Salt Water Pools - Pros and Cons

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For most of us, a swimming pool would be a truly valuable addition to any home. It isn't just the fun pools bring to the Salt Water Pools - Pros and Consbackyard recreational space -- they add value to Columbus, GA property listings when it comes time to sell. For many years, homeowners could choose their pool's size and shape, but that was about all. The water was going to be fresh, and the maintenance method, chlorination. 

But that was before the saltwater pool began to come into its own as a popular choice. One of the reasons is that most people have misconceptions about the plusses and minuses of the saltwater variety: it's not, as you might think, an attempt to create ocean water in the backyard. 'Saltwater' is not 'seawater.' The water in a salt pool does not look, smell or taste different from that in a traditional pool, and chlorine is used in both systems. However, Columbus, GA area homeowners who are considering having their own pool should consider the few distinct differences between chemical chlorine and saltwater pools.

Saltwater pools continuously monitor themselves to insure that the chlorine level is sufficient to control microorganisms and sanitize the water. Many of these systems will automatically start the pool pump to infuse more chlorine if the chlorine level drops. That means less time testing and maintaining the water than is generally required by a freshwater chlorine system.

However, saltwater pools do require homeowners to run their pool pumps significantly longer than traditional chemically chlorinated pools. Sunlight depletes the chlorine in any body of water. Chemicals used for traditional freshwater chlorination include cyanurates, which slow the photochemical reduction to keep a pool disinfected more effectively. Saltwater pools do not rely on these added chemicals - they have chlorinators (called 'salt cells') that use electrolysis to break down the salt to produce the same effect. So the pool pump must operate more frequently, with higher energy costs as a result.

The absence of chemical compounds is a side benefit with saltwater systems. They operate with a lower chlorine content than do traditional pools, so they are easier on the eyes and skin of the swimmers. Though homeowners must purchase salt, it's an additive that is a good deal less expensive than the liquid or solid chlorine additives used in traditional pools, and it's applied less frequently.

Whenever a homeowner in considers an improvement, I like to advise the future resale value be factored in.  Columbus, GA area property listings featuring saltwater pools are often considered a plus, but all the costs should be weighed before settling on the final decision.  If you are considering any value-building improvement to your home and would like to discuss potential real estate implications, I hope you will call me anytime. Let's chat!

If you’re considering selling or buying a home in the Columbus, GA area call me at 706-442-1084 or click here! It can make all the difference!

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Winston Heverly
Winston Realty, Inc. - Atlantis, FL

Saltwater is the way to go only if someone else paid to out it in or otherwise the cost may not be as effective.

Jul 18, 2012 01:37 PM #1
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

I do not like pools  because I do not like chlorine and how it feels and smells, especially on by body.  If I could afford a pool I should be able to afford running the pump more.  Saltwater all the way.

Jul 18, 2012 01:47 PM #2
Bud & Beth McKinney
Cary/Raleigh/Apex NC - The Team That Cares, RE/MAX United

Interesting - didn't know that about saltwater pools. Great information and I'm glad that you shared!

Jul 25, 2012 07:53 AM #3
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