Did you know that your friends and family (and yes, even YOU) are contaminating your swimming pool water? Imagine if you’re going about your day and then you come home, peel off your clothes, put on your swim suit then jump into the pool. You’re bringing in all of the contaminants you have come in contact with throughout the day.

If you don’t shower before you jump into the pool you’re bringing in:

  1. Bacteria
  2. Pollution
  3. Hair spray
  4. Deodorants
  5. Perfumes
  6. Sweat
  7. Dead skin
  8. Need we go on?

What can you do to not bring in outside contaminants into your beautiful, crystal clear pool water? Shower before you jump in.

Make “showering before you can swim” a rule of the pool and a rule of the house. Remember when you were in high school and you had to shower before and after you used the school pool? It was to get off any outside contaminants before and to clear your skin and hair of chlorine after. It makes sense, doesn’t it?

If you make showering before you swim a rule from day one, no one will blink an eye. Remember, though if you have to have friends and family traipsing through your house to use the master bathroom you may not love that either! What can you do?

  1. Install an outdoor shower facility. It can be primitive as its use is for a quick rinse before and after swimming
  2. Build a pool house
  3. Have an additional bathroom/shower put into your house in a location that doesn’t mean everyone will need to walk through your house

Make the swimming pool shower facility convenient for everyone to use and it showering before swimming won’t be an issue.

shower before swimmingWhat are some other reasons people should shower before they swim? Here’s a few:

  • ¬†It’s just a nice thing to do. Do you really want people jumping in the pool with their bacteria-filled bodies? We certainly don’t. Ask guests to shower and if they don’t want to, then they don’t swim. It’s as simple as that. Tell them you’re a germaphobe and you will do them the same courtesy so they don’t get yoru germs, either.
  • You don’t have to lather up — in fact you don’t want to bring soap into the pool with you, on your skin. You’re taking a quick shower to rinse off outside contaminants — a few minutes at most!
  • Water chemistry assistance. The more contaminated the pool water, the more chemicals you need to keep it clean. Wouldn’t you rather use fewer chemicals simply because you took a few minutes to shower off? That seems like a win in our book!

Cleaner water is safer for everyone 

Not to put too fine a point on it, but would you want to have everyone who comes to your home drink from the same glass? Use the same fork? Of course you wouldn’t, but if your guests and your family doesn’t shower before swimming, you’re essentially all taking a bath in the same water!

Cleaner water is safer water for everyone who uses the pool; that’s the selling point. You’re not swimming in my bacteria and I am not swimming in yours.

Do you need to have a conveniently placed shower in your home or construct an outdoor shower before the swim season gets in high gear? Call your pool contractor today!