Five Common Swimming Pool Myths Busted
There’s no better way to exercise or relax in the sun than swimming. But are these five swimming pool myths keeping you from enjoying your time in the pool?
For being such a simple sport, swimming has a surprising amount of false myths associated with it. Here are some common myths about swimming that aren’t entirely true.
Wait an Hour to Swim After Eating
It’s a common pool safety tip issued by mothers and swim instructors: be sure to wait an hour after eating before swimming. If not, you might get cramps and have serious complications! The truth is, eating before swimming does affect your body, but not nearly as much as is commonly believed. During digestion, more blood flows to the stomach, meaning that it’s possible for muscles to become overworked more quickly. Most people may not even notice the effects, and it’s more important for swimmers to be aware of how they feel in the pool rather than how many minutes they’ve waited after eating.
Chlorine Turns Hair Green
Chlorine often gets a bad rap in swimming myths, and it has even been accused of turning blonde hair green! While it’s true that some blondes may come out of a swimming pool with slightly tinted hair, it’s not actually chlorine that’s responsible. Rather, it’s the copper in common algaecides teaming up with oxidized metals in the water that can attach themselves to the proteins of hair, turning them green. To dodge this, try conditioning blonde hair before diving in.
Chlorine Burns the Eyes
In this myth, chlorine is once again blamed for something it has no part in. In reality, it’s an unbalanced pH level that results in burning eyes. Maintaining the right chemistry in the pool and a pH level between 7.2 and 7.6 may help to reduce or even eliminate this burning sensation after swimming.
Pool Installation Is Costly and Complicated
Although this myth may have been true decades ago, it’s simply no longer the case. In addition to advanced technology making pools more affordable, many reputable pool builders also handle everything from installation to plumbing to filling the pool with water and checking its chemistry. In fact, Pleasure Pools even goes a step further, creating custom designs for those who want a unique pool that perfectly fits their home!
Clear Pools Are Clean and “Healthy”
We generally associate clear water with cleanliness, but when it comes to pools, this isn’t always the case. Although a pool with clear water can be healthy, it’s impossible to know whether the pool’s chemistry is properly balanced or whether contamination is present without professional maintenance to check water and pH levels.
Louisiana summers are scorching and long, and pools are a great way to beat the heat. If you’re interested in a new pool installation, pool renovation, or pool maintenance, call Pleasure Pools for a consultation at (504) 888-6660 today! We’re proud to be locally owned and operated since 1994.