Saltwater pools have grown rapidly in popularity in years – and it’s no surprise.  With reduced costs, upkeep and better health benefits, many Michigan homeowners are making the switch.  If you’re thinking about making the change from chlorine to salt, this article is for you.  Check out how you can convert your inground freshwater pool to saltwater by the summer:

How is Saltwater Better Than Chlorine?

From reduced maintenance costs to better health and beauty benefits,  .  With owning a saltwater pool, you can reduce your annual chemical costs by 800% – a steal if you’re planning on staying in your home long-term.  Plus, saltwater pools are known to help decrease stress, anxiety, and allergy symptoms with therapeutic salt qualities.

Is it Possible to Convert My Current Pool to Saltwater?

The short answer is yes.  It’s possible to convert your current pool to saltwater, but it may come with some upfront installation costs.  You can expect to pay between $600 and $2,600 to convert a traditional chlorinated pool to a saltwater system, depending on the size and shape.  After the initial saltwater system installation, annual salt maintenance typically costs ~$100 in comparison to ~$800 for chlorinated pools.  So, you’ll recoup your saltwater installation costs within three years of the transition.

Preparing for Your Swimming Pool Conversion

  • Drain Your Pool – Although you don’t have to drain your pool water, we always recommend you do. If you’re using an antibacterial agent in your current pool, you must remove the water, or your new pool will not be properly balanced.
  • Test Your Swimming Pool – If you already own a traditional chlorinated pool, this is nothing new. Make sure to test the pools chlorine, pH, and calcium hardness prior to installing the chlorinator.
  • Check Your Pool Liner – Have a vinyl pool liner? No precautions needed.  However, other inground pool liners may have galvanized walls, which can lead to faster leaks and corrosion.  Make sure to check your liner to see if rust is an issue with a saltwater transition.
  • Install a Chlorinator – A chlorinator comes in all shapes, sizes – and costs. Talk with your local pool company about what chlorinator will work best for your existing pool, without breaking the bank.
  • Choose a Salt Type – Surprisingly, there are many salts you can use in your pool. As any pool-grade salt will do, make sure to choose a high-quality, pool-grade salt to avoid pool problems.

Interested in switching over to a saltwater pool?  Contact our expert, Michigan-based team at Blockco Pools.  From chlorinated to saltwater pools, we will help you with the right pool choice for you and your family.