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Old 01-13-2014, 07:21 PM
 
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We are thinking about new construction pools? We have never had a pool and we're wondering what the positives or negatives are. I'm interested what your advice/recommendations are going to be.
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Old 01-13-2014, 07:29 PM
 
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They are the same thing, just differs on the delivery!

Chlorine pool has chlorine added by the owner/pool service.
Salt pool makes its own chlorine daily when the pump runs.

Chlorine pool is dosed for the week so it starts off high and gets lower over the course of the week. Salt pool makes small amounts each day for a more level concentration (more comfortable for swimmers) and the salt in the water makes it seem silky/smooth.
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Old 01-13-2014, 10:01 PM
 
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Without question, if you have the choice, go with a SWG (salt water generator). As stated above, an SWG produces chlorine every time the pump turns on. No chlorine bottles to store and haul around, no wondering if you have enough chlorine and no daily dosing.
With an SWG, you add a LOT of salt maybe twice a year. With chlorine, you add it (or you should add it) once every day or two.
With an SWG, you'll have a rather large outlay of cash up front but it will pay for itself over the life of the unit. Usually about 4 to 7 years.
Also, do not, DO NOT use those stupid pucks to chlorinate your pool. They add CYA as well as chlorine and will, in very short order, make your chlorine ineffective.
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Old 01-13-2014, 10:59 PM
 
Location: Hard aground in the Sonoran Desert
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With an SWG, you add a LOT of salt maybe twice a year.
You don't have to add salt after the initial dose. I spend all my time draining water to get rid of excess salt that is added with the new water that is added with the auto leveling feature. The water evaporates but the salt doesn't so it keeps building and building until water is drained taking the salt with it. Tap water has sodium which is continuously added to the pool.

I've never known anyone around here to have to add salt after their initial dose and most people are fighting having too much.

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Old 01-13-2014, 11:29 PM
 
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We went with regular chlorinated at the advice of the pool builder. We initially went in thinking we wanted salt water but they talked us out of it for some reason.
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Old 01-14-2014, 12:06 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Salt water is much better for your skin and hair. I am a girl so I care about these things . Chlorine will damage hair if you swim in it enough and whenever I get out of a chlorinated pool my face feels tight after the water dries if I don't wipe it off right away with a towel because it is so drying. I also always have to wash my hair after swimming in chlorinated water and if I try to brush it before I get in the shower, it tangles badly. Salt water feels silky smooth and doesn't dry my skin out. It also never makes my hair tangle and I don't necessarily have to wash my hair after swimming because it won't be frizzy and gross like it would be with chlorinated water left in it. Same reason I love water softeners in a home: my hair is much smoother with less tangles than with regular water. My last home had one and my next one will too; I really miss it.
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Old 01-14-2014, 05:23 AM
 
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You don't have to add salt after the initial dose. I spend all my time draining water to get rid of excess salt that is added with the new water that is added with the auto leveling feature. The water evaporates but the salt doesn't so it keeps building and building until water is drained taking the salt with it. Tap water has sodium which is continuously added to the pool.

I've never known anyone around here to have to add salt after their initial dose and most people are fighting having too much.
This isn't true unless you are filling the pool with salt water from the ocean like they do in the Bahamas!

You will need to add salt periodically.
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Old 01-14-2014, 05:27 AM
 
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Without question, if you have the choice, go with a SWG (salt water generator). As stated above, an SWG produces chlorine every time the pump turns on. No chlorine bottles to store and haul around, no wondering if you have enough chlorine and no daily dosing.
With an SWG, you add a LOT of salt maybe twice a year. With chlorine, you add it (or you should add it) once every day or two.
With an SWG, you'll have a rather large outlay of cash up front but it will pay for itself over the life of the unit. Usually about 4 to 7 years.
Also, do not, DO NOT use those stupid pucks to chlorinate your pool. They add CYA as well as chlorine and will, in very short order, make your chlorine ineffective.
1. A well balanced pool can go 7-10 days between chlorine doses
2. SWG vs. chlorine....chlorine will always be cheaper by a large margin
3. The use of tablets will not make chlorine ineffective. Even a SWG pool will need CYA (cynauric acid, also known as stabilizer/conditioner). Run a SWG pool on zero CYA and you will burn through a 40 lb bag of salt per month!
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Old 01-14-2014, 06:06 AM
 
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Salt water is much better for your skin and hair. I am a girl so I care about these things . Chlorine will damage hair if you swim in it enough and whenever I get out of a chlorinated pool my face feels tight after the water dries if I don't wipe it off right away with a towel because it is so drying. I also always have to wash my hair after swimming in chlorinated water and if I try to brush it before I get in the shower, it tangles badly. Salt water feels silky smooth and doesn't dry my skin out. It also never makes my hair tangle and I don't necessarily have to wash my hair after swimming because it won't be frizzy and gross like it would be with chlorinated water left in it. Same reason I love water softeners in a home: my hair is much smoother with less tangles than with regular water. My last home had one and my next one will too; I really miss it.
Do you have personal experience with a salt water pool or are you talking about your experience with water softeners and relating the two?

I have never personally been in a salt water pool but our pool builder said that there are big misconceptions that people have about salt water pools, and one is that they have soft water.

A salt water pool makes chlorine from the salt vs having to add liquid chlorine but both pools are chlorinated.
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Old 01-14-2014, 06:17 AM
 
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Do you have personal experience with a salt water pool or are you talking about your experience with water softeners and relating the two?

I have never personally been in a salt water pool but our pool builder said that there are big misconceptions that people have about salt water pools, and one is that they have soft water.

A salt water pool makes chlorine from the salt vs having to add liquid chlorine but both pools are chlorinated.
I split time between two pools in different locations, a "Y" with a chlorine pool and a condo pool that is salt water. Both are meticulously maintained. I swim the same routine in each pool.

The SW pool does not begin to irritate my eyes. The chlorine pool makes my eyes burn after a few laps.

The SW pool does not dry out my skin. The chlorine pool has the skin on the soles of my feet cracking within a few days.

The SW pool never fries your hair and makes it frizzy, like a chlorine pool will do.

The SW pool is the same, day after day, morning noon and night while the chlorine pool varies in chlorine concentration. The chlorine pool smells like a swimming pool (chlorine smell), the salt water pool by comparison does not put out an odor.

I don't know the technical or scientific aspects of soft water, but people have the "misconception" that SW pools have soft water BECAUSE IT FEELS THAT WAY.

I do not know what sort of cost differences you are looking at, but there would be no decision for me: salt water all the way.
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