Have you ever noticed that your pool water has a strange habit of eating away at all the chlorides in the pool pool area? What is the cause of this, and is there anything you can do about it?
There are a number of reasons why this might happen. However, before we get into the nitty-gritty, let’s explore the broader picture.
Why Should You Worry About Chlorides In Your Pool?
Like many materials, chlorine compounds are used for both good and bad. Chlorides are vital to maintaining a properly balanced environment in your pool. As I mentioned above, too much chlorine in your pool may be harmful. But properly chlorinated pool water is vital to keeping the water in your pool clean and free of germs.
When chlorides are ingested by humans and animals, they can cause irritation to the stomach lining. But in high enough concentrations, chlorides have been known to be toxic to humans. This is particularly concerning for children and the elderly, whose immune systems are not as strong as those of adults.
You should keep an eye out for chlorides in your pool water because it can cause problems. If you’re not sure whether or not your pool water has high enough concentrations of chlorides, it’s a good idea to have it tested. Talk to your local pool service provider about getting your pool water tested, and how often it should be done.
Where Do Chlorides Come From?
When you bring your own pool supplies with you from home, you will have noticed that most of it comes in a sealed container. This is to prevent any sudden spills during transportation and handling. When these containers are opened for the first time, chlorine gas is often liberated, which can irritate the respiratory system. To prepare for swim lessons or open water swimming, you will need to dechlorinate the pool water before using it.
Chlorides are often added to pool water as a precautionary measure against algae and other underwater plants and animals that may become infested by microbes. While chlorine can disinfect your pool and keep germs at bay, it can also be harmful to living creatures if ingested or inhaled in high enough concentrations. Animals that typically drink pool water may eat the chlorides for nutritional value.
How Dangerous Is Chlorides?
The risk posed by chlorides in your pool water is largely dependent on several factors. The first is the quantity of chlorides present in your pool. The second is how concentrated they are.
The EPA has set the limit for safe drinking water at 0.010 mg/L. If your pool water contains chlorides equal to or less than this amount, then it is unlikely that you will encounter any adverse effects from swimming in it. However, if your pool water contains chlorides in excess of this amount, then it may be toxic to your health.
Chlorides are natural constituents of water, which means they are present in abundance even in fresh water sources. In some areas of the country, particularly concentrated in the Southeast and southwest, the amount of chlorides present in your pool water may be high enough to cause problems for your health. Keep this in mind if you live in one of these areas, and consult with your local public health department about the dangers of chlorides in your pool.
Why Does My Pool Water Get Dirty Quickly?
When you first get your pool installed and ready for use, it will require a good amount of cleaning before it looks and feels like new. The first thing you should do is test the water for clarity and pH balance. If you find that it is not clear, then you should add more chemicals to it to bring it up to the proper standard. You also should check the pH balance of the water because the correct pH level for pool water is between 7.2 and 8.4. If the pH level is below 7.2 then the water will be deemed corrosive and can cause serious damage to the pool equipment.
When you clean your pool with water, it will inevitably collect some dirt and debris along with it. This dirt and debris will, at some point, end up in your pool. When this happens, it will magnify the problem. To combat this, you should cleanse your pool water often with a pool vacuum.
So, if you follow these steps, then you should be able to avoid many of the problems caused by chlorides in your pool water. But if you feel like your pool water is still eating away at all the chlorides, then you might be experiencing an algae bloom. To identify the underlying cause of this, you should have your pool water tested for algae and other types of germ infestation.