How Does A Saltwater Pool Work?

Saltwater swimming pools are definitely gaining in popularity, and there are some good reasons why that is the case.

But, first of all, just how does a saltwater pool work?

The key element is the salt chlorine generator that is designed to draw dissolved salt from the pool water and convert it into chlorine. The process is called electrolysis.

Technically, the generator produces hypochlorous acid which is the chemical providing the sanitizing/disinfecting/oxidizing element needed to keep your pool clean and clear. Additionally, this process drastically reduces the amounts of chloramines, which are a byproduct of oxidation causing eye irritation and that "chlorine smell" common in non-saltwater pools.

A new pool generally requires the addition of 40-50 pounds of salt for every 2,000 gallons of water. Then it is a matter of checking the pool's chemistry on a regular basis to monitor the work of the generator. The initial cost of a generator is usually between $600 and $2,000. But the ongoing costs are less than with a traditional chlorine pool, approximately $50-100 a year versus $250-300.

Many people have the misconception that a salt pool is comparable to swimming in the ocean. However, a typical saltwater pool has approximately 300 parts per million of salt, roughly 1/10th ocean levels. So in essence, the salt is virtually unnoticeable.

Saltwater pools provide a clear, smooth swim with lower annual costs, no chlorine smell and they're gentler on the skin and eyes.

At we can answer all your questions if you're considering purchasing a saltwater pool or converting your existing pool. We have several generators to choose from, along with a broad selection of swimming pools that are appropriate for saltwater systems.

We also have a complete selection of pool accessories and also offer free shipping and convenient financing. has been delivering family fun since 1990 and we look forward to serving your outdoor recreation needs. Browse our compelte line of salt generators or give us a call at 800-250-5502 to learn more!