Pool and spa chemicals have come a long way from your grandfather’s day, but stories of their scary effects still haunt swimmers. The wisdom of the ages, passed along for generations, tells us the strong smell of chlorine means your pool is squeaky clean. (It’s just the opposite: The smell signals a high level of contaminants.)
It’s sometimes easier to blame the chemicals than to take responsibility for lax testing and maintenance. But we’re here to help. We’ll not only offer advice and a top line of Leisure Time chemicals at our Skovish Pools and Spas outlets in Luzerne and Shickshinny but also debunk what some take as common knowledge.
It just isn’t so! For example:
- Chlorine does not turn your hair green. Instead, the guilty party is copper, an additive that guards against algae growth. Combat the effect by wearing a pool cap or immediately shampooing your hair after leaving the pool or spa. It’s another reason to consider that outdoor shower.
- Chlorine doesn’t cause red eyes, either. In fact, this is caused by too little chlorine. It’s an easy problem to avoid through routine testing of your pool’s chemical levels. Avoid swimming underwater with your eyes open, too. This washes away natural tears. Pick up some goggles instead.
- Sparkling-clean water doesn’t necessarily mean a sanitized pool or spa. Looks are deceiving, especially if you don’t shower before getting in, you allow dogs to share your space or you trust swimming diapers to catch everything that comes out. Clear water is a good sign, but it doesn’t replace a test kit. Test strips can signal trouble, but a test kit delivers a true reading of your levels.
- No matter how clean it is, don’t drink the pool water. It’s not chlorine, a chemical found in our drinking water, but contaminants that you don’t want to put in your system. Although you can’t avoid the occasional swallow, it’s a good idea to swim with your mouth closed as a rule.
Need help with a particular problem? Stop by our Skovish Pools and Spas outlets, where we can help you find the right treatment for your pool or spa.