Myth #1: Chlorine will turn my blond hair green"I spent the day swimming in my friend's pool and now my formerly blond locks (natural, of course) are GREEN! Her chlorine level must be sky-high for that to have happened!! – Well no, the chlorine wasn’t the culprit.

The fact is, it’s copper. Remember how copper pennies turn green? Some algaecides are copper based so this is the real culprit for your green hair. Also, if you are maintaining proper chlorine levels in your swimming pool, you have no need for algaecides as chlorine is the most effective one there is.

Swimming Pool MythsMyth #2: Chlorine pools smell bad
Yes, we agree chlorine pools smell awful! However, a properly maintained chlorine pool has virtually no smell at all. The "chlorine odor" actually comes from combined chloramines (CCs). CCs are formed as the free chlorine is 'used up' by organics in the water. If you are only testing for 'total chlorine' you may think your chlorine levels are fine. But CCs are not good at sanitizing your water, and in fact you need to get rid of them. The sun also burns them off, but you need to bring your water up to shock level and hold it there until you have 0ppm CCs.

Myth #3: Rashes, swimmer's ear, and red stinging eyes are caused by high levels of chlorine
Ouch! That community pool had far too much chlorine in it and caused swimmers ear and a pool rash on my baby’s tush! No - rashes and swimmer's ear are usually caused by bacteria. Many times the rashes develop under the bathing suit, where the environment is warm and damp. The same is true for swimmer’s ear. Water is trapped in the ear with bacteria, and the bacteria then thrive. To help prevent rashes, rinse promptly after getting out of the pool. You can use commercial drops, or drops made from one part alcohol and one part vinegar before and after swimming to help prevent swimmer's ear.

These three myths centered around Chlorine. At Hawaiian Pool Builders, we can arrange a maintenance package with you to keep your pool properly chlorinated, thereby eliminating having to answer these common misconceptions.

Category: Pool Safety