Asset Management Software: Converting to a Saltwater Pool

September 23, 2014
1 min

When it comes to being eco-friendly as well as keeping your guests happy, many hotel owners are deciding to convert their chlorine swimming pools to saltwater pools. This is an ideal swimming environment for guests if pool maintenance and upkeep is kept up with just as much as a traditional chlorine pool and does not fall to the “set it and forget it” mindset.


A saltwater pool gets its chlorine naturally by a generator that releases chlorine gas into the water from the salt and this is done through electrolysis. Under ideal conditions, this makes the pool water the exact same composition as our tears, which is around 3200 parts per million or PPM. To give an idea of how perfect this can be for swimmers, even ocean water has around 35,000 PPM and we all know how chlorine can sting.


Pros and Cons

However, there are a few things to keep in mind before switching. Of course there is the cost involved but a few of the main things to keep in mind are upkeep. While a saltwater pool may not be any more physical upkeep than a chlorine pool, it can pose problems if employees believe that the generator does all of the work, but that is something your asset management software could help you determine.   This is a common occurrence sometimes because since chlorine does not have to be added, the water is seemingly perfect but this is simply not true.

Algae control is paramount to a saltwater pool. The generator cannot make the chlorine fast enough if the algae gets out of control due to the equipment not being maintained. You may have to turn it up or make adjustments but either way, you cannot simply assume it's working properly on its own without maintenance.


Chemical Balance

Another issue is cyanuric acid which typically is lower in a saltwater pool and causes your chlorine to get burned off by the sun. The issue is that too much cyanuric acid not only can ruin your plaster on your pool but it can mess up your other chemical balances and even cause skin irritations to your guests.


Also Read: Preventive Maintenance for your Pool


Lastly, a saltwater pool does raise the power bill significantly.  If you are considering the switch, these are a few things to keep in mind. However, a saltwater pool is definitely a crowd-pleaser that your guests will love – just keep in mind that it needs as much maintenance care as a chlorine pool.

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