What Affects Ph In Pool Water? [Updated!]

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One of the most significant factors that affect your pool’s water quality is your bathing habits. If you want crystal clear water, you need to bathe regularly to wash away the toxins that accumulate due to your overexposure to chemicals during swimming. The most common chemicals that affect pool water quality are:

Chlorine

Chlorine is an ingredient in most pool cleaners and shock waters that are dispensed by your pool service technician. When you are bathing or exercising in the pool, a part of your body, particularly your skin, will be in contact with the water. The chlorine in the water will eventually break down your skin’s outer layer, resulting in a rash or irritation. To protect yourself from chlorine‘s irritations, you should wash your skin with a mild cleanser after swimming. Also, when showering, you should wet your hair before drying it with a towel to prevent your hair from being damaged by the chlorine in the water. Another significant factor that affects your pool’s water quality is the temperature of the water. The hotter the water is, the quicker it will break down your skin’s protective layer, resulting in a rash or irritation. If the water is too hot, you should take the opportunity to cool it with some air conditioning or with a water dispenser that has an ‘on/off’ switch to prevent overheating. Another solution is to install a filter at the pool’s skimmer to remove small particles from the water. This is especially vital for septic tanks that are fed by surface water sources due to the particles that it collects.

Fluoride

Fluoride is another ingredient in most pool cleaners and shock waters that can cause damage if consumed in excessive amounts. When the skin is directly exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays, it will begin accumulating toxins from water. One of the most significant factors that affect your pool’s water quality is how much time you spend in direct sunlight. If you want to stay healthy and avoid toxins from accumulating in your body, you should avoid direct exposure to the sun when in the pool. Luckily, most pool filters remove most fluoride from the water, so you don’t need to worry about drinking it.

Bacteria

Bacteria is an organism (a living thing) that can cause illness in humans and animals if consumed in large amounts. When in direct contact with water, particularly pool water, bacteria will start accumulating and multiplying, resulting in slimy patches on objects that are submerged in the water or on the water’s surface. If you have pets around the pool, they may lick off these patches resulting in an infection. Fortunately, bacteria is relatively easy to remove with regular cleaning. You should clean the pool at least twice a week to maintain healthy water quality.

Mercury

Mercury is a naturally occurring element that is extremely toxic to humans and animals. It accumulates in the environment primarily through industrial processes (particularly in the process of mining), resulting in fish and other animals becoming sick or poisoned. Once inside the body, mercury breaks down into more toxic forms such as methylmercury and ethylmercury. These compounds are extremely destructive to health and the environment, particularly in areas where mercury accumulates in large quantities, such as coal-mining regions in China and India. One of the most significant factors that affect your pool’s water quality is the region where it is drawn from. The nearer the source of the water is to the equator, the more toxic it will be. The further it is from the equator, the less toxic it will be. For example, Northern Europe’s lakes are extremely polluted with mercury, while Antarctica’s lakes are virtually undrinkable because of their high contents of mercury. You should avoid areas where mercury is a problem, and if you must have electricity available, consider installing a mercury-free pool pump.

Alcohol

Alcohol (ethyl alcohol) is another source of toxins in your pool. When consumed in large quantities, it will begin accumulating in the body similar to how toxins accumulate due to sun exposure. Like chlorine, it is another ingredient in most pool cleaners and shock waters. Fortunately, it is also another ingredient in most antibacterial cleaners, which makes it easier for you to keep your pool clean and healthy. However, excessive alcohol consumption can also result in liver damage and addiction, which may pose significant health risks. You should not consume alcohol in any form while swimming or engaging in any other water sport. Even oral consumption may lead to health problems. One way to prevent alcohol from being ingested while in the pool is to remove it from the water supplies or to install a filter at the pool’s outlet to remove the substance from the water before it reaches the drinking fountain.

Radiation

Radiation is the term that is used to describe the emission of waves or particles of energy, which have the capability of damaging living organisms. If you are not aware of how significant radiation is in comparison to other water pollutants, consider this: The sun emits radiation constantly, which is why the sky is always blue and why you need to wear sunscreen when outdoors. In addition, the earth itself is also a source of radiation that can accumulate and damage living organisms. Your pool’s water will gradually become contaminated with radiation, primarily from the sun, as your body is constantly exposed to it while swimming. Fortunately, most pool filters are able to remove significantly from contamination, so you do not need to worry about excessive radiation in the water.

Nitrates

Nitrates (NO3) are compounds that occur naturally in the environment. They are typically found in soil or water, where plant life has nitrate-consuming bacteria that help maintain healthy soil and water. When swimming in a pool that has accumulated nitrates through fertilization or improper disposal of household wastes, it will accumulate in the body along with other toxins, such as chlorides, resulting in bloating or other serious problems. Nitrates can also be present in drinking water due to natural seepage or contamination from sewage treatment plants. In both cases, the nitrates will have the potential to accumulate and cause significant harm. Fortunately, most pool filters are able to remove nitrates from the water, so you do not need to worry about excess nitrates accumulating in the pool.

Toxins From Leaves & Buds

Most plants, when they are cut down, will begin decomposing and emitting toxins into the environment. These toxins will affect the water in a similar manner as previously mentioned toxins. However, the types of toxins that are emitted vary from plant to plant, as well as at different times, which makes it difficult to determine exactly what is happening in your local waterways. When taking a bath or shower, you are continuously wetting your body and especially your skin, which means that the toxins that are present in the water will easily be absorbed by your skin and circulated throughout your body. Leaves and plant debris, particularly from the water fern (celsius), are also a significant source of toxins in your pool. However, this type of contamination will not adversely affect water quality as much as the previous sources of toxins discussed, because most filter systems will be able to remove these toxins from the water before you have a chance to bathe or swim in it.

As you can see, there are many different factors that affect your pool’s water quality. However, the main thing is to know what is happening in your local environment and to be able to identify the sources of the pollution. With this information, you can work to maintain healthy and clean water for your family and friends.

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