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How to Lower Chlorine Levels in Pools

Dhanashree Patane Dec 12, 2018
Pool water is treated with chlorine, but what if the water gets contaminated with the excess amount of chlorine? How to lower chlorine levels in pools? Here are some easy ways and solutions for lowering the excess chlorine.
Swimming pools are fun to enjoy, but they also demand apt maintenance. With water being the most important element, it is very important to keep the water balanced and free from contamination.
For ages there is one element that has been taking care of killing the bacteria and algae in water, and keeping it free from any other contaminants like chlorine. Yes, it is the savior and medicine for the pool water, that helps you take a clean splash in the swimming pool.
Chlorine kills the contaminants in the water, it is a chemical that is available in tablet and liquid forms, that can be mixed with the water in the swimming pool. The process is very easy, and most of us will follow a routine of adding chlorine in the pool water.
Sometimes the chlorine levels may go high in the pool water, or the concentration of chlorine will be more compared to the water. There are many reasons for excess chlorination of the water. The pH levels may also be imbalanced. In short the overall chemical balance of the water can get affected.
The water may start to smell more bleachy. Excess chlorine can also hamper the alkalinity of water and the pH balance as well. It can cause skin dryness and irritation. It can also irritate the eyes. At such times to avoid any further complications, solutions to get rid of the excess chlorine in the water, are required.
Most of the time, any imbalance in the pool water creates an alarm. Whereas lowering or controlling chlorine levels is not a tough task. Once you understand what the water requires and follow guidelines, treating pool water to get rid of excess chlorine, will be easy.

How to Lower Chlorine Levels in a Swimming Pool

You will first need to check the pool and level of chlorine to confirm if the levels are high. Depending on the amount of water in the pool, compare the amount that is adequate for that amount of water. Once detected, follow some of these options to treat the water.
  • Most of the experts will recommend the option of letting the pool stay without any treatment for a few days. The sun dries up and burns the chlorine in the water, so the levels of chlorine will automatically lower.
  • Another handy option is to use the swimming pool, that is in case if the pool water condition has not worsened. So the more you use the swimming pool, the water will eventually lose chlorine.
  • Check the excess amount of chlorine in the water, this measurement will help you decide the amount of chemicals you will add to dilute the chlorine.
  • If you are using salt water chlorinators for pool maintenance, make sure the equipment is running well, sometimes the chlorinator will produce more amount of chlorine due to excess salt and other issues. If there is a problem with the chlorinator, get it repaired.
  • There are many products and chemicals that are available in the market to lower the chlorine levels in the pool. Chemicals like sodium thiosulfate can help balance the chlorine. Diluting this in a bucket of water and adding this to the pool water, while the circulation is on, can be effective.
  • Other products like commercially available chlorine reducing agents can be used too. Hydrogen peroxide too is used at times to reduce the chlorine in water. Treatments like shock treatment to balance the water in the pool can also be used.
  • Another way is to change the water in the pool is to refresh the water if possible. You may also add more water to the pool if possible to dilute the concentration of chlorine in the existing water.
  • If the treatments do not work, it is advisable to get the water sample checked from a pool store, and also get advice for the treatments. You may also ask a technician to come and check the pool water.
These were some of the simple solutions to check and lower the chlorine in the water. Maintaining the swimming pool water may sound like a tough task, but with a few wise steps and solutions, a clean and well maintained pool with sparkling water will be a simple routine.