How To Maintain Your Pool For Safety & Longevity


So, you’ve just gotten a new pool, and you want to dive right in and start using it. While that’s great, there are a few things to consider if you're going to keep that pool working correctly so you can enjoy it safely for years to come.

When putting in a new pool or doing a pool remodeling, you must decide between filling it with salt water or fresh water. Most people opt for freshwater, but there are advantages and disadvantages to both. In this article, we’re going to look at both types and talk about the differences when it comes to maintaining these pools, keeping them safe, and keeping them running for a long time.

Safety Aspects of Saltwater vs. Chlorine

Most people who choose salt water do so because they think it’s free of chlorine, but that’s not true. Saltwater pools do have chlorine, and it comes by way of a chlorine generator, which uses titanium plates to electrolyze the salt in the water and make liquid chlorine. Freshwater, on the other hand, requires that you add chlorine to the water by way of tablets. Chlorine is necessary for killing bacteria and keeping your pool’s water clean and safe. However, too much chlorine can be poisonous and cause health problems such as red, itchy skin or burning eyes and nose.

Maintenance Aspects of Saltwater vs. Chlorine

As mentioned, all pools have chlorine, but salt water pools get their chlorine from a generator as opposed to tablets. When using salt water with a chlorine generator, the user must perform routine maintenance to make sure it’s working properly. One thing that must be done when using a chlorine generator is to add a stabilizer to maintain proper chlorine levels. It’s recommended that you test your water every other week to ensure the chlorine levels are where they should be.

Those pool owners who prefer fresh water and the use of chlorine tablets like this combination because it’s easier to keep the levels of chlorine safe and effective. However, it’s important to remember that even when using tablets, you still will need to use a stabilizer now and then to maintain levels.

Longevity Aspects of Saltwater vs. Chlorine

Regardless of which type of pool you get, it’s an expensive investment, and it’s one that you’ll want to last for a long time. Pools constructed out of plaster can last between 7 and ten years regardless of whether you use salt water or fresh water with chlorine. Which will make it be a while before you need to do a pool replaster.  If you’re building your pool out of stone or concrete, you might want to steer clear of salt water because of how easy it corrodes these materials.

If you’re using salt water, you’re going to have to brush the pool on a regular basis to keep it from becoming discolored or damaged because of the salt. Also, be on the lookout for holes or cracks in the liner and use a sealant to fix any damage immediately.

Author Bio:

Adrian Brito
On Behalf of Authentic Plaster & Tile

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