Salt water vs chlorine pool systems

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  1. Ridic

    Ridic Too ridic to quit Banned User

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    Anyone have any experience with a salt water system? Debating if I should switch over from chlorine.
     
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  2. Gator

    Gator What?

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    Do it. You can buy 40 lb bags of salt from Sam's Club or Walmart for $7-8
    The salt water filter converts the salt into a chlorine solution and back into salt to recycle.

    No chlorine smell or burning of the eyes.
     
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    haven't heard anything bad about saltwater pools

    gotta be cheaper than chlorine tabs
     
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    saltwater needs more maintenance
     
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    Salt is kind of a pain in the ass. diatomaceous earth (DE) filters work the best, but also a huge pain in the ass
     
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    I know a few people that switched. They love it.
     
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    My pool guy said converting is a bad idea. He recommends salt systems with new builds. He said the salt can be rough on equipment, decks, etc. if they weren't intended to be exposed to the salt.
     
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    :grad: Sodiums
     
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    my swimming pool is 100% hydrogen peroxide
     
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    i dont know anything about anything.

    but go with salt
     
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    I don't have any direct experience BUT since the place I am currently buying has a nice pool I have been researching the shit out of this very question. From what I have read it seems to be a wash as far as expense by the time yoou factor in the equipment required vs. chlorine savings. The most serious complaints are that the salt is hard on parts not bought specifically to resist salt corrosion (pumps, railings, ladders plus the concrete decking and nearby fences).

    As far as it being easier on the eyes.....my friend's pool is treated with standard chemicals and I never have a problem with eye irritation but he is a freak with maintenance.
     
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    Love my salt water pool. No issues what so ever. Salt is really inexpensive and no issues with the water or the system. Testing is a breeze since our system gives us accurate readings of salinity.
     
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    Lies, you need to block me again

    Lies, you don't need a pool man as much, of course they would say this.

    Salt is converted to healthy non toxic Chlorine. AND it converts back to salt.
     
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    Lemmy Douchebag Extraordinaire Gold

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    It only replaces the chlorine though so you still need the other chemicals correct?
     
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    Right
     
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    You still test and need to tweak it occasionally but it's nothing compared to the amount of chemicals we used to use in our previous chlorine pool.
     
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    What she said
     
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    Thanks! I have a steep learning curve ahead of me.
     
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    true story
     
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