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Alternatives To A Salt Water Pool

Most pool owners know that, as the primary cleaner and disinfectant, chlorine comes with many disadvantages. In addition to the smell that a chlorine-treated pool often has, the effects of the chemicals on the body can range from irritated to severe—burning eyes from contact with the water, dry and irritated skin after prolonged contact. Saltwater pools came into popularity next, providing several advantages over chlorine-treated pools. While some chlorine was still needed to sanitize the pool properly, the level was much lower and significantly reduced the effects on the skin and eyes. It also often requires less regular maintenance to keep your pool clean. However, it is not without some disadvantages as well, including increased corrosion of any metal the water contacts (such as ladders or screws) as well as damage to decking that might not be resistant to salt effects.

Now a new alternative—oxygen pools--can provide you with the same advantages over a chlorine-based system as saltwater, but without many of the saltwater side effects.

How Does It Work?

Oxygen is a natural cleaner that can be just as effective as harsher chemicals like chlorine. It is introduced to the water in the form of ozone, where it then converts to a form of oxygen that can attack algae and bacteria in your pool system.

What Are Some Of The Benefits?

Without added chemicals in the water, you will experience a number of advantages. You won’t hear complaints about red eyes or itchy skin due to chlorine in your water. In addition, extra oxygenation of the water has been shown in some studies to provide additional health benefits, such as anti-inflammatory properties and reducing pain.

Also, chemicals are sometimes not effective at ridding your pool of more stubborn types of bacteria. Ozone and oxygen can handle the removal of many contaminants that chlorine might not eradicate.

How Dangerous are Chlorine Pools?

We had a client once share with us that he had a dog who constantly drank from his chlorinated pool. The client eventually noticed the dog had a sore on his hind leg that he would constantly lick. The client checked out the dog's leg and saw a huge red welt. The dog was taken to the veterinarian and it turned out, the welt occurred because the chlorine from the pool dried his skin from the inside. The poor dog had to have his fur shaved off and wear a cone. That never would have happened with one of our pools!

Are There Any Downsides?

The ozone effect when setting up an oxygen pool can be diminished in hotter temperatures. This lesser effectiveness can be mitigated by adding a minimal amount of chlorine during warmer weather to areas of the pool where circulation might not be the best.

Saltwater pools are not your only option if you don’t want a chlorine-based system contact Exceptional Water Systems today and learn more about how an oxygen pool powered by ozone might be just what you need!