A cyanuric acid (CYA) overdose can be quite dangerous, especially if not treated promptly. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), this substance can be both harmful and fatal, especially to infants and young children. Its presence in water is also linked to the formation of tumors and stomach cancer in fish and algae. As a result, the Agency has classified it as a human carcinogen, and as such, it is illegal to manufacture, sell, or release into the environment.
Fortunately, CYA is very easily removed from water. Once the manufacturing process is understood, it is possible to reduce the amount of this carcinogen to a safe level for infants and children. By following the instructions below, it is possible to reduce the amount of cyanuric acid in your pool to a point where it is no longer dangerous to swimmers.
Identify The Source Of The Problem
The first and most crucial step in reducing the amount of cyanuric acid in your pool is identifying the source of the problem. To do this, you will need to take a close look at your pool’s equipment and plumbing. Begin by changing the filter cartridges on a routine basis. If the pool is over five years old, perform this task more frequently.
Next, inspect the skimmer and cleaning mechanisms for foreign objects. Also, make sure that the water pressure is not affected by any blockages in the pipes. If possible, have the plumber check all the pipes for proper function and insulation.
Once these items are taken care of, you can move on to identifying the specific source of the contaminant. To do this, turn the water off at the valve next to the pool; this will stop any further discharge of contaminants. Once the valve is turned off, climb down into the murky water and inspect the bottom for any discoloration or obvious signs of organic matter. If you detect any, it is time to begin the extraction process.
Extract The Tainted Water
The next step in reducing the amount of cyanurdic acid in your pool is to actually extract the tainted water. To do this, you will need a water pump and some sort of container. The pump can be either electric or mechanical, depending on your preferences. In any case, make sure that it is adequate to handle your pool’s design pressure.
Once the pump is running, lift the skimmer and pour the cloudy, undiluted liquid into the container. It is advisable to wear safety gloves while handling this substance, as it is extremely caustic and can burn through your skin if you are not careful. The container should be cleaned regularly with soap and water, as the CYA will stain it dark brown or orange. After this step, continue to carry out the water change process on a regular basis.
Reduce The Oxygen Level To A Safe Level
Once the liquid is extracted and the container is cleaned, it is time to reduce the oxygen level to a safe level by adding chemical oxygen reducer (dechlorinator) to the water. To add sufficient amounts of this substance to the pool, you will need to prepare a 50% solution with fresh water and store it in a sanitary location. Make sure that this location is out of reach of children and animals.
The dechlorinator will reduce the amount of oxygen in the water as you add it, so make sure you add it slowly. If you add it too fast, you will induce hypoxia, which is a condition in which the body suffers from a lack of oxygen. This lack of oxygen can cause severe damage to the brain and nervous system, as well as cause irritability, seizures, and even death. To add the dechlorinator, mix up to five teaspoons of dry chemical in one quart of water, blending well before use.
Check The Pool Area For Signs Of Mold And Mildew
Inspect the area of the pool for signs of mold and mildew. If you spot any, it is time to clean it on a regular basis. To clean the area, mix up to five teaspoons of bleach with one gallon of water. Make sure that you wear gloves while doing this, as the bleach can irritate the skin and eyes. If the mold and mildew are not removed on a regular basis, they can start growing uncontrollably, posing a risk to your health.
Consider Installing An Alkaline Electrolyte Pool Chlorinator
Once you have taken care of all the above steps and the CYA content is at a safe level, it is time to think about installing an alkaline electrolyte pool chlorinator. This is a device that reduces chlorine levels in the water to a point where they are no longer harmful to fish and algae, and remove all the bad tastes and odors that chlorine can cause. It also helps maintain a balance between the pH levels of your pool water.
If you decide to go this route, you will have to purchase an electrochemical cell (commonly known as a chlorinator) and connect it to the electrical source of your pool using the appropriate wiring. Once that is done, simply add salt to the water, and the chlorinator will do the rest. The chlorinator will reduce the amount of chlorine to a point where it is no longer harmful to fish and algae, and it will stabilize the pH level of your pool water. This means that your pool will be perfectly suited for all types of aquatic life, including humans!
In summary, reducing cyanuric acid in your pool is a multistep process that starts with regularly replacing the filter cartridges and inspecting all the pool’s equipment and plumbing for damages. From there, you will need to remove the affected water and add chemical oxygen reducer and bleach to lower the oxygen level to a safe level. Finally, check the pool area for signs of mold and mildew on a regular basis, and clean it with a proper mixture of water and bleach if you spot any.