Even though summer is nearly over, many of us still dream of owning a pool on our own property, ready to enjoy in private and at our own leisure, while those who already have one may be considering switching their pool system. Regardless of your situation, if you’re curious about the differences in maintaining chlorine pools versus salt water pools, True Blue Pools is here to help. Based in Lexington, KY, We’ve provided maintenance services, repairs, and installations all throughout the area since 2009.
In general, the biggest difference lays in initial costs. According to the team at True Blue Pools, as long as you intend to keep a salt water pool for a long time, it's worth the investment. However, if you have more time than money at the moment, a chlorine pool may be the better option.
The biggest challenges for maintaining chlorine pools are keeping the pH, alkalinity, and calcium hardness at the right levels. Every pool is different, and monitoring these levels can be a bit of a chore. You’ll need to test your pool weekly and adjust things manually. There are different ways to chlorinate a pool — tabs, liquid, and granules. Some are easier to use than others, but handling them must always be done with the utmost care due to the strength of the chemical.
While chlorine tackles most bacteria and algae, you’ll still need to shock your pool regularly to remove excess bacteria and any other contaminants. You may need to do this every month or even every week. In addition to these tasks, the pool should be skimmed for leaves and insects and the lining should be scrubbed and cleaned every week.
Despite the name, salt water pools still use chlorine, albeit a smaller amount. Instead of manually adding it, it's done via electrolysis from a generator. As you may have guessed, this is why the initial maintenance costs are higher than that of chlorine pools. These generators also come with electrical costs, as they’re required to run up to 12 hours a day in the summer and six hours in the winter. Although running a generator for this long may seem excessive, that’s practically the extent of the maintenance that’s needed.
As for cleaning, aside from the standard skimming, cleaning salt water pools is minimal. Once a year, you’ll need to drain it, replace the filters, scrub the liner, and check on the generator. With only annual upkeep and no additional chemicals needed, maintaining salt water pools is more cost-efficient in the long run.
If you’re still a bit stumped on the differences in pool maintenance, the experts at True Blue Pools would love to help. Not only do they have a handy pool care guide on their website, but our friendly and well-trained staff offers weekly pool services. Cal us today at (859) 523-0755 for a free quote. You can also find us Facebook.