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Salt Water or Chlorine pool?       started by Gill+Mark+Girls on 03 Feb 2010   (22537)
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From Gill+Mark+Girls

03 Feb 2010 10:31 PM
(107435)
Hello All We have never had a swimming pool but are looking to get one installed this year. We have no idea whether to go for a salt water or chlorine pool. Can anyone please advise the pros/cons of each. Many thanks Gill
From callum1965

To Gill+Mark+Girls

04 Feb 2010 12:17 AM
(107436)
Salt water is very expensive when you first build rather than chlorine but will long term save. During pool usage the salt water will produce its own chlorine anyway by from running through the electric filter, you should contact a pool installer as it also depends on the volume of water required and how often you will use. salt is better for skin, eyes and hair also due to lower chlorine and higher PH levels.The salt water is very low maintenance and salt is cheaper than chlorine. You could also talk to a fitter regarding the natural pool water system. filters are cheap also. The salt wins for me.... need more money first though.
From jimboman

To Gill+Mark+Girls

04 Feb 2010 7:44 AM
(107439)
Salt water is easy peasy. Just chuck a few bags of salt in every year and the jobs done. Your eyes won't sting, your skin won't dry out and your hair won't turn green. The salt water passes through a chlorinator device which converts salt to chlorine and sanitises the water as it is filtered. Your pool chlorine levels are very low as the chlorine is destroyed by sunlight etc. once the water gets back into the pool. Some people are tempted to add chlorine to the pool as well, because their test kits show low levels in the pool itself, but the chlorine is doing its' job in the filter and return pipes. In the two years we have had our pool, I have only put in four bags of salt and half a cup of dry acid to adjust the PH.
From simonc

To Gill+Mark+Girls

04 Feb 2010 6:39 PM
(107440)
I spent $60 on Tuesday for chemicals (plus $50 on 5 bags salt and stabiliser) to get rid of some persistent black spot in my salt pool, but it is my fault really, I left the blanket on for a couple of weeks and it got up to about 37 degrees and I didnt clean it for a month or so and it wasnt too happy after that. Saying that, thats all I've spent on it in a year. It is pretty easy to look after so long as I clean it every now and then and keep the PH right. One word of advice, take pool shop advice with another pinch of salt and if possible go to one that has been recommended. My local shop is run by cowboys who have had far too much of my cash. After getting quoted and given the hard sell for a couple of big ticket items (blanket and filter, mine blew up - just bad luck!), I got a couple of recommendations one from Aussiemove and one from someone in the know and they beat their quote by almost a third. Following that I decided to ignore the local shops recommendation of getting them to test the water monthly, and do just the basic kit tests and adjustments myself only going to a [trustworthy] shop when something looked wrong. Apart from a few bucks to clear up minor problems created by my own neglect, all good. Since then I have heard from more than one person in the industry that they make about 90 % of their money from people new to pools. The two companies recommended are: http://www.klen.com.au/html/onl03.php?cat=Pool%20Products This company does pool stuff as a sideline their main business and have been really helpful. Only thing is they are in Wangara and not open weekends. http://www.bestpricepoolequipment.com.au/ These people were brilliant, they supplied me with a new filter considerably cheaper than two local shops and really know their stuff. Regarding actual pool sales, I cant help, mine was there already.
From Gill+Mark+Girls

To simonc

04 Feb 2010 6:42 PM
(107441)
Thanks to everyone for the comments/advice on which pool to go for - much appreciated
From jimboman

To simonc

04 Feb 2010 7:31 PM
(107442)
A good test kit to get is the 'insta test'. It is simply a tube full of strips (50), with indicator pads on each strip. You take a strip out of the tube, swirl it round in the water and then hold it against the chart. The three indicator pads will change colour and you can then match them against the colours on the chart. I know a few people who get their pools tested by the pool shops, and they always seem to come away with about $80 worth of chemicals.
From simonc

To jimboman

04 Feb 2010 7:50 PM
(107443)
'I know a few people who get their pools tested by the pool shops, and they always seem to come away with about $80 worth of chemicals.' Yep, that was me, learnt the hard way... now it is 60 a year.
From Marshy

To simonc

05 Feb 2010 12:27 AM
(107444)
We go regularly to our local pool shop the whole year round. We have never been ripped off. Pools and Spas r u s in Edgewater is run by a couple of english blokes and they are professional and I thoroughly recommend if you are in that area.
From jimboman

To Marshy

05 Feb 2010 7:41 AM
(107447)
We know someone who was using the pool shop in Warnbro who regularly ended up forking out for this that and the other. He recently started going to a new pool shop in Port Kennedy, and all they have told him to do so far is add a $6 bag of salt. Our pool is only 6m x 3m yet we know people with pools twice as big who have the same capacity filter and pump. Our pool water is always bang on the mark when we test it and apart from a bit of acid after we first filled it two years ago, all that has gone in is a few bags of salt. Maybe it is worth going for a higher grade filter and pump on installation when considering a larger pool.
From simonc

To Marshy

05 Feb 2010 11:14 AM
(107450)
Cheers Marshy, its good to know a place closer than Wangara.
From Kieren

To simonc

05 Feb 2010 11:59 AM
(107451)
I recommend 'Pools & Spas R Us' in Edgewater too. Top blokes, excellent service and advice. KIEREN