In last week’s blog we talked about the difference between salt water and chlorine swimming pools. While saltwater pools are a new trend, chlorine pools are still very popular. Especially for community pools and gym pools. The chlorine has a stronger effect since it is added directly to the water, instead of being converted from salt. This means the germs in the water are instantly killed by the hypochlorous acid formed by the chlorine.
Benefits of a chlorinated swimming pool
Chlorine pools don’t use as much electricity as salt water, thereby your bill will be lower
Installation is economical and budget friendly
They are very common, therefore, it is easy to find help maintaining it
Chlorine is a very efficient sanitizer, you can’t be too careful nowadays
Chlorine is not corrosive as salt, so it won’t damage finishes, equipment, pool decks or furniture
According to Chemical Safety Facts, nobody wants to swim in a giant, germ filled petri dish
Chlorine is added to the water to kill germs. When it is added to a swimming pool, it forms a weak acid called hypochlorous acid that kills bacteria like salmonella and E. coli, as well as germs that cause viruses such as diarrhea and swimmer’s ear.
Belgian scientists also support pool disinfection, stating that chlorine is the best disinfectant currently available, and “there is no evidence that alternatives to chlorine will provide an appropriate solution for the disinfection of swimming pools.”
Drawbacks of a chlorine pool
Chlorine can have a strong chemical smell and be very damaging to clothing and skin
chlorine needs to be transported and stored using extreme caution
ongoing maintenance and testing is necessary for a safe pool environment
There have been health related issues associated with chlorine, such as asthma and allergies.
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