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What Everyone Ought To Know About The Chlorine In Pools.

July 24th, 2014 by Toomas















Pool chemicals are toxic. Chlorine and other chemicals react with organic matter to form hundreds of disinfection by-products that have been linked to asthma, allergies, and even cancer.

Many people make the switch to salt water pools thinking it will be safer. Unfortunately, this is not true.  Salt water pools generate chlorine (vs. manually adding it) via a process known as electrolysis within the chlorine generator that is required with a salt water pool system.

Due to the lower acidity levels in salt water pools, common ailments like red or irritated eyes are lessened, however you and your children are still swimming in, absorbing, and inhaling thousands of toxic chemicals and by-products that are literally poisoning you.

A study was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, a medical Journal published on behalf of the John Hopkins School of Public Health. The findings were that swimming pool chemicals can be harmful when they are inhaled, ingested or absorbed through the skin while swimming. Researchers found that disinfection by-products are linked to an increased risk of cancer. They name trihalomethane (THM) as the most prevalent chlorination by-product and investigate long term exposure and bladder cancer risk. The conclusion was that swimming in chlorinated pools boosted bladder cancer risk by an alarming 57%. Researchers also noted that when chemicals, such as THM, are absorbed through the skin or lungs, it may have a more powerful carcinogenic effect because it doesn’t undergo detoxification in the liver.

15 Risks from Exposure to Chlorine & Disinfection By-Products

  1. Skin cancer
  2. Allergies
  3. Asthma
  4. Bladder cancer
  5. Kidney cancer
  6. Liver cancer
  7. Eczema & rashes
  8. Fatigue
  9. Chronic colds
  10. Voice problems
  11. Eye irritation
  12. Headache
  13. Sore throat
  14. Sinus inflammation
  15. Fertility issues

In a study that appeared in the medical journal Pediatrics, supported by the National Fund for Scientific Research, researchers wanted to fully evaluate the connection between chlorinated swimming pools and allergic diseases. The researchers concluded that the chlorine used in pools can boost a child’s risk of asthma up to six-fold.

How can We Minimize the Risks of Pool Chemicals?         

Ultraviolet systems from healthEhabitats reduce harsh chemicals to safe levels commonly found in drinking water. This extremely affordable and cost saving technology frees swimmers from burning eyes, skin irritations, foul chemical odors, bleached hair, and chlorine allergies. Ultraviolet makes any pool safe again, and helps you to protect what’s important. In the last few years, we’ve learned how to safely eliminate most of the chemicals in swimming pools and how to eliminate by-products.

Ultraviolet (UV) disinfection eliminates up to 90% of chlorine and nearly 100% of chlorine side effects.

We Welcome Frank Ellinger, co-owner of Park & Central Construction, as the exclusive master installer of UV Pool Systems for healthEhabitats. “our clients understand what it means to ensure a healthy and an energy efficient pool experience for their families.  Within the next 10 years, we estimate that over 80% of new and existing pools will be fitted with UV technology due to its ease of use, lower cost, and much, much healthier and safer results”.   Now you can eliminate the poisonous chemicals and gasses your families are exposed to each day without sacrificing clear, beautiful swimming water AND while saving hundreds and even thousands of dollars each swim season on chemical and energy costs!

Less is more when it comes to swimming pool chemicals. Hear more about ultraviolet disinfection. Prepare yourself. Watch this video.

About Toomas

Toomas is the CEO at healthEhabitats. He has earned a degree in Environmental Science and Systems Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1994.

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