People have some great ideas for making life easier and more fun around the pool. On the other hand, there are some fads out there for backyard pools that range from ridiculous to downright reckless (see Part 1). Here’s a couple of other ideas to avoid involving pool water.
Don’t Heat Your Pool To Unusually High Temperatures
Maybe you’re one of those people that just can’t stand getting into a cold pool. Or perhaps you’ve always wanted to own a hot tub, but you just don’t want to go to the extra expense and trouble of installing one. So you come up with a brilliant plan to crank up your pool heater to high and leave it there all the time. This, you think to yourself, will give you the best of both worlds.
What’s not to love about that idea? Maybe nothing, if you’re a billionaire who loves to spend all your time in extra warm water. In reality, keeping your pool’s natural gas or propane heater turned up enough to maintain high water temperature in a regular-sized pool simply isn’t economically feasible for most of us non-celebrities out there. Not to mention that swimming in hot water can get old pretty quickly, especially in the summer or if you’re into lap swimming or other water exercises.
If you do want swimming to be an option in the wintertime, your best bet may be to look at installing an indoor pool or joining a gym with a pool. If you do decide to heat your pool in the winter in spite of the astronomical cost, invest in a solar cover to retain as much heat as possible.
Don’t Add Dye to Color Your Pool Water
Perhaps you’ve heard about a big city like Chicago dyeing the river green for St. Patrick’s Day and you’ve been inspired to add some Irish good luck green dye to your pool water as well. Or maybe you want to give your pool an ultra-blue tropical lagoon look with blue dye. There are plenty of pool dye color selections available on the market for you to try. Their manufacturers may even try to assure you that their products are completely safe for both yourself and your pool. But are they being completely accurate with those claims? Is that a risk you’re willing to take? If they’re wrong, you may end up with a costly mess on your hands.
Pool water has to maintain a certain chemical balance in order to be safe for swimming. Anything you add to the pool water other than those required chemicals can potentially cause a chemical imbalance or harm your pool’s filtration system. The dye could also stain your pool’s interior or liner.
So are you completely out of luck if you’d like green water for a St. Patty’s Day pool party, or if you want to turn your water that extra brilliant shade of blue you’ve always wanted? Not at all! LED lights are a perfectly safe, fun alternative that will give your pool the kind of color effects you’re after. These lights are designed for use in pools, and they’re not going to cause any damage to your pool.
In our next article, we’ll take a look at why adding bubbles to your pool is a big no-no. Then we’ll turn our attention to potential problems with items you keep around the pool.
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