Salt water pools have become something of a trend recently, with more people than ever before asking about the feasibility of installing such a pool in their backyard. For those who are truly curious, Pinnacle Pool Services in Atlanta would like to help answer a few questions for you. Namely, we can give you a quick info sheet on one of salt water pools’ biggest drawbacks: salt water pool corrosion.
What’s a Salt Water Pool, and Should I Get One?
The short answer: Pinnacle Pool does not recommend it. Basically, a salt water pool is like any other—though instead of adding chlorine regularly to your pool, an actual salt water chlorination system produces and keeps chlorine levels at reasonable levels for you. While this can save you some money in the long run, these specialized systems can be expensive to install, and repair costs aren’t much cheaper either.
For a more detailed list on the pros and cons of owning a salt water pool, be sure to check out our analysis at Pinnacle Pool.
What Is Salt Water Corrosion?
More than almost anything else, the corrosive elements of salt water are the major disadvantages for anyone thinking about installing a salt water pool. To be perfectly fair, both regular chlorine and salt can be corrosive, especially to metals such as in pool ladders. The issue with salt, however, is that it can be excessively harsh in higher dosages and will not only corrode metals (stainless steel, aluminum and copper, especially) but will also ruin pool finishes.
If you have flagstone or concrete finishes anywhere around your salt water pool, you can expect that to wear away steadily over time. The same goes for tile finishes you may have installed in your pool. The real damage, however, is done to any pool equipment you may have running. Most commonly, this equipment will develop leaks and require immediate attention.
How Do I Treat Salt Water Pool Corrosion?
This is a hard question to answer. In all honesty, salt water corrosion is not necessarily something you can just wipe up, and by the time you notice it, it’s usually time to replace the affected surface or item. Either that or you’ll need to hire a professional cleaning company to do the job. This is where you start to find some of the big costs associated with salt water pools.
The best advice for existing salt water pool homeowners is to be diligent. As with any pool owner, stay on top of chlorine and other chemical levels in your pool by regularly checking it. Should you start to notice potential corrosion-related issues, contact a professional to help assess the damage.
Who Can I Contact in Atlanta?
If you have further questions about salt water pool installation or how to combat salt water pool corrosion, please feel free to reach out to a specialist at Pinnacle Pool Services in Atlanta. We can teach you all you need to know about the drawbacks of salt water pools as well as walk you through how to deal with salt water corrosion.
We look forward to hearing from you!