Debunking Myths! Swimming pool edition

Have you just moved to a new villa? Or are you purchasing an old property and yearning to build a pool to entertain? Or is it mainly to exercise regularly? You will surely hire the best swimming pool companies in Dubai to get the job done, but what do you know about the myths associated with swimming pools? Have you heard any of these myths about swimming pools before? “Chlorine in pools is unhealthy” or “Urine turns blue when urinated in a pool”.

These adages have probably been said to you at some point or another. And while some swimming pool myths are partially true, most are not. We’ll therefore distinguish fact from fiction today. The one thing keeping many aspiring pool owners from living an entirely different lifestyle is a common misconception about pools. And for those who already have pools, misconceptions about them keep many from getting the most out of their backyard retreat.

So come along as we debunk the most common myths about swimming pools

Your hair becomes green when exposed to chlorine

Some folks think that chlorine in swimming pools causes green hair. Although chlorine can harm swimmers’ hair, it is not the chlorine in swimming pools that causes hair to turn green. Many pools add copper sulfate to fight algae, so this chemical can bind to proteins in your hair and turn it green. Blonde hair, especially that that has been artificially bleached, tends to show the green color the most, but brunettes can also get a green tinge when swimming in a pool. It is recommended to restrict your hair’s contact with highly chlorinated pool water because copper may be the origin of the green hue but chlorine may also harm your hair by making it dry and brittle.

The pool will become blue if you pee in it

The blue dye urine detector story is one of the most well-known and most ridiculous myths. Does it mean it’s a scare-technique or not? Obviously, it is! It’s a proven truth and parents have frequently used it to prevent their kids from peeing in pools! It doesn’t exist in reality. Although a chemical may be developed to react with the urine, it would be challenging to stop it from also reacting with other elements in pool water.

Chlorine Develops a Pool Chlorine Odor

It’s not chlorine that smells like chlorine when you step into an indoor pool and are immediately overcome by fumes. Truth be told, what gives pools their characteristic “chlorine” odor is the poisonous chloramines that are created when chlorine reacts with perspiration, urine, and body oils. These chloramines have a multitude of harmful health effects, including the irritation of the skin and eyes.

Saltwater pools are great because it has no chlorine

While we can’t truly say if a saltwater pool is nice or not—that depends on personal preference—we can say that it undoubtedly contains chlorine. You seldom ever need to add chlorine to a saltwater pool because it produces it on its own. In order to sanitize the pool, the saltwater is passed through electrodes that separate the chlorine from the salt molecule. But if there was actually no chlorine, the pool would instantaneously turn into a frog pond loaded with algae.

There is no need to shower before entering the pool

As we’ve already seen, contaminants like perspiration and urine that swimmers bring into pools are what generate chloramines. Even if you had a shower that morning, you still need to step under the water for a minute to remove anything that may have developed or built up on your skin since then. Otherwise, the instant you go into the water, you begin to contaminate it.

To prevent cramps, you should avoid swimming for an hour after eating

This one has some validity. Your body sends more blood to your stomach when it’s full to help with digestion. Because your body only has a finite amount of blood, if one part gets extra, the other parts must necessarily get less. If you overwork your muscles, a lack of blood can cause cramping. However, if you consume a light meal and gradually resume swimming as opposed to diving in to play a rough game of water polo, you ought to be alright.

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