When it comes to pools, you have quite a variety of shapes, sizes, styles and types to choose from. The most popular types of pools are traditional chlorine pools and natural, eco pools have also become very popular over the last decade or so. Saltwater pools have also been around for some time and are a great alternative to chlorine pools.
According to Healthline, a saltwater pool contains 10 times less salt than the ocean. There’s around 3,000 ppm (parts per million) salinity in a saltwater pool. By comparison, there’s 35,000 ppm in the ocean. Some people find this type of pool less harsh than a chlorinated pool.
We discover a few top benefits of saltwater pools.
A saltwater pool is easier to maintain than a traditional pool. Pool owners will have to check their pH and alkalinity levels weekly to maintain clear water. Saltwater pools also use chlorine, but rather than dumping chemicals in, they pass water through a unique system known as a salt-chlorine generator. Experts say that when you add electricity to the water and salt, the chemicals change into hydrogen gas and hypochlorous acid. The acid sanitizes the pool while the hydrogen bubbles up and out of the water and into the air.
Because the saltwater system only produces chlorine as needed, the pools require less maintenance when compared to traditionally chlorinated swimming pools.
Chlorine can irritate the skin, bleach your cozzie over time and turn some swimmers’ hair green. Saltwater pools are much gentler on your skin, hair and swimwear. Because they have lower chlorine levels, saltwater pools are much gentler on the eyes and skin. Saltwater pools produce softer-feeling water, which many people prefer.
Saltwater is also good for the skin. It can help improve eczema, acne and psoriasis, and is also a natural moisturizer and exfoliator – allowing your skin to retain more moisture.
Saltwater also helps to promote our body’s natural relaxation process leaving you rejuvenated after a swim. Saltwater contains bromide, a mineral that helps relieve those everyday aches and pains. Swimming in a saltwater pool can also help with inflammation of the joints and muscles.
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