The filtration system used in your pool is what dictates whether it is a salt-water, chlorine or mineral pool. A salt-water pool obviously uses salt but there is still chlorine in the mix. Liquid chlorine is created through the use of salt-water chlorinators. This reduces the need to add a large amount of additional chlorine. When you have a mineral pool, the minerals are added to the water through pool ionisers. The purpose of all three types of filtration systems is to prevent the build-up of algae and to eliminate bacteria.
Benefits of Magnesium Pools
There are quite a few benefits of magnesium pools over chlorine pools. Minerals are generally better at preventing algae. However, your pool surfaces and skin, and swimming costumes will also thank you for the switch. High mineral levels can cause discolouration but that isn’t quite the same as eroding surfaces. Although there is still a small amount of chlorine used in this type of filtration system, it’s not enough to give you a bad hair day or temporarily cause eye irritations with each swim.
Do you resent having to constantly check water chemicals and the process of making adjustments? With a magnesium pool you don’t have to. Pre-calibrated cartridges are designed in such a way that rates of release are automatically monitored, leaving you to enjoy the pool without interruption.
Reduced Chlorine Levels
The amount of chlorine in a magnesium pool is significantly reduced. The surfaces of your swimming pool won’t need even half as much maintenance or repairs. The good news is that magnesium also feels better on your skin. Some magnesium pool owners describe the water as silky, which increases feelings of relaxation. One of the major drawbacks of a chlorine pool is the smell. You won’t have the same problem with a magnesium pool. Does chlorine cause your skin to dry out? Again, this is an issue that is all but eliminated when you make the switch to a mineral rich pool.
Money Saving Considerations
There is no need to add any additional chlorine to a magnesium pool. Additionally, clarifiers and algaecides also become a thing of the past. You may also save money switching to a magnesium pool by purchasing a more efficient filtration system. A reduction in operating costs would leave room in the budget for other items such as home improvements or a much needed holiday. If you are planning on switching to a magnesium pool, it is important to note that it does take a few weeks for pH to reach desired levels.
Do you like going to the spa? Well, now you really don’t have to splash that cash unless you are really partial to mud-masks. A magnesium pool is essentially like a spa experience as the water is enriched with a mixture of silky feeling minerals.
Alleged Health Benefits
One of the ways that magnesium pools are marketed is through claims of health benefits. The idea is that magnesium is absorbed through the skin and aids over 300 essential mechanisms in the body. While the latter part of this claim is true, the science disputes the first part of the claim. The skin is designed to act as a barrier against environmental contaminants.
Although magnesium is a healthy mineral, there is no evidence to suggest that it is able to penetrate the outer layers of the skin (epidermis). That said, with all the other great benefits you will get from having a magnesium pool, do you really need any more encouragement to make the decision?