If Your Inground Pool Smells Like Chlorine, You’re In Trouble!

If Your Inground Pool Smells Like Chlorine, You’re In Trouble!

What are Chloramines?

Pool Chemistry and Swimming Pool Maintenance

From About Home Pool and Patio

We all know the smell:  It harkens one back to their youth at the local swim center or YMCA.  The pungent smell of an “overchlorinated” pool.  Additionally, one remembers burning eyes, itchy skin, and crunchy hair.  What most people fail to understand, unfortunately, is that this situation is not an “overchlorinated” pool, but one that is actually devoid of active chlorine.  This post by About Home explains this dangerous situation which is a very common misconception about how swimming pool chemistry works.  

Here is an excerpt from the post:

The Chlorine and Ammonia Connection

A chloramine, or the more commonly used chloramines is/are a combination of chlorine and ammonia. In swimming pool chemistry, chlorine likes to mix with other elements in the water. This makes chlorine an effective oxidizer of bacteria as it tries to combine with the bacteria, thus killing it. However, when ammonia is present in the pool water, chlorine and ammonia will combine together to form chloramines.

If you are a swimming pool or spa owner, it helps to know a little bit about pool chemistry, even if you hire a pool maintenance service to maintain and clean your pool.

A few basic facts about chloramines:

Chloramines are considered to be very weak cleaners (and weak oxidizers of bacteria) because the chlorine is locked up with the ammonia and is not readily available to kill bacteria.The term most frequently used is chlorine lock.

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