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Common Swimming Pool Myths Dispelled
We've all heard them.... things like.. "Be careful the chlorine will turn your blonde hair green..... " We want to BUST some of those Swimming Pool Myths that are out there. So keep reading, you may be pleasantly surprised.
Myth #1: Chlorine will turn my blond hair green "I spent the day swimming in my friend's pool and now my formerly blond locks (natural, of course) are GREEN! Well the chlorine level must be sky-high for that to have happened!! -
It is not the chlorine in the pool water that is turning your hair green, but the copper! Copper is introduced into your pool either from a 'mineral system' or from certain copper-based algaecides. Chlorine is the most effective algaecide around, so if you maintain proper chlorine levels, you have no need for algaecides anyway.
Myth #2: Chlorine pools smell bad
Yes, as your Pool Butler, I agree chlorine pools smell awful! But, a properly maintained chlorine pool has virtually no smell at all. The "chlorine odor" actually comes from combined chloramines (CCs). CCs are formed as the free chlorine is 'used up' by organics in the water. If you are only testing for 'total chlorine' you may think your chlorine levels are fine. But CCs are no good at sanitizing your water, and in fact you need to get rid of them. The sun also burns them off, but you need to bring your water up to shock level and hold it there until you have 0ppm CCs.
Myth #3: Rashes, swimmer's ear, and red stinging eyes are caused by high levels of chlorine
Rashes and swimmer's ear are usually caused by bacteria. Many times the rashes develop under the bathing suit, where the environment is warm and damp. Same thing for swimmer's ear. The bacteria get into the ear, water is trapped with it, and the bacteria thrive. To help prevent rashes, rinse promptly after getting out of the pool. You can use commercial drops, or drops made from one part alcohol and one part vinegar before and after swimming to help prevent swimmer's ear. You also need to shock your pool to kill the bacteria and maintain a safe, sanitary environment. As for those beautiful eyes- red stinging eyes are caused either from improper pH or high CC levels. You can clear it up, by simply shocking your water.
Myth #4: "My electric bill will significantly go up if I own a pool."
Utility bills vary depending on where you live and who your provider is, but average estimates show that utility bills only increase between $30 and $50 each month. But that's nothing when compared to the money you'd otherwise spend on entertainment- We will heat our pool for a weekend in the winter and it's cheaper then taking our three kids to dinner and a movie. One way to spread they cost, is to get on equal pay, this will eliminate any "shock" that you have from a high electric bill. Plus you're in Vegas- the land of $500 electric bills in the summer time so you can stay cool in your A.C. Contact the electric company... I promise you will save money!
Myth #5: Wait an hour after eating to get in the swimming pool, or you'll get a cramp and die
The smell of the BBQ, the juicy hamburgers, and refreshing watermelon..... It's so hard to wait when the water is calling your name! So could you REALLY die from swimming too soon after eating that PB&J? Not likely. As your food is digesting, more blood goes to the stomach and other digestive organs to speed the process along. This means there is less blood for your muscles. If you are using your muscles more than your body can handle, you can get a cramp. However, if you eat a sensible meal, and take it easy for a while after returning to the water, even the risk of a cramp is very low. Now, if you consume everything at your favorite Casino Buffet and immediately start the swimming leg of a triathlon, then perhaps could have a different result!
Myth#8: To drain and refill my pool is going to cost a fortune!: Not true! You can call the water company and they will estimate the cost for you. Simply tell them the size of your pull and they will give you an estimate on the cost. You will be surprised. We ave a 7,000 gallon pool- it cost us $25.00 pretty minimal. In order for your pool to properly maintain chemical levels, your pool should be drained and refilled with fresh water every 3 years.
This covers just a few on the common myths we see as pool owners. Before you assume something to be fact, be sure to do a little research and find out for yourself.