If you want to add a pool to your backyard, you may be considering a conventional chlorine-treated model. However, a saltwater pool may be the better option, depending on your needs. If you are unsure if this is a reliable choice due to some common misconceptions, below is the truth behind myths surrounding saltwater pools.

What Should You Know About Saltwater Pools?

1. Impossible to Convert

It might surprise you to learn that even if you have a chlorine-treated pool, you can convert it to use saltwater. All you have to do is add a salt system, allowing you to use salt to sanitize the pool, rather than chlorine tablets. While many people think they must drain the pool for this to be effective, you do not have to do this, as the salt creates similar chlorine compounds. You also do not have to swap any major components, such as pumps, filters, or heaters.

2. Lingering Taste

saltwater poolMany people avoid this style of pool because they believe that a saltwater taste will remain if they accidentally get water in their mouths. However, saltwater pools have a much lower salt content than ocean water, which is what many people try to use as a relative comparison. Generally, the salt content is roughly one teaspoon per gallon, which is a similar salinity to human tears. Therefore, you won’t have to worry about a salty taste or stinging eyes.

3. Chemical-Free Alternative

Saltwater filtration systems convert salt into chlorinated cleaning agents to clean your pool and prevent algae. Thus, while the salt replaces chlorine tablets, you’re still using chlorinated compounds to maintain a safe environment with no bacteria. Many people feel the water is less harsh on their hair, skin, and eyes since there are fewer byproducts in these systems. However, you must still balance the pH levels by using additives, such as muriatic acid.


Whether you’re considering a traditional or saltwater pool, Practical Pools & Ponds is your source for top-notch installation and maintenance services. This trusted contractor has been serving Baldwin County, AL, for more than 20 years, and was voted Best Pool Maintenance and Pool Construction in Big Beautiful Baldwin Bests of 2020. See their full list of services online, or call (251) 945-4769 to speak with a team member.