Chances are you have heard of Polar Bear swimming. It is when people take a plunge into freezing cold water – many times for a charity fundraiser or maybe because they just want the thrill of having said they did it!
If you’re a pool owner or if you’re visiting a hotel with a pool you don’t want to jump into water so cold it takes your breath away. Swimming pool water temperature matters for your comfort as well as for the water chemistry. If the water is too warm it invites bacteria and algae to grow and bloom. Water temperatures in the 85 degree range is an invitation for bacteria to curl up in a corner of the pool and begin growing. Sometimes you don’t notice it until it’s too late and it could happen because you’ve neglected to clean a space under or behind the pool steps, for example.