Chlorine, the substance that helps keep pool water clear, dissipates when there’s too much direct sunlight. If you put the right amount of chlorine in a sunny pool on Saturday morning, it will likely be gone four days later. This is why pool cleaners use slow-dissolving chlorine tablets in a pool that gets hit by direct sunlight almost all day. These tablets diffuse UV rays making it possible for chlorine to last longer.
If you fail to clean your pool for 2-3 weeks, you will likely get green water within that period. It’s not just algae that you should be concerned about either because pool water that has turned green can have E. coli and other bacteria.
A CDC report in 2013 found that 50 percent of public pools they tested contained E. coli and other bacteria. While the samples did not contain dangerous E. coli strains, there is still the possibility of getting harmful strains in your pool if it is not disinfected regularly.
The culprit was cryptosporidium – a microscopic parasite that can survive chlorinated water for a week. Cryptosporidium can cause diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps.
Chlorine is a double-edged sword. If you overchlorinate your pool, you are welcoming certain health problems. This includes asthma, allergic reactions, and erosion of tooth enamel, according to some literature. Some articles on the web even mention that overchlorinated water can cause certain types of cancer. However, it must be noted that according to the Cancer Council in Western Australia, “there is inadequate evidence for the carcinogenicity of hypochlorite in animals.” We cannot reach the same conclusion for humans though but it must be noted that Australian Drinking Water Guidelines allow small amounts of chlorine in their drinking water. The Canadian Cancer Society also says overexposure to chlorinated water may cause cancer but there is not enough research to establish a link.
While exposure disinfectants like chlorine may trigger certain health conditions, researchers are not saying that you should get out of your pool. Adding the right amount of chlorine is still a good idea to keep harmful bacteria at bay.
If you are looking for organic cleaners that can break down organic matter such as sebum and urine, you can purchase those from us. We also have chlorine-free algaecides available.
“About one in five Americans say they’ve peed in the pool,” says an article published by USA Today in March 2017 and that scientists have already found a way to quantify pee in our pools.
On average, 110,000 gallon pools usually have around 8 gallons of urine. While this is already gross in general, it is also important to look at the chemical reactions between pool chemicals and pee. Disinfectant by-products, for example, can cause eye irritation when they react to urine.
It’s not okay to pee in the pool but if you can’t stop others from doing so while they’re in your pool, it might be time to switch to organic pool cleaners just to be safe.
Trying to save a bit of money is easy if you only need baking soda to balance the pH level of your pool. The good news is, you can. Sodium bicarbonate or baking soda is usually used by pool cleaners to adjust the water’s alkalinity.