On hot and sticky August days, nothing feels better than a dive into a cool pool. If you’ve ever been swimming in one of the more than 10 million residential and commercial pools in America, you’re well acquainted with the refreshing chill of the water…and the sting and smell of chlorine that comes with it.
Most standard pools use chemicals like chlorine as a quick and simple way to kill bacteria and germs, control organic debris from perspiration and body oils, and prevent algae growth. Sounds good, right? Not so much. Chlorine’s job is to promote the health of swimmers but while it may prevent exposure harmful bacteria, it comes with its own slew of hazards for a pool-goer’s long term health.
The Centers for Disease Control and countless medical journals have cited negative effects of overexposure to chlorine on a person’s health. Among the most alarming of these are reproductive disorders and birth defects, asthma, respiratory issues, and bladder cancer. Less serious complications of chlorine exposure include eye and nose irritations, dried-out skin and hair, and premature wrinkles.
When you swim in chlorinated water, the chemicals are literally absorbed into your skin and overexposure can happen quicker than you think. For some, it might take years of regular swimming in chlorinated waters, and for others, it might only take a few months. The unpredictability and dangerousness of chlorine exposure is, to us, simply not worth it for you and your family’s long-term health.
For homeowners that want to keep their backyard pool dreams alive but are worried about the effects of chlorine on their families, there is a better way: going natural. You can switch up the status quo by installing a natural pool – either from scratch, or as a conversion from an existing standard pool. A natural pool has a variety of health and environmental benefits since it doesn’t contain chemicals or devices used to eliminate bacteria or microbes within the pool. Instead, a natural pool is filtered and purified using natural hydraulic and biological processes. Check out our detailed list of a natural pool’s benefits in our recent blog.
At Reflections, we’ve converted and installed countless natural pools and can tell you with certainty that our customers are happier and healthier for it. Please see our recent featured project and portfolio for some of our many natural pool installation examples. To find out more information or to ask for a quote, please give us a call at 815-313-4143.