Swimming pools had their illustrious start as part of public bathing houses throughout the world. Filtration and frequent changing of the water were common sterilization techniques prior to the advent of chemical cleaners. The mastery of the use of chlorine and filtration in the early 20th century coincided with the rise of swimming as a valued form of physical fitness. Public swimming pools became extremely common, and residential swimming pools became quite popular.
Chlorine, in its many forms, became the leader in pool sterilization in commercial and home swimming pools throughout United States during the 20th century. Owners of chlorine pools today will regularly check the pH level (amount of acidity or alkalinity) and add chlorine tablets accordingly. The chlorine will sterilize living organisms such as bacteria, mold, or mildew, and make the water safe for swimming.
Saltwater pools have become a trendy alternative to traditional chlorine pools. Salt is dissolved via the process of electrolysis to cleanse and sanitize the water. Like chlorine pools, the pH levels must be regularly maintained. Saltwater pools naturally create a certain amount of chlorine, but in much lower doses than are used in traditional chlorine pools. Due to the lower amount of chemicals, the water in a saltwater pools is also gentler to the skin and generally kinder to swimwear fabrics.
How much maintenance involved with both types of pools are affected some external factors: the amount of rain, temperature, the amount of backwashing, water loss, size of the pool, and overall use of the pool. Additionally, saltwater pools tend to have a higher upfront cost and diminish significantly over time while chlorine pools tend to have higher though steady maintenance costs.
When deciding on the type of pool you want, choose what is best for you to enjoy your personal pool oasis. Contact your experts at Aqua Blue Pools to discuss the best pool option for you.
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