How To Prevent Skin And Eye Irritation From Your Swimming Pool

WRITTEN BY:  Alex V.

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Swimming pools are supposed to be about having fun. There is no fun when your eyes become red and irritated or when your skin is itchy or irritated. There are a few simple steps to follow to make certain that your swimming is enjoyable all the time.

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Step 1

Pool water that is low in pH and alkalinity is acidic. It causes both skin and eye irritation and can even eat away at the enamel on your teeth. The first thing you want to do is perform a water test. Make certain that no one is using the swimming pool during the treatment process.

Step 2

Once you get the test results, you can begin adjusting your chemical levels as needed. Begin by adjusting the alkalinity levels (if necessary). The amount needed will depend on the size of the pool and how low the alkalinity is. If the alkalinity is already within normal range (80-100 ppm), proceed to step 3.

Step 3

Once the alkalinity has been taken care of, start adjusting the pH levels. The pH will need to be anywhere from 7.4-7.8. The amount needed will depend on the size of the pool and how low the pH is.

Step 4

This next step will vary depending on the chlorine reading in the test results. A normal chlorine reading should be between 1-3 ppm. If there was a very high level of chlorine (over 10 ppm), you will need to use a chlorine reducer to help bring down the chlorine levels. If the chlorine level was slightly high (5-10 ppm) you can use a non-chlorine based shock to oxidize the water.

Step 5

Your pool should now be back to normal. After you have confirmed this with a water test, swimming can be resumed. If the problem is still present, feel free to browse through our How To Guide section to find a solution for your pool.

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