Summer is here, which means it is prime pool season. Before diving into the season – and your pool – however, it is important to make sure that your pool chemicals are balanced. It is also vital to make sure that they stay that way.

What happens to your pool if your chemicals are not balanced?

If you do not have your pool chemicals balanced, they can actually start to damage the pool itself. Over time, the chemicals can eat away at the pool’s plaster, leading it to deteriorate. If this occurs, you will be forced to replace the plaster – a large and expensive undertaking. In addition, unbalanced chemicals can corrode the pool’s:

  • liner
  • ladders
  • pump
  • handrails
  • other equipment

Not to mention the damage that can be done to pool toys, like noodles!

Given all of this, it should come as no surprise that unbalanced pool chemicals can more than double the costs of maintaining your Vancouver swimming pool.

What happens to swimmers if your pool chemicals are not balanced?

In addition to the damage unbalanced pool chemicals can cause to pools themselves, they can also hurt swimmers in a number of ways.

We have included a list of the health effects unbalanced pool chemicals can create. Before jumping into that list, however, we want to emphasize that the most serious of these issues are not going to happen from swimming once or twice in slightly unbalanced water. They come about only from extended exposure to significantly unbalanced pool chemicals.

That said, the health issues that can arise include:

1. Skin irritation

This is one of the most common issues to arise due to unbalanced pool chemicals. The irritation can lead to rashes, itching, and even pain.

2. Eye irritation

The next most reported issue is eye irritation. This is often moderate, but can become severe. Why does this happen? When the pool chemical are unbalanced, the water actually becomes toxic, which causes the skin and eye irritation.

3. Tooth damage

If the chemicals are unbalanced in a way that leads to high acidity, the pool water can damage the enamel on swimmers’ teeth. Chronic exposure leads to the most damage over time, often leading to significant dental issues.

4. Organ damage

How can pool chemicals get to organs to cause damage? Scientists believe that, when pool chemicals are unbalanced, toxins can be absorbed through the skin, small blood vessels and tissue. Once in the body, these toxins can injure a number of internal organs. There has even been debate about whether or not chronic exposure to severely unbalanced pool water can increase the risks of certain cancers.

5. Lung damage

The fumes from over-chlorinated pool water can cause severe lung irritation. It can also lead to asthma-like symptoms and can spark asthma attacks in those who suffer from them.

How to solve your pool chemical woes

The issues that can be caused by unbalanced pool chemicals can be scary, but they do not have to be. Why not? Because there are a couple of simple ways to completely avoid them:

  • Frequently check to make sure your pool chemicals are balanced.
  • If you need to rebalance the pool chemicals, avoid swimming while that occurs.
  • Have yearly maintenance done by a professional pool company.
  • If any major issues arise between regular maintenance, have your pool company come in to diagnose and resolve the problem.

We never want anyone to be afraid of their swimming pool – nor do we feel that you need to be. At the same time, however, we do want to convey the importance of keeping pool chemicals balanced as we see that as part of overall pool safety.

Need more information about how to keep your pool chemicals balanced? We have put together a list of “dos” and “don’ts” to help.