Hidden Benefits of Swimming

Hidden Benefits of Swimming

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Your backyard swimming pool is one of the best places to relax and enjoy your weekends with your family. But it is not just for leisure since people of all ages and backgrounds can benefit from swimming. In fact, swimming is great for your mental and physical health. Also, water is a low-impact activity that offers more resistance than dryland exercises.

Swimming has a therapeutic cooling effect on our body, especially during summer. So, it is truly an amazing sport for everybody. Here are some of its less obvious benefits:

  • Swimming can improve our social well being

Swimming is a very social activity, and even if you have a pool at home, it is a place where you gather with your family and friends. In fact, a study revealed that swimming and socialising could lead to improved mental health. For example, those who always swim have lower levels of depression and anxiety than those who seldom swim.

  • It can improve goal orientation

Most swimmers are goal-oriented both in their professional and personal lives. As a result, swimming can provide adults and kids something to strive for. In fact, swimmers are always aiming for something, whether it is improving lap time, kicking a kickboard across the pool, or recovering from an injury.

  • Kids who swim become active adults

Swimming can also help combat child obesity, and it is a fun and relaxing activity, so your kids will truly enjoy it. It will also improve kids’ strength, endurance, and flexibility which are great qualities to have.

  • Swimming can make you smarter

Regular swimming may improve memory function, and since it can reduce inflammation and insulin resistance in our brain, it may foster new brain cell growth. It can also improve our mood and lower our stress and anxiety, increasing the brain’s ability to think more efficiently.

  • Swimming can teach team-building skills

Swimmers usually learn to work together, especially if you are a varsity or if you are enrolled in a swim class. These team-building activities through swimming can develop communication skills that can translate into effective leaders in adulthood. Also, team-building skills will encourage collaboration, inspiration, strategy development, and coordination, which can result in successful professional careers in the long run.

  • Swimming can slow down aging

Regular swimming is known to delay the effects of aging since it can increase muscle mass, reduce blood pressure, and improve oxygen and blood flow to the brain. Most importantly, it can boost cardiovascular health. It may also improve our physical balance and health if we are already in our senior years.

Overall, swimming is good for our health and wellness, but we should also clean and maintain our pools. For this purpose, it is recommended that we seek the help of professional pool cleaners since they have a team and equipment for this type of job.

 

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What Is Building Up on Your Waterline Tiles?

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What Is Building Up on Your Waterline Tiles?

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Waterline tiles are often subjected to dirt and other materials that are commonly building up on the pool’s surface. In fact, staining can occur when there is a chemical imbalance in your pool caused by organic material like soil and leaves clinging to the surface for an extended period of time.

When pool water evaporates, you can expect calcium deposits on the sides of the pool. The calcium build-up will appear as a grey-white coloured scum, and it is very hard to remove. There are two types of calcium scaling that you may find on your pool’s waterline tiles:

  • Calcium silicate

Calcium silicate is harder to remove than calcium carbonate because it won’t react to various chemical solutions like muriatic acid. This type of scaling can be removed using a pumice stone and some elbow grease.

  • Calcium Carbonate

This type of scaling will appear as a flaky white crust on the surface. It will usually bubble up if you apply muriatic acid to the affected area. Unlike calcium silicate, it is fairly easy to remove it using a stain eraser.

So, depending on the type of scaling and stain build-up on your pool, cleaning waterline tiles is not that hard to do, but it can be time-consuming. However, if you are experiencing extensive discolouration on your tiles, it is recommended that you work in small increments at a time. This will minimise the number of algae and grime build-up in your pool.

Other steps you can take to clean your waterline pool tiles:

  • Remove any organic materials at the surface of your pool

You should clean away any debris or organic material that has built up on the surface including leaves, soil, or grass clippings. You can use a vacuum to speed up the cleaning process.

  • Always Brush your waterline tiles

For this purpose, you can use a stiff brush since it can effectively remove calcium carbonate, working quickly in circulating movements. You can also try a toothbrush on glass tiles.

  • Use a cleaner

In most cases, the dirt and grime in your pool is only minimal, so it is recommended that you use natural and homemade cleaners like baking soda, vinegar with water, or toothpaste to remove deposits.

To prevent scratching, it is essential to work gently and keep the tiles and the pumice stone wet while you are scrubbing. For tough stains, you may need to use a commercial tile cleaner or sulfamic acid-based cleaning products. Although these are very acidic and harsh cleaning solutions, so you should use them with caution.

 

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