also salt water chlorinators like the Chlorine Genie that produce pool chlorine from an independent brine tank with no need to salt the pool water. This alternative has many benefits regarding the swimming pools maintenance.

The advantages

– Reduces the accumulation of algae and fungi in the swimming pool

Apart from eliminating the need for handling chlorine directly, a saltwater system will reduce algae and fungi accumulation. As a result, you will take less time cleaning the pool surfaces and the water. What’s more, you will change the water less often.

– Consistent chlorine level

Pool owners often over-saturate their swimming pools with chlorine. This causes irritation to the eyes and skin. A saltwater pool will produce a consistent and steady chlorine flow, therefore, eliminating the problem and can provide you with better overall protection.

– Saves money

Even though you will need more money to install the saltwater system, you will save more money over time by stabilizing your swimming pools’ chlorine levels, and the need for additional store bought chlorine.

– Lesser effects on the body

Chlorine long-term effects on the body may be hazardous. Saltwater systems put less chlorine in the water with time compared to pools employing traditional chlorine additives. Not only that, commercially bought chlorine products are filled with as much as 90% other chemical additives. This can cause damages to the swimmer’s hair, skin and the eyes. People with allergies find that swimming in a saltwater swimming pool or one treated by a chlorine generator system like the Chlorine Genie causes less irritation than normal. Some people claim the salt which remains in the pool water after filtration also softens and soothes the irritation. Either way swimmers report salt chlorinated as more comfortable to swim in, much like freshwater.


The disadvantages

– Corroded ladder anchors and handrails

High salinity levels in pool water lead to premature corrosion of galvanized deck anchors. Within 4-5 years of installing the salt system, galvanized deck anchors corrode to such a point where removing the ladder or handrail can be impossible. The solution to this common problem is to avoid galvanized steel and instead use brass anchors. But when installing a salt system in your existing pool that features galvanized deck anchors, remember to spray them with corrosion inhibitor – it will slow down the deterioration process. When constructing a new swimming pool, use brass anchors. Or use a salt chlorination system like the Chlorine Genie that requires no salt in the pool for operation.

– Higher chlorine levels

A major benefit of salt water swimming pools is that the user enjoys all the benefits associated with chlorine pools without any adverse effect related to chlorine – you won’t expect burning eyes or any strong smells. However, on the downside, the system can produce a higher level of chlorine than needed when not properly managed. Unlike commercial chlorine levels the effects are dramatically reduced. See this shocking salt chorinator demonstration. To prevent this from happening, remember to test the chlorine levels in your swimming pool regularly.

– Cell replacement

Even though a salt chlorinator may cost far less during given seasons than chlorine, at times the cell – a component which converts salt into chlorine – will fail. The total cost of replacing the cell may exceed the savings you experienced over the years. Cell replacement average cost is $800-$1200 while the life expectancy is around 7 years. Salt chlorine systems have several benefits, but cost saving might not be one of them in the long run.

– Tougher on auto covers

As a matter of fact, salt water pool systems are harder on automatic covers metal components, landscapes, etc. The components include track system, leading edge, and the hardware. To prevent corrosion of these elements rinse them periodically with clean water.

In Conclusion

Not all salt chlorine generators are created or engineered equally. There are salt in the pool systems and separate stand-alone brine tank systems. The differences can be significant. Do your homework first when considering a new regimen for your pool sanitation. Be clear about the benefits and drawbacks and what each system has to offer. The right system can be a joy and give you years of happy service so don’t be afraid to get the full story before you buy.