How Do You Get Nitrates Out Of Pool Water? [Expert Guide!]

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You are swimming in a beautiful pool with your family and friends, feeling fresh and relaxed. You dive into the pool and pop up immediately with a big smile on your face. The warm water feels so good on your skin and it feels like an excellent idea to wash off the grime of the day. The kids are having a blast in the pool and you can see your nieces and nephews, jumping and playing in the water. Suddenly, there’s a ‘boom’! You feel a strong vibration in the water and look up to see a massive orange ball fall from the sky. It lands with a thud at your feet and you realize that the water has turned an odd, unnatural shade of orange. Instinctively, you start laughing, but then you hear about all the nasty things that can happen if you get nitrates in your water supply. You quickly leave the pool area, shocked and disturbed. You’ve somehow managed to get some nitrates into your pool and this is seriously not something to laugh about. It’s a matter of concern and you need to take appropriate measures to reverse it. How do you get nitrates out of the water? Let’s find out.

The Main Sources Of Nitrates

While it is relatively easy to remove nitrates from air, it is a whole different ballgame when it comes to water. Your main source of nitrates will be either food or fertilizer. You are likely to have nitrates present in your food either from natural sources such as seaweed or from the atmosphere in which the food was grown. Food which is transported long distances or stored for long periods of time usually has higher concentrations of nitrates.

The other source of nitrates is fertilizer, which is applied to soils either directly or indirectly. When it comes to direct fertilization, you are either applying it to the surface of the soil or you are applying it directly into the ground. Indirect fertilization occurs when the nutrients are absorbed by plants which subsequently decay and provide nutrients for other plants and animals. When it comes to fertilizer, you are usually getting some nitrates whether you know it or you don’t know it. It is advisable to test for nitrates when in doubt as to whether or not the fertilizer you are using is adequate for your plants’ needs. Testing will not only indicate how much nitrates are in your water, it will also help you determine if your fertilizer is the source of your nitrates.

The Symptoms Of Nitrates In Your Pool

Depending on how much nitrates you have in your water, you may or may not experience any symptoms. The most common symptoms of nitrates are either neurological or gastrointestinal. If you experience headaches, dizziness, or neurological problems such as numbness or tingling in your extremities, you may be suffering from nitrates. On the other hand, individuals who are sensitive to nitrates or have severe digestive problems may experience gastrointestinal symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea. In either case, the effects of nitrates are mostly unpleasant and you should try to identify the source of nitrates in your pool so that you can remove it. If you are not sure if your pool contains nitrates, test a small amount of water; if the test comes back positive, you should consult your pool’s owner or manager to have it removed.

Reverse The Effect Of Nitrates

Once you’ve determined that there’s nitrates in your pool, the first thing you should do is try to determine how much nitrates you have in there. To put it simply, the answer is ‘it can vary but it will always be more than you need.’ Believe it or not, but this is actually good news because it means there’s still hope for your pool to return to its natural state. Your first step is to test the pH balance of your pool water and adjust it if necessary. It is usually advised to keep the pH balance in your pool between 7.2 and 8.4 so that you don’t end up with any health problems due to the chlorine. Chlorine is a stable compound which kills microbes that cause illnesses in humans. One of the most common illnesses caused by a poor pH balance is cancer. Keep in mind though that the pH balance of your pool will change depending on the time of day and the weather conditions. For example, the pH level is generally higher in the morning and it drops as the day goes on and in direct sunlight. Wet weather conditions will also raise the pH level of your pool. It is therefore advisable to test for pH levels regularly so that you can keep track of changes due to time or weather conditions.

Once you’ve determined the pH balance of your pool, you can proceed to determine the amount of nitrates. For this, you will need to use an appropriate testing kit which is either handheld or comes with a floatation apparatus. The amount of nitrates in your water will be expressed in milligrams per liter (mg/L) and this is definitely something to worry about. Nitrates in excess of 0.1 mg/L can be extremely toxic to humans and it is usually advised to keep the NO3 level below 0.2 mg/L regardless of whether or not you’re in an aquaria setting. Your next step is to reduce the amount of nitrates in your water slowly but surely by using some of the same methods which were used to introduce them in the first place. You are unlikely to get rid of all the nitrates in your pool overnight so it’s essential that you devise a plan to reverse this. It is advisable to consult with a professional who is experienced in dealing with contaminated water so that you can get the best possible advice. You don’t want to experiment or attempt to handle this yourself because there are just too many variables involved. Professionals will have all the right equipment and the knowledge to deal with the situation successfully. When you are sure that the pH balance of your pool has returned to its original state and the amount of nitrates has been reduced to an acceptable level, you can re-introduce animals and children into your pool setting without any fears of toxicity.

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