When it comes to caring for your pool, water quality is of paramount importance. Chlorine is the most common type of chemical found in pools but can be dangerous to swimmers if consumed in excessive amounts. Too much chlorine and you will create a toxic environment which is both esthetically and physically unappealing.
When you initially open up your pool, you will need to introduce the chlorine to the water in order to establish clean, chemical-free swimming conditions. After the pool has been open for about a week, you can begin to slowly lessen the amount of chlorine added to the water. As the chlorine content of the water declines, you will need to increase the proportion of time the pool is opened up. During the summer months, you may need to add additional chlorine in order to maintain safe and attractive swimming conditions. This, of course, will vary based on the size of your pool and ambient temperatures outside.
Chlorine is known for its wide array of health benefits, including helping to promote heart health, fight infection, and keep teeth clean. However, excessive exposure to this chemical can be dangerous. Chlorine is highly absorbent and, when consumed by swimmers, can cause damage to the stomach, liver, and central nervous system (CNS). The primary causes of this damage are either gastrointestinal (GI) or central nervous system (CNS) toxicity.
When ingested, chlorine irritates the stomach lining and promotes tissue damage. This often results in a burning sensation and nausea. Even in small amounts, chlorine can be harmful to the body. The symptoms of GI toxicity include diarrhea, gastric irritation, and inflammation. The symptoms of CNS toxicity include headache, drowsiness, and dizziness. In serious cases, these symptoms can be life-threatening. For this reason, proper precautions must be taken when working with this chemical and individuals with known sensitivities must be excluded from participating in activities involving excessive exposure to it.
After the initial setup phase, your primary responsibility as a pool owner is to ensure that the water in your pool is kept at a safe and healthy level. To do this, you must continually add chlorine to the water, which helps maintain a clean, chemical-free environment for swimmers.
The issue is that too much chlorine can be just as bad as not enough. Chlorine is an excellent disinfectant and an efficient antimicrobial agent. However, it also has the potential to be very dangerous if consumed in excessive amounts. Excessive exposure to chlorine can cause diarrhea and stomach irritation. In extremely high doses, it can even be lethal.
An ideal amount of chlorine for disinfection purposes is between two and four ppm. Any amount above this level and your pool will become a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi. When this happens, you will need to undertake a complete water treatment in order to replace the lost chemicals. An additional issue that you need to be aware of is that too much chlorine can result in an unappetizing brown tint to your pool water. This tint discolors the water and makes it less appealing to sighted individuals and animal species. Additionally, the excessive chlorination of water can cause algae to grow rapidly in your pool, resulting in an unappetizing greenish tint to the water as well.
The safest bet is to add chlorine to your pool in small amounts over a prolonged period of time. This way, you can gradually and safely introduce it to the water while still ensuring that it maintains a suitable level of disinfection. Remember: too much of anything is never good and too much chlorine can be extremely dangerous. It is important to keep in mind that everything in life has a use-by date and that no substance is indestructible. This includes water and chemicals which you use to keep your pool clean and safe.
Where Should I Add Chlorine To My Pool?
Chlorine is a broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent which can be used effectively against many organisms including bacteria, algae, fungus, and even parasites. Due to this versatility, you can add it to almost any location in your pool to combat the organisms which may be living there. This includes both above and below the waterline. The most common locations include the pool’s filter, the pump, and any areas where the water makes contact with the pool’s exterior surfaces.
As mentioned, adding chlorine to your pool can help keep the water clean. However, it is also important to remember that this chemical is water-soluble and, therefore, will readily wash away if you do not maintain a sufficient concentration above the waterline. This means that you must make sure to regularly add more chlorine to maintain safe swimming conditions. When adding chlorine to your pool, you must remember to do this either above or below the waterline depending on which is most convenient for your location. When adding chlorine to your pool filter, make sure that you add it in such a way that it dissolves completely or, at least, that you can smell the chlorine as it evaporates. If you add the chlorine in a way that causes the contents to clog the filter, you will need to remove the filter and replace it. Similar rules apply to adding chlorine to your pool’s water intake plumbing or pump. The key is to always smell the chlorine as you are adding it. If you cannot smell it, then it has either been washed away by the time you get to the area where you are adding it or there is something wrong with the plumbing/piping which is leading to a dead end at the filter.
When Should I Add More Chlorine To My Pool?
As previously stated, too much chlorine can be just as bad as not enough. This is an extremely dangerous compound and, once ingested, it can cause considerable damage. For this reason, proper precautions must be taken when handling this chemical. Once you have calculated how much chlorine you may need to add to your pool in order to maintain a disinfectant level, you will need to add this quantity daily. However, in the summertime, you may need to add additional quantities more frequently in order to maintain a clean pool.
As the number of bacteria and fungus increase as the season progresses, you will need to add more chlorine in order to keep the water clean. If you are using a chlorine tablet, you will need to increase the amount often. Alternatively, you can use a liquid chlorine source and, in this case, will need to add more often. Chlorine is a dangerous substance which you must handle with care and vigilance, especially when swimming or working in the pool. This is because it can irritate the skin and, in high quantities, it can even be lethal. For this reason, extreme care must be taken when using this chemical and you must ensure that the proper precautions are followed. Additionally, you must keep in mind that everything in life has a use-by date and that nothing is indestructible, including water and chemicals which you use to keep your pool clean and safe.