Growing up as a swimmer, itching skin with a chemical smell to it was all too familiar to me. My classmates and friends were not shy about pointing the smell out either. To me, that’s just the only way that it could be. Pools just made your eyes burn, your skin itch, and gave you a less than pleasant smell. But then one summer afternoon I went for a swim at a friend’s house where I was shocked to find that my eyes were not burning as he splashed me in the face and my skin didn’t itch or smell after I got out of the pool. This was because his pool was not a standard chlorine pool. He had a salt water pool.
Salt water pools are becoming more and more popular among residential pool owners, and with very good reason! Personally, I do not enjoy swimming in pools that are not salt water pools. From a maintenance perspective, salt water pools are also a much more enjoyable work environment. If you have ever used chlorine tablets, you know the awful itching and irritation it can cause to your skin, even from the slightest contact. A pool equipped with a salt water chlorine generator is also easier to maintain! During the hotter months of the summer, it almost feels as if you cannot put enough chlorine in the pool to keep it sanitary, but this is not the case with salt water pools. Salt water generators are constantly converting the salt in the water into chlorine, so it is much more difficult for the sun to burn off the chlorine.
It is true that salt water systems generally do end up costing more than using chlorine tablets, but most good things cost more money, right? The softness the water has on your skin, the lack of smell, and ease of maintenance are well worth the cost!