Pool Chlorine

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Pool Chlorine

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.

Pros & Cons Of Chlorine Pools

Chlorine Pool Pros

Low investment upfront and low ongoing costs.

Requires less electricity than salt water pools.

Does not require "specialists" to maintain equipment like with salt water pools.

Chlorine Pool Pros

Can irritate eyes, skin and hair.

Requires vigilant, almost daily maintenance and monitoring.

Must be stored in moisture free environments.

Must be stored in a safe environment away from children and animals.

Questions & Answers on 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.

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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.

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