Pool myths. We’ve all heard them: “Make sure you wait 30 minutes after eating before you go swimming”; “That chlorine smell means the water’s really clean.” We’ve already busted these myths in a previous article, so we thought we’d bust a whole new set of popular pool myths.

Myth #1: Pools cost too much.

While pools with tons of add-ons and high-tech features can be pricey, the typical above-ground pool only costs around $6,000. While that isn’t exactly chump change, it’s still far off from the typical estimate the average person would guess a pool costs. So the next time you think it’s out of your reach, remember there are plenty of affordable pool options out there for people interested in them.  And whatever the pool costs, it makes sense to protect your investment by properly maintaining it with the best products from the #1 pool chemical manufacturer.

Myth #2: Swimmers get red eyes from the chlorine in pools.

Chlorine causes a swimmer’s eyes to turn red, right? It makes so much sense! The truth behind a swimmer’s red eyes is that chlorine reacts with everything in the pool that it’s trying to destroy, and these chlorine reactions turn into chemical irritants that turn your eyes red. You may have thought that red eyes mean a clean pool, but they actually can indicate something closer to the opposite. Eye irritation is actually a product of too little chlorine in the pool, which creates chloramines, and that’s what makes your eyes red. Excess chloramines is also what creates that chlorine chemical smell that so many people take as evidence of a “clean” pool. Eye irritation can also be a product of an imbalanced pool. Our eyes and skin are comfortable in a pH around 7.5, so if a pool isn’t balanced, it’s likely to cause irritation.

Myth #3: Saltwater pools are chlorine free and don’t require any maintenance.

Despite what you may think, saltwater pools aren’t chlorine free. In fact, salt’s purpose in pools is to provide a reservoir of chloride anions that are converted to active chlorine by the generator cell. This is the same chlorine that comes from any other chlorine-based pool sanitizer. However, in order for the water to be comfortable for swimmers, and to protect the pool and plumbing, saltwater pools must be balanced just like any other pool. While salt has its function, problems like cloudy water, scaling, or algae blooms require more than just chlorine.

Myth #4: Household bleach works just as well as swimming pool sanitizers.

Household bleach is often only a few percent available chlorine. Also, depending on the product, it may not even be labeled for use in pools. Household bleach can also have a very high pH, which can make the water uncomfortable for swimmers and can lead to an imbalance in the water. That imbalance can cause cloudy water and scale formation.

Myth #5: A clarifier in the pool is all you need.

Clarifiers help remove suspended contaminants and keep pool water clear, but clear water is not clean water. Clarifiers are not sanitizers. They do not kill bacteria, viruses, or other pathogens. Furthermore, excess use of clarifiers can promote cloudy water and make it very difficult to clear. Like all pool products, they should be used for the right application and in the proper amount.