There are a lot of swimming pool myths. From waiting to swim after eating, to what a saltwater pool really contains, we are busting some of the most common swimming pool myths out there.
Busting 8 swimming pool myths
1. Wait an hour after you eat to swim
The problem is not the water, it is physical activity. If you eat and go in the water to lounge, you should be fine. If you swim or play a rousing game of water polo, though, you may feel ill – just like you would if you ran right after a meal. To stay comfortable, eat light and take it easy for a bit after eating.
2. You can smell if there is too much chlorine in the water
You cannot tell if the water is balanced based on the smell. In fact, what most people think of as a chlorine smell is actually a smell created when the chlorine bonds to contaminants, such as sweat. The only way to tell the amount of chlorine in your water is to test it.
3. Chlorine will turn blonde hair green
Chlorine is not what turns hair green – instead, it is oxidized copper in the water that has that effect (which explains why it does not happen in every pool). If you find your hair turning green, you can take it out with a colour-stripping shampoo. Then before you swim, condition your hair, making it less likely to absorb the copper. Or use a swim cap.
4. There is no chlorine in a saltwater pool
Even saltwater pools have chlorine in them. Chlorine is still used to shock the pool and sanitize the water. In addition, the salt is turned into chlorine through a process known as electrolysis. While there are differences between chlorine pools and saltwater pools, having chlorine in the water is not one of these differences.
5. Heating a pool is expensive
A lot of people think heating a pool will be prohibitively expensive. For many, this idea dashes their swimming pool dreams. In reality, heating a pool is not that expensive, and it is getting cheaper to do so as the years go by. Now, there are a whole host of energy-efficient heating options, including solar power – and more options continue to be developed.
6. Pool maintenance is hard work
Certainly, maintenance can be hard if you do not stay on top of it. If, however, you perform regular cleanings and make sure your chemicals stay properly balanced, your maintenance will not be difficult. Not sure how often you should be checking your chemicals? We suggest twice a week. You should also skim your pool at least twice a week, as well as brush or vacuum once a week. If this sounds like too much, you can also get machines to skim, brush, or vacuum for you.
7. A clear pool is a clean pool
Even if water looks clear, you have no idea what is going on on a microscopic level. Depending on the issue, missing it could be dangerous to your pool or even to you and your loved ones’ health. That is why this is one of the more troubling swimming pool myths. Remember: the only way to know what is going on with your water is to regularly test it and make sure it is properly balanced.
8. You can add a chemical to the water that makes urine turn blue
People often get told this myth as children in order to scare them out of peeing in the pool. Well, we are here to tell you the truth: there is no water treatment that will change the colour of the water if someone pees in it. That said, we would always encourage everyone not to pee in the pool!
We have busted these swimming pool myths, but the one thing that is not a myth is the importance of safety. As we move into the fall months, make sure you always practice hot tub safety with your children.