3 myths about swimming pools you should know this summer

The pool is a very important part of every summer months. And it is common to hear some rumours about swimming in the pool; but at GRE we want to know if they are myths or something else, so we are going to review the 3 most common myths in swimming pools.

1 The colour of the water changes if you pee in the pool

Who has ever heard this when he was little? And it has always been said that if you urinate in the pool, the water turns into different colour around you.


As children it is possible that we have resisted the desire to avoid being ridiculous and that others see who has peed in the water.


Well, this is really a myth; urinating in the pool does not make the water change colour, much less is there a product that detects pee in the water.


Even so, at GRE we recommend that if you feel like it, get out of the water and go to the bathroom, which will surely not be far away.

2 You need to wait 2 hours after lunch to bathe

After having lunch we have been told that we must wait to take a bath because we may suffer a digestion cut. This statement is not entirely correct since digestion is not possible to be cut off.


However, this myth has some real statement since it is true that getting into the water after having lunch can be dangerous; but you should know that it has nothing to do with your digestion being cut off.


Our body is at an ambient temperature that is usually high in summer. When we get into the water, if it is cold, it is the sudden change in temperature that makes us feel unwell.


When the difference between body temperature and the temperature of the pool water is noticeable, we can suffer from bad feeling and blackouts. This can also happen to us when we take a cold shower.

3 When the pool smells of chlorine, it is because it is clean

Chlorine has a strong and so characteristic odor that we usually associate it with swimming pools. For this reason, it is believed that when a pool smells a lot of chlorine it is in perfect condition for bathing.


But this is not so; since a clean pool depends on many factors and not only on chlorine. The peculiar smell of chlorine is produced when we dissolve it in water, regardless of the amount we add.


Therefore, the more chlorine we add, the water will not be cleaner; in fact, sometimes too much chlorine can be a problem.


The pool will be clean, therefore, if we carry out a complete treatment of the appropriate amount of chemical and we accompany it with a pool cleaner that leaves the bottom and the walls of the pool free of dirt.



As you can see, everything they told us when we were little about the dangers of the pool turns out not to be entirely true. Discover everything you need to know about swimming pools here.


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