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Saltwater Pool vs. Chlorine Pool

When it comes to building a home swimming pool, you've got a few options. Use this article to learn more about the differences between installing a saltwater pool or a traditional chlorinated pool, including the cost difference and the level of maintenance required.

In-Ground Pool Installation - Questions & Answers

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Pool Opening or Closing Service - Questions & Answers

Am I required to install a perimeter fence or enclosure around my pool?

Top answer: In most cases

Should I drain my pool every year?

Top answer: Never

What is the average annual cost of operating and maintaining a home swimming pool? (standard size, in-ground pool; excluding any major repairs)

Top answer: $1,000 - $2,500

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Cleaning a Green Pool

Watch this video to see how an algae-covered green pool is cleaned.

Cost of Pool Cleaning

Learn more about the factors that increase and decrease the cost of pool cleaning.

Opening Your Pool - DIY or Not?

When pool season nears there is checklist of several things that will need to be done before you can actually swim. You may think you can open, maintain and close your pool by yourself, but some things are best left to a professional.

Pool Cleaning Cost

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Step by Step Instructions for Maintaining Your Swimming Pool

Instructions for vacuuming, backwashing, lowering the water level and checking the salt level of your swimming pool.

What is an Automatic Pool Cleaner?

An automatic pool cleaner is a machine that removes dirt and debris from a pool without much assistance from a human operator.

Are variable speed pool pumps typically more expensive than single-speed pumps?

Top answer: Yes

Do pool cleaning companies typically offer a discount to customers who open their pools earlier in the season?

Top answer: Not sure

Does a saltwater swimming pool require less maintenance than a traditional chlorinated pool?

Top answer: About the same

How frequently do I need to test the cyanuric acid level of my swimming pool?

Top answer: Once a week

How frequently should I have my pool cleaned during peak season?

Top answer: Once a week

How long do I need to wait after opening service to swim in my pool?

Top answer: You can swim in the pool immediately

How many hours a day does a pool pump need to run during peak season?

Top answer: 6-8 hours

How many hours a day does a pool pump need to run during the winter?

Top answer: 0-2 hours

How often do I need to add salt to my saltwater pool?

Top answer: Once a month

How often do I need to shock my pool during peak season?

Top answer: Once a week

How often should I check the skimmer baskets of my pool during peak season?

Top answer: Once a day

How often should I have the water quality of my pool tested by a professional? (during peak season)

Top answer: Once a week

How often should I test the alkalinity of the water in my pool?

Top answer: Once a week

How often should I test the pH level of the water in my pool? (residential pool)

Top answer: Once a week

If my pool has an ozonator, do I need to add any additional chemicals?

Top answer: In most cases

Is a variable speed pool pump more energy efficient than a single-speed pump?

Top answer: No

Is it difficult to lower the calcium hardness of a swimming pool if it becomes too high?

Top answer: Yes, it is difficult.

Is it difficult to increase the calcium hardness of a swimming pool if it becomes too low?

Top answer: No, it is not difficult.

Is it necessary to run the pump in my pool everyday?

Top answer: Yes

Is it possible to safely drain a vinyl lined in-ground pool?

Top answer: Yes

Is it safe to use a steel brush to clean a vinyl lined pool?

Top answer: No

Is there any chlorine in a saltwater pool?

Top answer: Yes, there is always chlorine in a saltwater pool.

The more frequently that a pool is used, the more it will need to be cleaned.

Top answer: True

What is the best time of day to shock a pool?

Top answer: Evening

What is the ideal pH level of a home pool?

Top answer: 7.4-7.6

What is the ideal range for calcium hardness in a home swimming pool?

Top answer: 250-350 ppm

What is the recommended level of cyanuric acid in a typical home pool? (saltwater swimming pool)

Top answer: 50 - 75 ppm

What is the recommended level of cyanuric acid in a typical home swimming pool? (traditional chlorinated pool)

Top answer: 40 - 80 ppm

What type of filter should be used in a public pool? (apartment complex, hotel, etc.)

Top answer: DE filter

What type of pool filter is the easiest to maintain?

Top answer: Sand filter

What type of pool filter provides the best filtration?

Top answer: DE filter

Would you recommend converting a chlorine pool to a saltwater pool?

Top answer: Not sure

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Can a gas pool heater be converted to propane?

Top answer: Not sure

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Can Salt Water Be Used in a Fiberglass Pool?

Top answer: Yes

What is the leading cause of unintentional death for children? (ages 1-4)



Are stamped concrete surfaces more slippery than traditional concrete?

Top answer: In some cases

How Much Does Stamped Concrete Cost?



Will Rain Damage Freshly Poured Concrete?

Top answer: Yes

Should I lower the water level of my pool before a hurricane?

Top answer: In some cases

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