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White foam can be caused by a variety of factors
Before you go any further, we want to make sure you understand what white foam is and how to reduce it.
White foam can occur at any pool company event where chemicals are used. It can also happen if you open up your mouth while swimming and let water in your throat runs out.
Most often, people bring this back-and-forth splashing to the surface, which humps up the texture of the water.
This can be reduced by making single pass dives instead of repetitive passes over the same area.
The best way to avoid high levels of chlorine is by being careful and not touching it with your bare hands. Be particularly concerned about this when preparing or eating food as most dishes involve some form of contact with the bleach.
For everyday cleaning, try using a nonbleach soap that is oil free. Oilfree foams are good for wiping away other oils from body moisture or dirt, but they’re too thick to spray directly onto the skin.
Another trick is to use towels rather than bleached cloths after going into the shower. The humidity combined with the heat may help break down the grease content of hair.
In fact, studies show that dry shampoo cold remove more grease stains than wet wipes. However, keep in mind that these are hard to sell at drugstores, so check places that have them.
Lastly, consider purchasing a water purifier. These
White foam contains polystyrene micro beads
These tiny polystyrene balls are found in many plastic products. They’re even sometimes used in personal care items, such as shampoos and toothpastes.
When these additives break down from weathering or aging, they form small bubbles that can disrupt the balance of water molecules. This can lead to white foaming.
To prevent this from happening, look for shampoo and scent free products without fragrance oils, which can be very expensive. You also don’t have to leave your hair untreated if you find yourself in need of straightening.
Polystyrene is also often added to cosmetic products as an ingredient that creates a smoother feel. When used in face masks, it helps make them stickier so more dirt and oil are removed.
These micro beads are produced from petroleum byproducts
When you come out of the shower, your skin is full of oils that help keep you hydrated. Without these oils, your body would become dry and brittle.
When you swim, water gets in all the tiny channels (called ducts) in your skin. Once in the channel, the water breaks down those minerals so they can exit your body through your pores.
But when you first get into the pool, the minute crystals dissolved in the water break down the oil molecules to leave them floating around in the water. Then your body processes them as if they were waste material.
That’s why swimming laps will drag along oily substances that have collected on your skin.
Fortunately, it’s easy enough to eliminate this source of contamination. All you need to do is avoid getting wet in the first place!
These petroleum byproducts are the result of oil manufacturing
Even if you’re using fresh water, there’s still a chance that your pool has some amount of white foam. It depends on how many chemicals you add to adjust algae levels and preserve clean swimming strokes.
If you use chlorine, you may have an especially brownish-orange pool. The next time you’re needing extra chlorine, try shutting off the tap or adding additional chlorinating tablets so you can make more swimmers aware of their potential hazards.
Likewise, when chemical manufacturers test chemicals for safety, they typically perform experiments on rodents, which is why you might see bits of rust from metal eating into your joints. When aquatic animals ingest enough rodent flesh, they inhale it while drowning—a potentially deadly combination.
Oil production involves pumping millions of gallons of crude oil into tanks, at which point drivers often overlay old tires. Tires capture loose debris in the ground as well as gas molecules naturally seeping from the earth below.
When you heat something, the hotter it gets, the lighter (and therefore smaller) the particles of matter become. Smaller particles means less mass but same number of atoms.
Atoms are the smallest units of known material composition. We know humans are made up of cells, who are made up of organelles, who are made up of components — both large and small.
A cell “knows” how to create other things through self
This leads to one of the main components of white foam, polystyrene
Polystyrene is used in various types of disposable consumer products including coffee mugs, plates, cups, snacks, etc.
Polystyrene can be found in some form in approximately 101 of all possible uses!
Fortunately, you can find recycling codes for most companies that produce plastic items.
Most plastics have an eight-digit code listing their material composition. Check online or see what your store carries if you need help identifying which item(s) contains polystyrene.
Polystyrene is not completely break down and these pieces are able to mix with water
In most cases, polystyrene will breakdown and biodegrade in around thirty years. However, this does not always happen immediately (though it usually happens fast).
In addition to taking long for your body to process, sometimes polystyrene can break down too quickly and get sucked into other substances.
For example, if you have ever had wood smoke or caught fire, then you know that smoke contains styrene that burns very easily. Once consumed, the styrene cannot be broken down like normal chemicals because it isn’t part of the loop cycle of nature.
Instead, it must be excreted from the body by way of p-glycoprotein molecules found mostly in liver and gut tissue, which only has limited capacity. As more and more substance gets sucked up asthe environment absorbs it, bacteria haven’t enough room to break it down and release oxygen as carbon dioxide, so the result is foam building up in the pool.
When white foam is created, the combination creates a thick foam layer
Most of the time this layer fades away after several days, but in some cases it can remain until later on. The only way to confirm that this is the case is to check again with your pool maintenance professional.
If you’re concerned about current or future health benefits, drop by as soon as possible! You may still be able to clear things up and get back part of your expense account.
This process is further accelerated by other chemicals added to pool foam
When you’re swimming in your pool, white foam can pop up at any time. It can look fluffy or like broken clouds, but this strange phenomenon occurs when toxic heavy metals accumulate in the top layer of water.
The presence of these toxins creates an unpleasant odor for humans, pets, and swimmers who are trying to enjoy a swim. The cloudy appearance of the water comes from minute pieces of debris (like dead skin cells or microorganisms) that get trapped within the surface oil layers.
This chemical accumulation also throws off balance the oxygen dissolved in the water, which results in some undesirable changes to the chemistry (oxygen content) of the water. Some algae grow rapidly in pools with high metal concentrations and low alkalinity.
Further, there is no beneficial bacteria growing in the pool that helps break down the waste products resulting from human activity. These waste products would become nutrient sources for algal growth if such bacteria were not missing.
It’s common to find mild cases of nuisance algae in old ponds, lakes, and rivers; while severe cases may be found in reservoirs, inland waters, and seawater bodies whose beds consist of soft deposits and fine sands.
These chemicals are responsible for the smell of white foam
If you open your swimming pool mouth, there’s a good chance that it will taste bad to you.
Most chemical pools contain algicides to prevent algae from growing in their water, so these smell-control products can be part of the reason why your pool water has a noxious odor.
Sodium chloride (also known as salt) is the main component in many algicide pills, fluids, and spray mixtures. It works by changing the osmolarity of the water, which either stops or slows down the growth of green slime.
HOWEVER, adding sodium chloride along with other ingredients often makes the water more likely to develop an objectionable flavor than if it were simply added.
That’s because simple sodium chloride is a naturally occurring substance that already creates an undesirable salty taste. When found dissolved in water, however, its effects are much lessened.
This is also why coffee drinks, orange juices, and other beverages that use saline solutions have much stronger flavors when they should otherwise be fairly neutral.
Salt alone isn’t very effective at killing bacteria, so this compound gets used in medications too. By breaking up agglomerations of particles, it allows the contents of vials to mix better, and helps ensure homogenous suspensions.
Calcium chlorides are frequently utilized in vaccines as surfactants. They help keep the antigen suspended in water rather than forming cl