28 Nov Top 10 Swimming Pool Myths Busted
There are definitely some rules that you should follow every time you decide to jump into your pool. Though, there are also some commonly misinterpreted myths. In this article, we break those myths down one by one.
Wait an hour to swim after you eat:
This myth is not entirely true. Here’s how it works. When you eat, more blood goes to your stomach, leaving less in your remaining muscles as a result. In theory, if you overwork your muscles then you risk them becoming cramped during this period. To absolutely eliminate any chance of your muscles cramping up, simply eat a lighter meal before you go swimming. It’s that simple.
If you can smell the chlorine in the pool. There’s too much of it:
This myth is false and the opposite is actually true. Here’s how chlorine works. It attaches to bacteria chloramines, which turn into oxygen whenever you shock your pool. Essentially, what’s happening is that the chlorine is escaping into the air. So, whenever you smell that chlorine, it’s because there’s too much of it in the air and not enough of it in your pool.
Chlorine will fade my hair colour:
Another myth where chlorine cops the blame. What actually causes your hair to fade in the water is copper. This is a sample fix, though. So, there’s nothing to worry about. You can either use a shampoo that strips the colour when you have a shower after your swim. Or, simply condition your hair before entering the pool. Easily done!
Chlorine will burn your eyes if you open them underwater:
Fales, false, false. Believe it or not, a well-balanced pool has nothing to do with your pool water burning your eyes. Your eyes will begin to burn when your water’s chemistry levels are imbalanced. Keep your pH levels between 7.2 and 7.6 and you won’t ever have to worry about burning eyes.
The water will turn blue if you pee in the pool:
Another myth busted. This is just a story used to scare children from peeing in the pool. Though, it might be a good one to stick to. Although a chemical could technically react to urine in the pool, there’s nothing to say that the same chemical won’t react to other substances in the pool as well.
Saltwater pools don’t have chlorine:
There most definitely is chlorine in saltwater pools! Here’s how a saltwater pool remains clean. Salt passes through a metal cell with an electrical current, which creates chlorine through a process called electrolysis. This myth has led to another myth; that you don’t need to shock your pool. The truth is that it’s still necessary for saltwater pools as well.
Clear pools are always clean and healthy:
This isn’t necessarily true. A pool’s appearance isn’t always indicative of its chemistry. You should always test your water at least once a week to stop seriously unhealthy water from developing early. If you’re unsure of how to test your pool or how to determine if your water is actually healthy, then you can always contact us and we’ll be happy to test and service for you.
You can only use your pool when the weather is good:
Summer surely is the best time to enjoy a good swim in your pool. Though, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a swim during the year’s cooler months. You can extend your backyard swimming season by a few months simply by doing some of the following:
- Use solar rings to trap heat and keep your water warmer
- Use a solar heater for a warmer swim during sunny days
- Use a pool heat pump warm your water up on demand
Heating a pool is expensive:
Pool heating does cost more than not heating your pool, but it won’t absolutely blow a hole in your pocket. So, this myth isn’t entirely true either. You have three options as we just mentioned: solar heaters; pool heat pumps; and gas heaters. They all rely on solar energy to heat your pool, which is their main restriction. Though, these parts will help you prolong your swimming season at a relatively low cost.
Rainwater won’t affect your pool chemistry:
This is as false as it gets. Rainwater directly affects your pool’s pH levels and alkalinity. These both impact on chemicals such as chlorine. So, if you’ve ever returned to your pool following a rainy day, now you know the sky had something to do with it.