How to Minimize the Dangers of Chlorine

Chlorine is the most effective way to eliminate potentially harmful pathogens that thrive in swimming pools. But some Ft. Lauderdale swimming pool owners are concerned about the negative effects of the chlorine chemicals themselves.

Here’s what you can do to enjoy a clean pool without all the problems of chlorine.

Keep Your Pool Clean in Other Ways

While chlorine is a very effective sanitizer, it produces noxious gases that irritate the eyes and lungs when it comes into contact with sweat, urine, oils, cosmetic products, and other human waste.

If you are limited to using chlorine chemicals in your pool, you can take these other steps to minimize their effects:

  • Shower briefly before and after entering a chlorinated pool to reduce the amount of oils and debris that interact with chlorine
  • Keep your pool filter in excellent condition and clean your pool thoroughly
  • Change your pool water or top it off with fresh water as often as possible
  • Keep your pool deck well mopped and free of debris and germs
  • Enforce a strict house rule that forbids peeing in your pool

Keep Your Pool Well Ventilated

Chlorine is most harmful when used in indoor pools. Poor ventilation and recycled air prevent the byproduct gases from escaping. The atmosphere in enclosed pools can be very irritating and caustic to the eyes, skin, ears, and respiratory system.

If your pool is enclosed, ensure that there is adequate ventilation.

Switch to a Saltwater Pool

Many swimming pool owners in the Ft. Lauderdale area are proud to have saline sanitation systems for their pools.

To learn more about healthy pool care and the possibility of switching to a saltwater pool, contact Somar Pools.