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Common Swimming Pool Myths

Everyone has heard of at least one myth about swimming pools. Hey, never swim before 30 minutes after eating, it might get you sick! Or have ever been told that pool water with chlorine shall make that blonde hair green? There are lots of common swimming pool myths that we’ve come across. 

Some Common Swimming Pool Myths

Some of them are so shocking that you can’t dare dive into that pool after someone has mentioned them to you. Let’s debunk some of them today. 

In case someone pees in pool water, it shall turn green!   

This has been widely used by parents as a scare tactic for their children. It has worked and some of us believed it till late stages of our lives. However, the fact is that pool water shall never turn green due to urine. This doesn’t mean that peeing in water is a good practice, no it isn’t advisable.

A healthy pool is that with clear water

Any particles or debris in water might scare you away. The common myth is that clear water in a pool means clean healthy water. However, this is not the case. Clear pool water might as well have germs and disease-causing pathogens if not treated. Clean and healthy water is that which is treated and maintained.

Someone cannot tell whether pool water is clean or not without testing it. Therefore, ensure you maintain and treat your pool water on a weekly basis. Whenever you need to a certain the cleanliness of your pool water, you have to test it.

Common swimming pool myths: A saltwater pool got no chlorine  

Have heard of this, it’s a very common wind. A saltwater pool isn’t a chlorine-free pool. To treat saltwater, it is passed through a certain metal cell that has an electric current. The saltwater gets electrolyzed to produce chlorine. It is this chlorine that treats saltwater pools. Due to this myth, most people assume that it’s not necessary to shock a saltwater pool. However, it is absolutely necessary to shock your saltwater pool in order to get rid of developing algae.

Those burning red eyes are a result of chlorine

You’ve once in a while pulled out of swimming with burning red eyes, and what did that guy say? He most probably put the blame on chlorine in your pool water. Opening your eyes in pool water with chlorine shall never burn your eyes or turn them red.

What burns your eyes and turns them red is an unbalanced ph in your pool water. Too acidic water shall burn your eyes and make them itchy. So the next time your eyes turn bloody and itch after swimming, check the ph level of your swimming pool water. It should be between 7.2-7.6. 

Your blond hair shall turn green in chlorinated pool water    

Chlorine shall always get the blame for everything, including blonde hair turned green after swimming. Perhaps it’s because chlorine is the most common pool water chemical that most people know. However, when your blond hair turns green after swimming, it is copper.

Some types of algaecides contain copper which oxidize in pool water. The oxidized copper metals that turn green attach to the proteins of your hair making it turn green. Therefore, instead of blaming chlorine, understand the oxidized copper and shampoo your hair to remove the green color. 

You might also consider conditioning your hair before you dive into that water, that way, you shall be sure of maintaining your hair color even with oxidized copper in the pool water.

Swim an hour after eating or risk getting cramps

Mothers are always cautious and shall warn of stomach cramps if you jump into that pool immediately after eating. However, is it really the pool that causes those cramps? Obviously no, it is the body functions.

After eating, digestion is your body’s next concern, therefore, most of the blood shall be directed to your stomach. Your muscles need the same blood to give you that stroke of swimming. However, after a heavy meal, your body shall limit the blood flow to your veins for the sake of your stomach. The results might sometimes be stomach cramps due to the straining body. 

The best thing to do when you really want to dive into that pool in the hot summer after eating is to take a light meal. This way, your stomach shall be having less to handle and hence require less blood. The rest shall work for your muscles in the water.   

I can smell chlorine in this pool’s water, they added excess!  

When you smell chlorine in your pool water, it’s not an indicator of excess. Actually, it might be an indicator of insufficient chlorine in your pool water. Chlorine meant to treat your pool water combines with bacteria to form chloramines. When you shock your pool, the chloramines shall turn into oxygen which escapes into the surrounding air, that is what makes you smell that chlorine around your swimming pool. 

When this happens and you’re not sure of chlorine concentration in your pool, do not smell. What you should do is use a quality test kit to test the level of chlorine and other chemicals in your pool water. This shall give you a true inference of too much or little chlorine in your pool water.

Common Swimming Pool Myths – Conclusion 

These are just but a few among the common swimming pool myths. Some of them were created to scare us away from the pool at certain times. Take for instance the myth that your stomach shall develop cramps if you swim immediately after eating, it was meant to keep you off that pool after eating. 

Unfortunately, some of these myths lived with us till later stages of life. Today we have debunked just but a few, what are other myths you’ve heard people say about swimming pools? 

Let us include them above by sharing them with us. We wish you happy myth-free swimming.