Winter Pool Care Tips

You don’t need the calendar to tell you that our most favorite time of the year has arrived in Phoenix. Your windows can stay open at night, Christmas carols are playing on an endless loop at the crowded stores and malls, and of course, the pool that is suddenly staying crystal clear and clean for more than a day or two is subtly mocking you from its placement in your backyard! These are all signs that winter in Arizona has arrived, and as much as you may be enjoying your time away from the yard chores, there are still a few things you need to know and do to ensure that your pool and the equipment that runs it will enjoy a long and fruitful life. This guide to winter Arizona pool care tips will keep it simple, so don’t worry; you will be back at the stores seeking the perfect Christmas gifts before long!

Utility Bills That Are Even Lower

We desert dwellers wait the entire year for bills that drop below the triple digits, and it is possible to reduce the run time for the pool pump (including the new and improved variable speed pump that has made pool care so much simpler) as the temperature drops below the triple digits as well. Lower the speed, lower the hours run, and live the low-cost utility life, and if you really want to save, you can practically eliminate the addition of free chlorine (liquid or granular) and control chlorine levels mostly by just floating tabs. Are you beginning to understand where this is all going? All the tips we at New Image Landscape and Pools are offering allow you to save money for the more important things in life, and that, of course, means the all-important Christmas presents!

Are There Any Changes for My Saltwater Pool?

Saltwater pools are the hottest development in pool construction, and yes, there are some things you will need to do differently for your private saltwater pool as well. First and foremost, it is advised to disable a salt cell when the water temperature drops below 50 degrees, which probably happened sometime in mid-October, because we all know that even though the daylight temperatures were running around 90 to 100 degrees, when the sun set, our less insulated friends were turning on their heaters in their homes and the pool temperatures were taking a nosedive. Today’s more advanced salt systems disable themselves when the water drops to below 50 but will continue to come on to check the water temperature. Disabling it will prolong the life of your salt cell, and although it may not save you money immediately, not having to buy a new salt cell sooner will make your bank account very happy!

What About the Alkalinity and pH Levels?

The hardest part of pool maintenance is keeping all the chemicals at the correct range, and when cooler weather arrives, there will be more to consider. You already know that you can concentrate less on the chlorine levels, but you may not know that it also increases the need for attention to your alkalinity and pH levels. Cooler water can increase the pH levels in a pool, so be sure to keep your alkalinity balanced, thereby helping maintain a better pH level. There is such a thing as too much of a good thing, however, and it is important to make sure you don’t add more than two cups of acid to the pool in a 24-hour period. Muriatic acid and sodium bicarbonate (alkalinity increaser) can neutralize one another. Too much adjustment on the alkalinity can increase pH, and too much acid can decrease alkalinity.

The Bottom Line On Arizona Pool Care

Too many people stop paying as much attention to their pools in the wintertime because the pool isn’t their highest priority when not in use, but the pool needs just as much attention all year round to have healthy water, interior surface, and a smooth-running equipment system. This might be the perfect time to catch up on any maintenance issues that the heat made you ignore, ensuring it will be ready to use again before swim season starts, much like you would for your air conditioning. You will want to check for and repair any leaks you find around the pump and filter area. If you have a D.E. or a cartridge-style filter, it’s a good idea to break them down and clean them. Having a healthy pool going into the swim season can help avoid any costly and rushed repairs that might be needed for that first summer swim party you have planned.

If you are starting to worry that all this is a little too involved for the amount of time you have to spare during the busy Christmas season, give us a call. New Image Landscape and Pools has all the time necessary to ensure your pool is ready to be used again when the warmer months roll back around!

Pool Tile and Deck Guide

As summer winds down and the fall months start to slowly bring the scorching temperatures down to a heat that we can handle, you may have finally reached the end of your rope. You have made the decision to not go through another season of unbearable heat without a pool to help cool your body and your temper, and because you understand the supply issues the entire country has been dealing with, you have probably already started the construction process. As a matter of fact, you may right now be at the point of choosing finishing touches such as the tiles that will trim your crystal-clear pool and the decking that surrounds your backyard oasis. These decisions may seem decorative, but the reality is they are very important ones to make, especially as you need the decking to stay as cool as possible and you want something in the pool that makes it look beautiful but is easy to maintain. This guide to Arizona pool tile and deck options will help make the decision easy!

The Jewelry for Your Arizona Pool

Pool tiles come in many shapes, sizes, styles, and designs, and although they do increase the beauty of your pool, they also can help in a small way to keep the water cooler, especially when you choose a ceramic or porcelain tile that doesn’t absorb heat. This classic choice comes in every color under the sun, allowing pool owners to get a little crazy, should they choose.

Glass tiles come in small squares and are a little more involved when it comes to installation. Adding an iridescent look to your backyard lagoon, it can take up to four to six weeks to complete the installation, but because the glass is recycled and the end look is breathtaking, it may be the option that makes you happiest! Also available in mosaic, today’s pool owners are discovering that they can add a sea turtle or mermaid to the floor of the pool, upping the cool factor immensely! Mosaic tiles may come in a variety of glass and ceramic and can really add that finishing touch of perfection to your design, just as a pair of earrings or a beautiful bracelet finishes off the outfit you choose to wear for a night on the town.

Our final option for the day is stone tiles, which give your pool an elegantly natural appearance. They can be a little more expensive and require more maintenance, but their simple beauty can change the look of your yard! Stone is porous and water can damage it, so you will need to seal it every couple of years, but if you are good with the extra work, it is a wonderfully natural choice.

Keeping It Cool and Safe

Now it is time to walk over and explore the decking options that are open to you, and as we mentioned earlier, this can be one of the most important decisions you make, as you must consider slipperiness and temperature. Midwesterners are probably used to wood pool decks that surround their above ground pools, but neither are a very good option in the arid desert environment, so we are going to stick to the common desert choices.

The coolest of all your choices will be, of course, the textured spray coatings you see on most of the pools in the state. It offers one of the lower costs and comes in a variety of colors and styles, so feel free to get a little creative! Pavers are another budget conscious choice, again offering a variety of colors and styles to ensure your pool is unlike any other, but some can be too slippery, and others can absorb too much heat, so if you make this decision, we can sit and talk with you about what you need to watch out for and which choices are best.

Our last decking choice of the day can add a dramatic look to your backyard and also happens to be something we have already discussed. Natural stone can “flow” from the pool trim to the pool deck and can create a cohesive look that appeals to all those who crave order and symmetry in their lives! Offering everything from slate to sandstone to travertine—the most common out here in the desert, as it doesn’t absorb heat—the beauty of stone can make your yard the envy of your neighborhood!

So Much More

Your choices for pool tile and decking are only limited by your imagination and your budget, and obviously, the items we talked about here are just the beginning! Give us a call today and let’s work together to create a pool design that will bring you pleasure for years to come.

Getting Your Pool Ready for the Winter Season

You do not have to look at a calendar to know that winter is nearly here. The days are growing shorter, the temperatures have dropped from sizzling to merely warm, and your pool water is heading towards being chilly again! Of course, as we move further into the season, the pool becomes more decorative as the cooler nights lower the water temperature even further. Before long, your swimsuits will be washed and tucked away in the back of your closet and Christmas celebrations will replace pool parties, but if you want to keep your pool in prime condition for next year, there is a little more you will need to do. We at New Image Landscape and Pools are here to help. This guide to getting your pool ready for the winter season will ensure your pool will be ready for that first dip of the 2021 pool season!

First Winter with Your New Pool?

Pools are pretty low maintenance in the winter, as we dirty humans are not spoiling the crystal clear waters with oils and dirt and the sun does not burn off the chlorine as quickly as it does in the summer, but there are still some things you will need to do to keep it looking as gorgeous as it does today. It’s time to reduce the filter pump run time, which will benefit your wallet as well! Who does not enjoy smaller electric bills? If you are curious as to why, the answer is simple: Cooler waters create a less friendly host to bacteria and algae, so there is no need to expend any extra energy!

Like a Teeter Totter

In the winter months you will discover that your chlorine demand lowers, but the pH demand rises (like a teeter totter), requiring you to keep an eye on the levels. Adding muriatic acid will keep the pH levels in check. In the summer, chlorine demand rises and pH and alkalinity lowers, as to be expected. In any case, the recommended levels run between 7.4 and 7.6. When adding muriatic acid to adjust pH, try not to add more than two cups of acid to the pool in a 24-hour period. Remember, however, these chemicals can be dangerous when mishandled, so be mindful of wet and cold days when adding the acid. The chemical can react with the moisture in the air, creating a mist that is extremely dangerous when inhaled, so wait until the weather becomes sunny and dry again to ensure safety when correcting the pH levels. Another helpful winterizing tip involves getting your alkalinity healthy before summer starts, helping you maintain a more consistent pH level. This is achieved by adding sodium bicarbonate, a substance which you may recognize by its more common name of baking soda. In doing so, you will prevent your alkalinity levels from being thrown out of whack.

Servicing Your System

We are human, and as we go into our backyards less, we tend to forget that maybe our pool might need some extra care. Out of sight and out of mind, they often get neglected, but you can lessen the damage by thoroughly servicing your system before winter begins! Flushing out your filter is the first step, followed by cleaning out your pump and skimmer baskets, and finishing up the service by balancing the chemicals to proper winter levels is a simple way to keep it clean, clear, and issue-free the entire season. The best levels will be as follows: Chlorine should 1.5 parts per million, pH should be between 7.4 and 7.6, and the alkalinity should be as close to 80 parts per million as possible.

Put It on Your Calendar

If you follow these tips, your pool should be nearly maintenance-free during the winter months, but that does not mean you can completely ignore it. Although we do not have them often in the desert, storms can blow debris into the pool, clogging baskets and your automatic pool cleaner and messing with the chemical levels. To avoid unwelcome surprises on that first warm day of the year, you can add pool check to your Google calendar, setting the timer to go off at a time when you know you will be home from work!

Keep Your Yard in Shape All year

Although these next steps involve winterizing your yard more than the pool, it does not hurt to check them off your winter to-do list as well. This is the perfect season to clean and cover your furniture, paint the trim on your gazebo, and do any necessary repairs to pool equipment or even the pool deck. Give us a call today and let’s work together on the process of winterizing your pool!

Summer Pool Maintenance Tips

For those of you who rely on calendars to inform you of the changing of the seasons, you may be a little surprised when you step outside your Phoenix abode and are hit in the face by extreme heat. In Arizona, we use calendars as ways of marking off the days until the cool weather returns, and we know summer officially arrived back in April with the advent of temperatures that reached the century mark! Because of the extreme summer temps, many Arizonans also know how to extend their outdoor play time as they spend hours hanging out by the pool. Unfortunately, the higher utilization of our watery playgrounds also means more pool maintenance. New Image Landscape and Pools knows your pain, and as such, we have created this guide to summer pool maintenance tips in order to help you spend more time in the water and less time hanging out by the equipment trying to keep the pool clean and safe!

A Little Extra Effort

Summer swim season is one of our favorite times of the year, but as we stated earlier, more use leads to more effort in keeping our pools swim ready! The warmer water is a perfect environment for algae and bacteria growth, so running the pool pump and filter helps to continuously turn the water over during the heat of the day to keep it from getting stagnant. You’ll know if you aren’t running the equipment long enough by the appearance of algae growth in the top 8 to 10 inches from the surface. Another thing to look out for is sun exposure; just as moss grows on the north side of a tree, algae will makes its appearance on the south side of the pool.

The More you Swim the More Pool Maintenance

Socializing with pool parties is very popular in the desert, but this activity comes with one major drawback. A heavy swim load can be the biggest element affecting your pool’s cleanliness and beauty. More bodies in the pool will cause a serious strain on your sanitizing chemicals as the body oils, sweat, and more will affect the chemistry of the pool. Many people believe that the problem can be solved by just dumping some extra chlorine in the water, but there’s more that needs to be done. Using more chlorine in you pool more often causes larger swings in the balance of other chemicals in the pool, such as the pH and alkalinity of the water. A happy pool requires a balance of chemicals, and if you overload one it will quickly be evident by the appearance of the water. Testing kits make it easier to determine which chemicals are lacking and of which there is an abundance; these are sold at most pool and home improvement stores.

Plant Growth is Only Pretty on Land

Everyone loves a beautiful garden, but vegetation growth is of a huge concern for pool water health. When plants and flowers are in bloom, winds pick up pollen, dust, and grass clippings from your yard and your neighbor’s yard and quickly deposit them where you really don’t want them to be—in your pool. It’s important to be mindful of what plants you put in your yard, or more specifically the pool area. Things that drop or shed a lot of debris or pollen can be counterintuitive to a healthy pool, because these particles supply the unwanted algae with a food source, turning your pool a most unlovely shade of green, yellow, or in worst case scenarios, black.

Phosphates can be chemically and safely removed from your pool water with a bottle of phosphate removal, such as Orenda Pr-10,000 Phosphate Remover Concentrate For Swimming Pools or Natural Chemistry Phosfree Extra Strength Phosphate Remover For Pools, both of which can be ordered online. These chemicals are relatively inexpensive and are imperative to keeping your pool sanitized, healthy, and swim-ready as we delve deeper into the hotter months of summer!

Dust Storms Can Wreak Havoc

That wall of dust you see rolling towards the valley on the news in July and August isn’t just dangerous to drive in; it can seriously wreak havoc with the cleanliness of your pool. Although there’s no way to prevent the storms, your quick response to the weather will help keep your pool in tip top shape. As soon as it’s safe to go out to the pool after a big storm, manually skimming the pool with a net and telescoping pole will be the biggest thing you can do to save your equipment and keep the green from developing.

So What Have We Learned?

As fun as having your own pool can be, responsible pool ownership involves a certain amount of maintenance, especially during the summer months. Warm stagnant water, sun exposure, improperly balanced water, bodies swimming and vegetation can all make an impact on having a clean and safe swimming environment for you and your family. If you’re still having problems keeping your pool swim-ready, give us a call today and we can work together to fix all your summer maintenance issues!



Getting Your Pool Ready for Winter

There are many great things about living in the Phoenix area: wonderful weather, swimming seasons that last far longer than most other places, and, if you own a pool, not a lot of maintenance is necessary to get your pool ready for the “harsh” winter months that lie ahead! There are a few pool maintenance things, however, that will help extend the life of your equipment and keep your pool running crystal clear through the sunny days of winter, anxiously awaiting the day that you will dip your toes into its cool waters once again!

Pool Maintenance You Won’t Need to Do

First on the list is what you DON’T need to do when preparing your pool for the winter season. You won’t have to run the pump nearly as long as you do during the heat of summer, which in turn lowers the effect the pump has on your monthly utility bills! You also won’t need to use as much chemicals as you do in the summer—but be sure to keep an eye on the acidity of your pool; the pH demands tend to rise in colder weather and more acid will be needed.

What to Do When Temperatures Drop

If the pool’s total dissolved solids are in the high range, chances are it’s time to empty and refill; pools should be emptied every other year, and this is the perfect time to do so, as the surface of the pool won’t be damaged when exposed to the cooler weather. If your pool floor is stained, this time of year is when you can acid wash to help the pool return to its former glory. When summer rears its ugly head once more, your backyard oasis will be more than ready to do its job of keeping you cool and happy—even on the hottest days of the year!

Things to Watch for Over the Winter Months

Pools with heaters allow you to extend the swimming season, but when it’s time to turn on those heaters, you need to check a few things in the cabinet of your heater first. Rodents and rabbits love dark and cozy places to raise their young, and a pool heater cabinet can be just like a luxury condo! Colorful wires make soft beds and sharp rodent teeth will chew them easily, so be sure to doublecheck that nothing has moved into your heater! Also, check the top cover of the heater for leaves and other debris and clear off any that is found; a fire can and will start if this step is skipped, and the consequences can be catastrophic.

Give Us a Call Today

We at New Image Landscape and Pools can help keep your pool in tip top shape so it will be ready for you when bikini weather rolls around once again! Call us today for all the help you need with your pool and tips for winter pool maintenance.

Fall Maintenance Tips for Your Pool and Landscape

As the temperatures drop and the leaves turn to their brilliant fall colors, we in Arizona grab our warm sweaters and sigh a deep breath of relief that the end of summer has arrived—oh, who are we kidding? If you’ve lived in the desert for any length of time, you understand that fall temperatures aren’t truly cool until after Halloween. We still have quite a while to go before we pull out the sweaters and long pants, but there are still some important upkeep matters we can take care of once the temperatures drop below 100 degrees, and our tips will ensure your Arizona landscape and pool will be beautiful all year long!

The Bounty of Your Fall Arizona Landscape

Fall, or at least after the monsoon season has ended and the triple digits have dropped to double digits, is the perfect time to start work on the landscape that more than likely you have neglected due to the heat! Fall is when we fertilize to keep the ground healthy, but it is also the best time to start planting flowers and that vegetable garden you’ve dreamed of starting for years. Now is when you work on maintaining your trees: planting new ones, staking young ones, or pruning branches before the “cold” weather of winter begins. If you’re anxious for your yard to look colorful, this is the time when the fall annuals bloom; pick up a bowl or flat from your local home store and your yard will soon become a breathtaking display that will be the envy of all your neighbors!

Keeping That Pool Pretty

When we are actively swimming in the pool in the summer, we tend to be a tad more vigilant about keeping up with the chemicals and other routine maintenance, but once we aren’t out there as much, we kind of forget the pool exists. Out of sight, out of mind can lead to unwanted consequences; it’s easier and less expensive to maintain a balanced pool than it is to play catch up with the chemicals!

For those with heated pools, there will be no change in chemical additives, but for non-heated pools, you CAN step back on the chemicals you add. Draining your pool at the end of fall, once the ambient temperature has dropped below 80 degrees, is something that should be done every other year or every couple of years to keep your pool equipment working in prime condition and lessen the hard water stains on your pool walls.

We Can Help

Give us a call today and let New Image Landscape and Pools help get your Arizona landscape ready for the next season!

How to Keep Your Pool Chemicals Balanced

Whether you have just purchased a home with a pre-existing pool or you have just completed the building process of your brand new one, the number one fear most pool owners have is how to keep the pool looking clear, blue, and clean without having to do a lot of work! We understand completely. A pool with unbalanced chemicals is more than just an unsightly mess; it can bring along a host of problems that include odors, insects, and sickness. But if you follow these special tips our wonderful staff at New Image Landscape and Pools have provided for your convenience, you’ll soon discover pool ownership is even better than you dreamed it could be with the proper pool maintenance!

Start with a Clean Base

Maintaining a chemically balanced pool can be difficult if the water is old. There are different schools of thought as to how often a pool should be drained, but we think it should be drained at a minimum once every other year. Starting with a clean base allows the chemicals to do their job, which makes your job easier!

Frequent Testing

Department stores, grocery stores, and pool stores all sell testing kits that make it easy to determine if your chemicals are balanced. Simply dip the tester in the water and add the drops that come with the kit and compare the color of the water against the chart provided. Also have your water tested for total dissolved solids; without testing and treatment, the water soon becomes unmanageable! Checking your levels frequently allows you to keep ahead of any problems instead of trying to play catch-up with a green pool.

Keep the Pump Well Maintained and Running Enough Hours

Keeping the pump well maintained and running is as important as using the correct chemicals. Remember: The number of hours you run your pump will change with the seasons! In the summer when the temperatures are high and your family is spending a lot more time enjoying the benefits of its cooling waters, the pump should be run more frequently—approximately one hour per 10 degrees of ambient temperature during the heat of the day to keep algae from flourishing. In the winter months, running just a few hours a day is all that will be needed to keep your pool balanced and clean.

Contact a Professional 

When all else fails, contact a professional! We at New Image Landscape and Pools want our customers to be happy with their new pools, and if we built yours, we will be happy to guide you through the process! Give us a call today and let’s figure out together what we can do to help with your pool maintenance to keep your pool balanced and your family happy.

Winterizing Your Pool in Arizona

For many pool owners in America, the approach of fall means it is time to shut the pool down for the winter. Here in Arizona, winter has a different meaning, but if you aren’t going to use your pool very often during the winter, you may want to shut it down, as keeping it open year-round requires extra maintenance. Maintaining proper pH levels can be more difficult during the winter, as the colder temperatures can cause these levels to increase much more quickly. Here is out guide on winterizing your pool.

Balancing Your Pool’s pH Levels

Balancing the pH levels in your pool is extremely important. If you don’t, your pool could develop stains and algae could begin to grow, which can cause many different problems. You should check your pool’s pH levels about once a week. If you would like help with checking your pool’s pH levels, we offer weekly pool maintenance services. Once you’ve properly balanced your pool’s pH levels, you can cut down on the amount of chlorine you put into your pool. Ultraviolet rays from the sun help evaporate the chlorine in your pool. During the winter the sun’s rays aren’t as strong, so you don’t need to add chlorine as often.

Covering Pool

There are several advantages to covering your pool during the winter. Pool covers prevent chlorine from evaporating out of the water as quickly since the sun’s UV rays will not be directly hitting the water. Pool covers are also useful in keeping your pool free of debris. Before you put the cover over your pool, you want to make sure all debris is out of the water. You should do this by using a pool skimmer, vacuum, and brushes.

How to Winterize Your Pool

The first thing you will want to do when winterizing your pool is to check your pool’s chemical levels. This includes the pH level, calcium hardness, and chlorine levels. Once you have adjusted the chemical levels in the water, you will want to make sure the pool is completely clean. You’ll want to brush, vacuum, and skim the sides and bottom of the pool as well as scrub any oils off the pool tiles. Make sure to also clean out the skimmer basket, filter, and pump basket.

Our Pool Maintenance Services

If you would like help with preparing your pool for the winter, or with weekly maintenance and chemical level balances, we offer pool maintenance services. We have been working on pools in the area for more than three decades and can help you with all of your pool upkeep and maintenance needs. For more information, please contact us today!

5 Pool Maintenance Tips

As summer draws near, its time to stop looking at the water-filled hole in the ground as a constant reminder of all the things you need to do and start looking at it as the summer oasis you’ve always intended. We tend to get a little lazy about pool maintenance during the winter months because we don’t put the time IN the pool. As long as it isn’t green and too debris-filled, many feel they’ve done what needs to be done and can slack off until warmer days. Well, warmer days are here; isn’t it time you got serious again about your pool maintenance? Here’s a list of the top five pool maintenance tips that will help your pool get back to sparkling in no time!

Net, Pole, and a Brush

It’s time to start with the basics. Every pool owner should have these three tools in their pool tool arsenal, and while there’s nothing overly exciting about skimming and sweeping down the sides of your pool every day, there’s a lot of zen to be found in the simple motions required.

Proper Chemicals

The proper balance of chemicals is crucial to the continued good health of your pool equipment. Test kits can be bought at any pool or home improvement stores, or you can hire a pool service like New Image Landscape and Pools to do the hard work while you sit back and reap the benefits!

Equipment Maintenance

Keeping your pool equipment in good shape is equally important. No matter how diligent you are about skimming, brushing, and keeping the chemicals balanced, if you don’t keep your equipment in good repair, all your efforts won’t help a bit. Adding a backwash hose to your pool tools will help extend the life of your pool; when the pressure goes up, backwashing the pool water helps bring it back down.

Keep Dogs Out of Pools

A dog can be as dirty as one hundred people jumping in your pool at once; can you imagine what that might do to your filtration system?

Maintaining Greenery Around Pools

Another important tip to maintaining a clean and clear pool is in maintaining the landscaping that surrounds it. Do not plant deciduous trees, or ANY trees, for that matter, any closer than eight feet away from the pool; the leaves they shed can clog your pool equipment, and the root systems from the trees can break pipes and lift decking, causing thousands of dollars in repairs.

Pool Ownership Can Be Rewarding

But pool maintenance can also be a lot of very hard work. Give us a call today and schedule an appointment to see what we can do to put the fun back in your pool parties and take the burdens away!

Top Benefits of a Salt Water Pool System

Many people enjoy having a pool in their backyard, but if you have ever owned one, you know how much work goes into it. Most residential pools are maintained through a mixture of harsh chemicals like chlorine, but if you want the beauty of a pool without adding harsh chemicals, you should try a salt water pool. Here are just some of the benefits that come with salt water pool systems.

Gentle on Eyes and Skin

One of the main benefits of a salt water system is a drastically lower amount of chemicals required to maintain it. Chlorine levels are generally lower with a salt generator. People who are sensitive to chlorine often report fewer irritations when using a salt water system. Say goodbye to green hair, dried out skin, and eye irritation.

Safer Than Chlorine

In tablet or liquid form, chlorine can be dangerous to store and transport. Studies have shown that chlorinated water may also pose a long-term health risk, which may not apply to salt water systems to the same extent. Based on the lower amount of harsh chemicals, there is a lower risk of long term health problems from a salt water pool as opposed to a chlorinated one.

The Water Feels Softer

If you have a water softener in your home, you know that the addition of salt makes water feel smooth and silky to the touch, much like rain water. Most people prefer this to the sometimes-abrasive feel of chlorinated water. The salt added to the water literally makes the water softer, providing you with a less harsh and more relaxing feel. This softer water leaves you feeling more hydrated and has you worrying less about the hard-chemical abrasion.

Less Maintenance

The best benefit of all! Pool maintenance is more “hands-off” with a salt water system, as the salt cell simply produces chlorine as needed. That said, you still have to monitor chlorine levels periodically to make sure everything is working okay, but most of the heavy lifting is done through the pool system. The system uses a process called electrolysis to create minimal amounts of chlorine that allow your system to stay fresh and clean, but won’t provide nearly as much chemical impact on your experience. You check the levels and pretty much forget about all the maintenance, cleaning, and monitoring required by standard chlorine systems.