6 Spook-tacular Pool Care Superstitions

Let’s creep it real, there are a few pool care superstitions floating around, but are they BOOlievable?

We’ve gone through and debunked some of the most common myths. Check out our spook-tacular list of pool care superstitions below.

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1. Chlorine causes red, itchy eyes

Chlorine is NOT the culprit for red and itchy eyes. It is an unbalanced pH level that causes burning red eyes. Your eyes have a pH of 7.4, by keeping the pH between 7.2 and 7.6 it will make the water much more comfortable to swim in and avoid red and burning eyes.

 

2. Strong chlorine smell = clean pool

A strong whiff of chlorine around your pool must mean it’s adequately sanitized, right? Not quite. When chlorine mixes with sweat, dirt and other natural oils, it creates chloramines which give off this odor. So if your pool has this strong ‘pool smell’, it may mean it is not being treated properly.

 

3. Use a tennis ball to clean pool water

You may have heard that keeping a tennis ball in your skimmer box will help keep your pool clean, but this isn’t quite true. While tennis balls may attract algae, sweat, and other natural oils, it does not act as a proper filtration system. Algae will continue to live and grow on the ball and will become pretty gross, pretty quickly!

4. Chlorine turns blonde hair green

Once again, chlorine is not responsible for your hair turning green, it’s copper who’s to blame. Some algaecides contain copper, which can attach to your hair when you’re in the water. If you find your swimmers are coming out with green hair, speak with your poolwerx technician about your pool chemicals and maintenance plan.

 

5. There’s no chlorine in a salt water pool

This is false! Your salt cell makes chlorine, the exact same chlorine that is released from pool chlorine products (chlorine tablets, chlorine granular, or liquid chlorine). We have seen salt water pools gain a reputation of being “chlorine-free” but a salt water pool is in fact a chlorine pool!

6. You can clean your pool with household cleaners

While baking soda may do a great job of cleaning your house on the inside, it is not suitable for your pool. Trying to cut corners when it comes to pool chemicals could stain your pool or even damage your pool equipment and end up costing you more to repair or replace these parts. Stick to chemicals specifically designed for pool maintenance and follow the recommended dosage amount.

Does your pool look boo-tiful or just plain ghoulish? Give your local pool care expert a call today to book in your next pool service.

 

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