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Heavy Metals: Oxidation and Metal Staining

It's your one-way ticket to midnight. Call it heavy metal.
Oh wait, we're talking about dissolved metals in water. Just uhh...disregard that Sammy Hagar reference. Sorry.

In this article we will be discussing metals in swimming pools. How they interact with other things in water like chlorine, and also how to prevent issues like stains. We will cover oxidation, sequestration and chelation, and attempt to simplify these terms.

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Understanding ORP: Oxidation Reduction Potential

Note: As usual, this is an article that aims to simplify a complex topic. To all the chemists reading this, if something we say needs to be clarified or corrected, please comment below or contact us directly! We strive to publish only the most accurate information possible. Just keep in mind, this article is meant to be in layman's terms. Enjoy!

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What are Chloramines?

Chloramines are chemical byproducts of chlorine oxidizing nitrogen-based compounds in water. They are referred to as disinfectant byproducts (DBPs). Normally, it is the incomplete oxidation of carbon, ammonia and nitrogen-based organic waste that creates the long list of DBPs, whereas chloramines themselves follow a specific pattern.

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