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Pool Trivia

True or False:  A chlorine odor and burning eyes are an indication of too much chlorine.

Answer:  Not necessarily. Usually if you detect a chlorine odor it's from a compound called chloramine, which occurs when chlorine combines with ammonia that comes from, among other things, urine. This explains why public pools often have "that chlorine smell."

Chloramines are a weak form of chlorine and do very little to sanitize or oxidize your pool water. And believe it or not, the best way to remove that chlorine odor is to add more chlorine! The procedure is called superchlorination, which raises the chlorine to a level high enough to "break up" the chloramine compound, leaving your pool fresh and clean.