Myths About Your Swimming Pool in Miami

You may not know it, but there are several myths about swimming pools that often keep people from enjoying their experience to the fullest. Some of these myths can also affect your decisions when trying to properly clean and maintain your swimming pool in Miami, so it’s important to separate fact from fiction.

The heavy chemical smell of chlorine can give many people a false sense of security, believing that more chlorine means a clean pool. That’s not necessarily the case. The truth is a well maintained swimming pool will not have a strong chemical smell. Although chlorine is designed to kill bacteria in water, the actual smell of chlorine can mean the formation of chloramines in the pool. Chloramines are created by the reaction of chlorine with contaminants in the water, such as perspiration, urine, body oils or makeup. The higher the level of chloramines in the water, the greater the chance swimmers will experience burning eyes and itchy skin. There are also many people who believe that the absence of smell in the water is due to too much chlorine. This is also false. All Florida Pool and Spa can provide pool cleaners in Miami to ensure a swimming pool is properly sanitized.

Another common myth is that chlorine can turn your hair green. While this condition can happen to people with blonde or color-treated hair, you may be surprised to learn it has nothing to do with chlorine. The green color actually comes from metal substances in the water, including copper, which are used to control the level of algae. These substances can originate from pool plumbing fixtures— rarely from chlorine. If you have fears about your hair turning green, simply rinse your hair with tap water before entering the swimming pool. Or you can use a swim cap and rinse your hair immediately after exiting the pool, and then clean with a gentle shampoo.

Young children are naturally curious and will put anything in their mouths, but just because a pool is clean doesn’t mean it’s okay for your child to swallow pool water. It’s important for parents to stress the importance of not drinking pool water. This may sound obvious to most people, but if you have a young child, you understand how easy it is for a child to put anything in their mouth. No matter how clean a pool may appear, chlorine doesn’t kill all germs equally. Some germs take longer to kill than others, and the best practice is to just avoid swallowing the water at all!

When it comes to owning a swimming pool in Miami, it’s important to understand the responsibilities involved. The professionals at All Florida Pool & Spa want everyone to have the ultimate pool experience, and that’s why we’re committed to providing the best pool service in Miami. If you have any questions or concerns about your swimming pool, call the experts at All Florida Pool & Spa Center today.