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Pool School 101: The Importance of Sanitation

Little girl on pink float enjoying clean pool water thanks to the BioShield UV System

Having a pool in your backyard can help you create the perfect backyard oasis for your entire family. It also can serve as the life of the party and the center of your summer. However, the experience of pool ownership, while exciting, comes with responsibilities like making sure it’s clean. You have to clean your pool, just like you clean any room in your house.

So how do you know if your pool is clean? First ask yourself a few questions:

  • Is the water clear?
  • Do I see any debris floating in my pool or on the bottom?
  • Does it smell bad or like chlorine?

If you answered “yes” to the last question, your pool probably isn’t clean. Healthy, clean pools don’t have a strong chemical smell.

Pool owners and swimmers alike often comment their pool is so clean because it smells like chlorine. Unfortunately, this is not a good thing. The “pool smell” or the smell of chlorine in a pool is caused by chloramines. Chloramines form when chlorine begins to break down biological matter, which include feces and urine. The chloramines make their way from the pool water into the air above the pool and produce that “pool (chlorine) smell”.

Swimming, splashing and diving can release even more chloramines. Over a short period of time a large buildup of chloramines will occur just above the water’s surface, producing a very unhealthy environment for swimmers. Numerous studies have shown that extended exposure to chloramines can result in asthma, bronchitis and other breathing illnesses.

While the build-up of chloramines is most obvious in indoor pools, it can also occur in outdoor pools. So what can you do?

The immediate response for so many people is to add more chlorine to solve the problem. Sadly it doesn’t! That actually makes it worse – creating even more chloramines. Yuck!

Don’t feel overwhelmed or dismayed! Instead of adding more chlorine, first implement pool usage best-practices. This includes showering before you swim; never use the swimming pool as a toilet; and do not drink pool water.

Second, look at the products you’re using to sanitize your pool. Pool ownership is always simple with the right pool equipment. The BioShield® UV System neutralizes 99.9% of harmful bacterial using 50% less chlorine. Ultraviolet (UV) light breaks down the bonds of chloramine molecules and will neutralize bacteria, which prevent its reproduction. That’s right, with the BioShield UV System, you completely eliminate the chloramines. Your chloramines problem is solved and now you have cleaner, safer pool water for your family.

With the BioShield UV System, you’ll be able to enjoy your time in the pool with your family and friends all without worrying about what might be lurking in the water.