Residents of Hawaii understand the wonderful and relaxing benefits of having a pool in their backyards. In order to get the most out of your pool and keep you and your family safe, it’s important to perform routine maintenance. Since 1985, Pool Pro has been providing pool maintenance to homeowners throughout Kihei, HI. When maintaining and using your pool, you may consider many rumors you’ve heard about its safety. While you should always be careful when using your pool, some rumors contain no truth at all.
The experts at Pool Pro want you to enjoy your pool to its fullest, which is why they’ve debunked some common rumors, including:
- A heavy chlorine smell indicates a clean pool. A properly disinfected pool actually does not have any distinct smell. The strong smell is the result of chloramines, which are formed when chlorine reacts to perspiration, cosmetics, and other contaminants brought in by swimmers. If anything, a strong chlorine odor indicates that you need to add more chlorine.
- You need to wait an hour after eating. This theory is based on an outdated scare tactic from a Boy Scout manual. Swimming does divert blood to the muscles and away from the stomach while swimming, which can make digestion difficult and possibly lead to cramps, but this doesn’t result in any danger, just slight discomfort.
- You don’t need to shower before going in the pool: Since sweat, body oil, and other contaminants are with us at all times, showering will greatly decrease the risk of tracking them into the pool. The water may wash them off, but they’ll just linger in the water, leading to red eyes and pungent odors.
Above all, swimming pools should be fun, and knowing the difference between fact and fiction will help you get the most out of your swimming endeavors. For more information on pool services, visit Pool Pro online or call (808) 879-3294.