A. A common misconception is that a salt water pool is a chlorine-free pool. A salt water pool is simply a pool that utilizes a chlorine generator to produce chlorine from salt through a process called electrolysis. Pool water passes over a chlorine generator cell and converts salt (sodium chloride) into chlorine (hypochlorous acid). Chlorine comes in multiple forms: liquid, tablet or gas and is by far the most common means of sanitizing pool water.
The advantage of operating a saltwater pool is fewer trips to purchase chlorine supplies. Chlorine generators will produce chlorine constantly when there is sufficient salt in the pool and the equpment functions properly. A constant supply of sanitizer prohibits algae growth.
Chlorine is a very caustic, corrosive chemical and is effective because it attacks anything organic. Unfortunately, it also attacks skin, hair, and eyes of the bathers and is toxic to handle, ingest or breathe. Chlorine also takes its toll on swimming pool liners, swimsuits, and equipment.
Chloramines, a by-product of chlorine and organic waste, are known carcinogens. Unfortunately there is no practical way of preventing chloramines from forming in chlorinated swimming pools.
Maintaining chlorine levels at appropriate levels is a challenge. Residual chlorine is affected by water temperature, rain, pH and volume of swimmers.
At Oasis Pools & Spas we offer you a safe alternative to chlorine! We're pleased to offer a natural mineral-based system called CL FREE COPPER IONIZATION SYSTEM. Please call us to discuss our chlorine-free pool sanitizing system. You'll love this healthy, safer-for-your-family option for keeping your pool sparkling clear!