Ammonia, this is a word I am familiar with, but what does it have to do with your spa or pool? This week, I decided to look into what exactly ammonia is, how to tell if someone has it, and how to get rid of it.
Blog 1: What is Ammonia?
Ammonia is a naturally occurring, very simple chemical that can be found anywhere that Nitrogen and Hydrogen meet. So, your spa or pool would be a great place for ammonias to occur. Water is Hydrogen and Oxygen and Nitrogen can come from sweat, urine, man-made and natural fertilizers, and many other things in the environment. Ammonia is essentially when Nitrogen becomes more attracted to Chlorine than to Hydrogen and becomes Chloramines.
Blog 2: How to tell if you have Ammonia or Chloramines
The first indication that you may have Ammonia or Chloramines is the odor. Your pool or spa should not smell like chlorine! This is a good indicator that the low sanitizer has been taken over by ammonia. The next indicator is a burning sensation in your eyes. Your skin and nasal cavities may become inflamed. When the ammonia starts to get out of control, your water will become hazy and then cloudy. Finally, algae will bloom.
Blog 3: How to prevent and treat Ammonia
A great way to prevent ammonia is to always keep your water balanced. Make sure that you have a good sanitizer system in place. You should be testing your water at least once a week at home, and bringing it into a water specialist at least once a month. Ask us to take a look at your Total Chlorine versus your Free Available Chlorine. If the Total is higher than the Free Available, then you have Chloramines. When you find this out, you should shock your water with chlorine to kill the bond between the Nitrogen and Chlorine. Then, you should use Shock to bring your water back to wear it should be.
Ammonias and Chloramines are very common with pools and spas. Nelson’s Hometowne Recreation can help test for them, prevent them, and treat them. If you have a question you would like me to research or answer for you, please shoot me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. As always, thanks for learning with me!