Swimming pool chemicals are very potent and can prevent many dangers if not handled and stored correctly. These chemicals consist of a number of toxic ingredients such as chlorine and powerful acids. Keeping these chemicals on your premises can present a lot of problems. They must be safely and securely stored in such a way that chemicals which may react negatively with one another do not come in contact. Many pool owners find that hiring a weekly pool service company is the best choice for safe handling and storage of pool chemicals.
A good pool cleaning service company will bring only the chemicals needed to take care of your swimming pool and will carry them away with them when the job is complete. In addition to good chemical storage and handling, a good swimming pool service will add just the right balance of chemicals to your pool to help swimmers’ avoid the irritations and even dangers inherent in poor chemical use. Excessive use of chemicals can cause negative reactions between chemicals and organic matter. The results for swimmers may be as mild as a skin rash or as devastating as cancer. Read on to learn more!
A recent study in the environmental health perspectives (EHP) publication recounts the many serious health risks caused by swimming in heavily chlorinated indoor pools. The focus of this ground-breaking study was disinfection by products (DBP) and their potential genotoxic effects on swimmers. Genotoxic substances damage DNA and cause mutated cells which can become cancerous. In this study, both genotoxicity and mutagenicity (permanent mutation of DNA) were examined. This study was the first of its kind to examine both kinds of possible damage. It is important to be aware of the fact that this study also focused only on indoor pools; however, caution and the use of a professional swimming pool service are also recommended in chemical management of outdoor pools to avoid health problems for swimmers.
This study focused on water taken from two different indoor pools. One pool was disinfected with bromine. The other pool was disinfected with chlorine, which is most commonly used in home pools and public pools. The authors of the study identified over a hundred different DBPs in the water from both pools. Swimmers underwent testing after forty minutes of exposure to the water to check for evidence of genotoxicity in blood, urine and respiratory tests. Significant amounts of evidence of DBPs were found in blood, urine and breath samples from all 49 subjects (who had all been deemed healthy prior to the tests).
DBPs are more prevalent in the enclosed environment of an indoor swimming pool, but are not limited to this environment. DBPs have also been found in heavily chlorinated drinking water. They occur when organic substances such as perspiration, urine and skin cells, as well as organic matter from the environment (leaves, dust, dirt, etc.) produce negative reactions with disinfectants such as chlorine. Therefore, it is also essential to have organic matter removed and managed through weekly pool service.
This was just a brief study done on a short term basis; however, the results were rather shocking. It would seem that the heavy concentration of DBPs found in indoor pools could cause real and permanent damage to swimmers. The authors of the study say that they need to carry their tests out in more pools of different types over a longer period of time to get the most accurate results. Nonetheless, this study, which was conducted with the support of the US Environmental Protection Agency, would seem to make it very clear that pool water chemistry is a serious matter that should be attended by pool service company professionals.
It is important to note that it is not necessary to swim in the contaminated water for DBPs to have genotoxic effects. DBPs have been named as the culprit in cases of bladder cancer caused by heavily chlorinated drinking water as well as instances of skin and respiratory problems caused by bathing and showering in water contaminated with DBPs. Nonetheless, swimming in water that has a heavy concentration of DBPs is more hazardous than drinking or showering in heavily chlorinated water due to the complete and lengthy immersion and deep respiration inherent in swimming. Additionally, water from public utilities is subject to strict regulation and undergoes regular, rigorous testing. This is not the case with water found in private swimming pools, so it’s easy to see that a good swimming pool service keeping close and professional tabs on water chemistry could literally be a life-saver for a private swimming pool owner!
In the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, you can rely on Sun Valley Pool Service, an established, family run business, with an excellent BBB rating, that has provided exceptional weekly pool service throughout the area since 1982. This fine company provides the best in training for its pool technicians, who are all Certified Pool Operators and members of the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals. With these sterling certifications, you can count on Sun Valley Pool Service professionals to deliver the absolute best in service and keep you and your family safe while you enjoy your swimming pool.