Choosing how to sanitize your inground swimming pool can be confusing when you are comparing a salt water pool vs. chlorine water pool. Overall salt water pools and traditional chlorine pools are very similar. The differences lie in the method of adding chlorine to the pool. Salt systems use the dissolved salt in the pool water and a process called electrolysis. The dissolved salt passes through the salt cell to produce chlorine. Traditional chlorine pools use chlorine tablets or pucks that are made to dissolve as water passes over them.
While there are some definite benefits to a salt pool, they do not equate to a no maintenance pool. Salt pools still need to have their water tested at least once a week and adjusted accordingly to ensure all chemical levels are within proper range.