Swimming pools often get a bad rap because they are associated with popular myths that don’t hold any truth. Many of these myths have existed for a very long time and are often thrown around by word of mouth or on the internet. Here is the problem; there are homeowners out there who believe some of these myths, and this discourages them from wanting to have a pool installed in their backyard. And for those who believe these myths and own a pool, they aren’t enjoying their investment to the absolute fullest. Well, your Colorado pool installation company is here to dispel these myths so you can fully enjoy your new swimming pool.
Swimming Pool Myths
How These Myths Started
Nobody knows for sure just when and where these pool myths got started. But it’s safe to say that many of you probably have heard one or more of these myths from your mom or a friend when you were younger. For example, you probably were told to wait at least an hour after eating before you can enjoy the swimming pool. Hopefully, you are now aware that this is just a myth, and you haven’t passed it down to your children.
Some of these pool myths started out with a grain of truth, but then things got quickly out of control. For example, while there is no need to wait an hour to go swimming after eating, swimming on a full stomach might make you get a cramp. So it does make sense to eat lightly if you are planning on going for a swim.
Can You Smell It?
Myth: If you can smell the chlorine, it means there is too much in the pool.
Truth: In this case, just the opposite is true. The reason why you smell chlorine in the air is that chlorine attaches to bacteria and creates chloramines which turn into oxygen and escape into the air. So when you smell chlorine, that just means that it is doing a good job keeping your pool safe. If you don’t smell chlorine, it is a sign that you probably need to add more to the water.
Myth: Chlorine turns your hair green.
Truth: While your kids might think that having green hair would be great, you don’t have to worry about their hair turning green while swimming in your pool. However, some algaecides are copper-based, and the oxidized metals in the pool water can attach to the protein in your hair shafts, which can discolor hair. But don’t be alarmed because should that happen, it can easily and quickly be removed by simply washing your hair.
Myth: Saltwater pools don’t need chlorine.
Truth: When a saltwater pool is sanitized, saltwater is forced through a metal cell that holds an electric current. This is a process known as electrolysis, and it actually creates chlorine. As such, your saltwater pool is not free from chlorine. In addition, some homeowners think that saltwater pools don't need shock treatment. This is also untrue as shocking your saltwater pool is necessary to prevent algae and to sanitize.
Summer Vibes All Year
Myth: You can only use your pool in the summer when the weather is good.
Truth: There are several ways in which you can extend the amount of time you enjoy your swimming pool. For example, you can use a solar cover to keep the water in your pool heated and ready for use whenever you like. You can also use a pool heat pump to heat and cool the water in your pool whenever you want.
Myth: Heating a pool is expensive.
Truth: We aren’t going to tell you that heating a pool is inexpensive, but it is not as bad as many people think. There are several pool heating options, and they have become increasingly efficient over the years. There are also solar pool heaters that make sense in sunny places like Colorado. So if the cost of heating a pool is holding you back from having one installed, know that there are options and ways to minimize heating costs.
Got the Time?
Myth: Heating a pool takes a very long time.
Truth: The time it takes to heat a pool depends on the method being used. For example, solar heating is going to take a lot longer to get the water up to temperature than a heat pump or a gas pool heater. The time it takes to heat your pool also depends on other factors, including the size of the pool, the time of year, and whether or not you are utilizing a pool cover.
Working Your Tail Off
Myth: Maintaining a pool is a lot of hard work.
Truth: Having a pool does mean that you need to spend some time maintaining it, but it does not have to be a day-long affair. If you are able to clean and balance your pool every week, the odds are very low that you will ever have to deal with those long and challenging jobs. Likewise, if your pool remains in good order, there will be nothing more you have to do except enjoy your investment.
Pools Cost Too Much
Myth: Having a pool installed is complicated and expensive.
Truth: This was quite true several years ago, but times have changed. These days, most pool companies are able to handle the project from the design all the way through to the installation. This makes having a pool installed in your backyard relatively easy and uncomplicated. All you have to do is give us a call. You also need to consider that there are several pool options that can work in your favor cost-wise. So really, it’s not as expensive as you might think. It all starts with a phone call to learn more about having a pool installed on your property.