Which are best, salt or chlorine pools?

For many years it has been tradition to keep a swimming pool clean and sanitary by using chlorine. As there was no alternative for such a long time, chlorination was almost something that was done by default. Things are different today; many Long Island pools are either built from scratch or converted to use salt rather than chlorine.


Chlorine does what is supposed to do, kill bacteria and algae. Chlorine also keeps the pool looking sparkling clean, sanitary and safe. If a swimming pool is left for long without getting a dose of chlorine, it will soon become covered with algae.

It is not enough to just dump some chlorine in the pool and let the pool handle it itself. There is more to it than that, there are other chemicals which must be added to the pool and regular testing must be done to maintain the level of excellence that you want. There must be enough active chlorine in the water to keep the pool sanitary, usually chlorine tablets are added weekly to maintain the level.

It is important to keep the pH levels correct, pH being the acidity or alkalinity of the water. If the pH becomes unbalanced and goes too high it will have a detrimental effect on the ability of the chlorine to work, if it gets too low, the water rapidly becomes acidic making swimming uncomfortable. Even a rainstorm can upset the pH, so constant checking is important.


The primary advantage of salt water Long Island pools is the fact that it does not need chlorine added to it. As salt is made up of sodium and chlorine, it generates its own chlorine. The salt water pool is superior for those who have skin which is sensitive to chlorine additive.

Although a salt water pool will cost a little more, it is an expense that will pay for itself quickly as there is no need to purchase chlorine, which in itself is quite expensive. A simple bag of salt costs nothing compared to a bag of chlorine.

A salt water pool is a pleasure to swim in; the water is softer and less irritating. Just because the water is salt does not mean it can be tasted, there is so little salt added that the water is still classified as fresh water.

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