When choosing which pool can be best for you, many questions revolve around Chlorine pools or Salt-Water pools. Salt-Water pools are not Chlorine free pools. A Salt-Water pool is simply a pool that utilizes a chlorine generator. Chlorine Generators have been around for many years, and as the technology around them continues to evolve, the continue to improve in performance.
What does a Chlorine Generator Do?
The main function for the chlorine generator is to produce chlorine for the pool so you do not have to buy, store, or handle chlorine for your pool. Chlorine generators, when functioning correctly, produce chlorine constantly (when the pump is running) with most units. This keeps a residual of chlorine in the pool that prevents algae from growing. The secret is keeping the cell free of calcium and mineral deposits–the cell itself is made up of precious metals-it must be maintained so it can continue to make chlorine.
Through the process of electrolysis, water passing over the chlorine generator cell produces chlorine that is instantaneously transformed into Hypochlorous acid. Hypochlorous acid is the active sanitizer; this is what kills algae and other harmful stuff in the water. Its effectiveness is totally predicated on balanced water conditions and, more importantly, proper pH. So, with a salt water system, you still must maintain your water balance (pool chemistry) properly. As long as you do this, a chlorine generator is a good choice.
For more information on a Salt Water pool, and its proper maintenance, please contact our office and a representative will be glad to get you informed for your decision making on getting a Salt Water system for your pool.