It has long been known that the chemicals used to treat pool water are toxic, and new research is showing that peeing in the pool creates even more hazardous chemicals!
The two chemicals that are created when urine mixes with chlorine – thychloramine and cyanogen chloride – are not only associated with lung, heart and central nervous system problems, they are classified as a schedule 3 controlled substance under the U.S. Chemical Weapons Convention due to its potential to be used in chemical warfare.
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
- Skin cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Eczema & rashes
- Chronic colds
- Voice problems
- Eye irritation
- Sore throat
- Sinus inflammation
- 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 Make Pools Safe?
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!