Myths And Misconceptions About Swimming Pool Water

Myths And Misconceptions About Swimming Pool Water

June 17, 2022

Swimming pools are a great home investment that your family can enjoy for years to come. If you are considering having a pool installed, it is important that you properly educate yourself on pool care, and look into some myths and misconceptions about swimming pool water. This quick guide will look at some of these myths and help you balance that with facts about pool water. Let’s dive in.

Myths About Swimming Pool Water. Facts About Pool Water.

Myth: Pool chlorine is dangerous.

Fact: The truth is pool chlorine is very safe. Pool chlorine could not be sold to customers if it were not tested thoroughly for safety. Because pool chlorine will inevitably get into people’s eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and throat, it is put through extensive tests to ensure safety and quality before it ever hits the shelves for purchase.

However, you should be aware that pool chlorine is tested for safety at the proper recommended levels. If someone uses levels of chlorine that exceed the recommendation, that could be unsafe. It is very important that you only use chlorine in the amounts recommended on your product.  

Myth: A clear pool is a clean pool.

Fact: The clarity of a pool has no bearing on the contaminant levels. If you own or operate a pool, it is very important that you always clean the pool as per recommendations and keep chlorine levels at the recommended level as well. Do not depend on your eyes to determine if a pool is clean. Microorganisms are invisible and can contaminate your pool.

Myth: You don’t really need to shower before going into the pool.

Fact: Humans carry a multitude of germs, bacteria, and other contaminants that can compromise pool cleanliness. Showering before entering the pool will greatly increase the health and safety of your pool and make cleaning and maintenance easier.

Myth: Chlorine will cause eye irritation.

Fact: Eye irritation following swimming is rarely caused by the chlorine levels being too high. Rather, eye irritation is often caused by chlorine levels being too low. When chlorine is too low, the pH level changes in the pool. This change in pH level could cause eye irritation as chloramines increase. If pool users are experiencing a lot of eye irritation, you should check the pool’s chlorine level to ensure it is correct.

Myth: You can add chemicals that reveal urine in the water.

Fact: Contrary to urban legend, there are no chemicals to add to your pool to reveal urine. Adults have simply used this scare tactic to discourage children from urinating in the pool. If children are using the pool, you should talk with them in-depth about proper pool etiquette, and the need to never, ever urinate in the pool. This could cause health problems for everyone, and if the pool is shut down because of it, then everyone loses out on the fun.

Myth: The stronger the smell, the cleaner the pool.

Fact: A properly maintained pool will have a “pool” smell. However, the smell of chlorine or other chemicals that are used should not be overwhelming. If there is a strong, overwhelming smell of chemicals, it probably means the chemical levels are too high.

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