My pool smells like chlorine & our eyes are red!


It is a common misconception that red eyes and a strong chlorine smell to the water is the result of too much chlorine.  The cause is not enough chlorine! The combined chlorine compound, called a chloramine, is produced when a free chlorine molecule combines with a nitrogen or ammonia molecule. These compounds smell bad, irritate the eyes and skin, and get in the way of free chlorine trying to do its job.  It can easily occur if heavy rains have dropped chlorine levels, or the pool has been heated an extended period of time causing chlorine levels to fall, or too much beach sand/ high bather load is in the pool.

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