What does the smell of chlorine actually mean?


Summer is here and the pools are open. Do you associate that strong chlorine smell with a clean pool? If so, you’re not alone.

A recent study finds most people think the same thing, but it turns out it’s actually not true.

Affiliate WVLT checked with East Tennessee Pool and Spa, who said that strong smell of chlorine actually means the water is dirty and contaminated and there’s not enough chlorine in the water.

A lot of factors cause this, such as dirt and bodily fluids from people swimming in the pool. The strong smell could also mean the water has just been treated.

So how do you really know if the water is clean or dirty? You can buy test strips at just about any hardware store, superstore or at a pool store. The test strips are easy to carry and have indicators on them that show if the water is safe to swim in.

Check for a free chlorine level between 1-3 parts per million and a PH level between 7.2 and 7.8.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says to practice good hygiene and shower before and after swimming in a pool.

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