Why its use is decreasing, and why it will never go away.
There’s a famous saying, “You can never have too much of a good thing.” These days, some pool owners and many ordinary citizens have been classifying chemicals as a bad thing. While their intention is true, and some of the chemicals they choose to avoid is a sound decision, trying to avoid chlorine all together is a bad thing.
“But if chlorine makes my eyes red and my skin dry, how can it be a good thing?“
It has a lot to do with using the right amount of Chlorine.
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Pool owners who are looking to greatly reduce their chemical footprint have chosen to migrate to a mineral pool or a salt water pool, but this does not mean they’re replacing chlorine with another water sanitizer, they’re merely reducing the amount used.
All swimming pools require a minimum amount of chlorine to sanitize the pool water from contaminants that include feces, algae, bacteria, organisms, urine, and several other substances that can and will do more harm to a swimmer’s health when compared to what a moderate amount of chlorine can and will do.
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Excessive chlorine or mismanaged chlorine levels in a pool is also a bad thing, but you can call us or visit our pool chemical page for more information on how to balance chemicals.
If you’re looking to reduce the use of chlorine, you can also visit our mineral pool or salt water pool pages.
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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
on Pool Chlorine
What is pool chlorine?
Chlorine is the most commonly used chemical for sanitizing swimming pools, jacuzzis and other bodies of water where humans swim and can be exposed to harmful bacteria and other substances. Chlorine, once added to water, immediately breaks down into many other chemicals, all of which create a chemical reaction that kills microorganisms and other substances by destroying their cellular structure, thereby rendering them harmless. There are different qualities of chlorine that you can add to pool water, and this can determine how much you add to your pool, how often, and how fast the chlorine takes to sanitize your water.
Is pool shock the same thing as chlorine?
Pool shock is a triple cheeseburger with bacon, where as a single dose of chlorine is a hamburger with nothing on it—that is to say, pool shock is another way of saying a super high dose of chlorine meant to raise the chlorine level quickly, thereby rebounding a low chlorine level to a sanitary level. Shocks are required when pool owners miss out on testing their pool and routinely adding moderate amounts of chlorine to the water. You can avoid shocking your pool by adding chlorine tabs that slowly release chlorine into the water to maintain balance and a safe swimming environment.
How much chlorine do I add to my pool?
You can visit our pool chemical page for appropriate measurements that we suggest to all of our customers. Common practice across the country is a chlorine concentration of 1 part chlorine per million, never to exceed 3 parts per million. Staying within this range will keep the hazardous substances from surviving in your pool water and keep your eyes, skin and hair healthy, while also maintaining the vibrant colors of your swim wear. If you’re looking to have the lowest chlorine concentration due to allergies, sensitivities or another personal preference, we would recommend you transition your swimming pool to salt water or mineral water.
Is pool chlorine toxic?
Now whereas some people want to avoid any and all chemicals, there are those on the opposite end of the spectrum that prefer to use chemicals for the most sanitary of environments inside and outside of the home. While we’re not going to take sides in this everlasting debate, we want both sides to better understand the possible toxicity inherent with excessive chlorine use. If too much chlorine is addd to pool water, swimmers can go from experiencing dry or sensitive skin to a possible burning sensation. Furthermore, excessive chlorine can emit invisible gases that can be inhaled through the nose or mouth or gain exposure to the eyes, causing sever irritation and soreness.