Chlorine Alternatives for Swimming Pools
Chlorine is a seriously harmful chemical many pool owners are eager to remove from their lives. It irritates eyes and skin and may be responsible for long-term health issues. Ingestion of the chemical can corrode gastrointestinal tissue, and intense exposure can cause chemical burns or ulcerations.
Fortunately, there is hope for pool owners who are wary of toxic chemicals. There are many options for chlorine alternatives, and customers should understand why they may want to avoid chlorinated pool water.
What Is So Bad About Chlorine?
The first thing most people associate with pools is the smell of chlorine. Some have become so used to the odor of this common chemical they may not even notice it.
Yet there are many adverse health effects associated with chlorine.
- Chlorine destroys the natural oils in human hair that keep it from becoming stiff and brittle. It has also been associated with speeding up hair loss because of damage done to follicles.
- Chlorine may make acne breakouts worse because of the desiccating effect it has on skin.
- The ammonia contained in sweat and urine reacts with chlorine and produces chloramines that can damage eyes.
- The well-known smell of chlorine pools is caused by the release of chlorine gas into the air. It is strongest six to eight inches above the water line. It induces coughing in some people because of the irritating effect it has on lungs.
What Alternatives Exist?
Chlorine is effective in sanitizing pool water by killing mold, bacteria, and algae at all water temperatures. The crystal clear water sought by most pool owners is only possible when these contaminants are eliminated.
Fortunately, there are many affordable alternatives to chlorine that can accomplish the same ends with far less harmful side effects. Some systems only reduce the need for chlorine through the use of metals, ozone generators, and ultraviolet light.
There are also ionization technologies that use a cathode apparatus to provide an electric current that reduces the need for chlorine. Filters such as these and others remove contaminants from the water flow before it gets to the pool.