A seasonal pool health check can stop your pool going green during the wet season, and maintain healthy water quality.
All pool owners know that regular pool maintenance is important. Regular upkeep of equipment as well as regular water quality testing will ensure your pool is healthy for swimming all year round, particularly here in tropical north Queensland.
But there is more to keeping your pool water healthy and germ free than just throwing in a handful of chemicals here and there. Modern pool equipment is designed to be efficient and economical as well as easy to maintain. The quality of pool chemicals on the market has improved vastly. So managing your pool’s equipment and using good quality chemicals will go a long way to keeping your pool water healthy.
Knowing what to use and when to use it can be confusing. There are chlorine stabilisers, pH buffers, algaecides, blackspot removers, flocculants and many more. A professional Pool Health Check will take your pool through a thorough testing to find out what is needed before any chemicals are added.
A range of harmful germs can be found in any pool water. Usually these nasties are prolific in public swimming pools just because of the number of people in the pool at any one time, but proper water testing and good chemical control keeps them in check. But don’t think your backyard pool is germ free. Skin, sweat, pee, saliva and germs from open sores, dirt, even food and other solids can all contaminate pool water and contaminated pool water can cause eye, ear infections, skin infections and even gastroenteritis.
Not enough chemicals can create an environment for germs, too much chemicals in the pool can be as harmful. So keep the water in your pool balanced – whether it is in use or not.
Your pool water should be clear, so that you can see the bottom of the pool, and it shouldn’t have any strong chemical smells. Good pool hygiene can include:
- Regularly pool water testing – this is important. Microbial quality of pool water can be strongly influenced by rainfall and dramatic temperature changes. (See more information on our recent Maintenance blog.)
- Don’t eat food in the pool.
- Wash your hands after you’re eaten, been to the toilet and before you go for a swim.
- Keep the pee, poop and sweat and dirt out of the water!
- DON’T get in the pool if you have diarrhoea – this can easily spread infection.
- It’s also a good idea to shower before you go for a swim, and again when you finish your swim.
- Try not to swallow too much pool water.
We recommend a professional Pool Health Check is carried out at the beginning of each season (minimally), and after any dramatic weather event.
A home Pool Health Check can include:
- Water testing – it’s more than just checking your pH levels! Your pool professional can do a thorough water test which will test on 8 factors to keep water well balanced.
- Filtration equipment check (for pool or spa) – an efficient filtration system will help maintain good water quality and ensure equipment is operating at its optimum.
Quick Pool Safety Check before you dive in:
- Make sure you can see the drain at the deep end of the pool – the water should be crystal clear.
- Check that all drain covers are in place, in a good state of repair and secured.
- Set the rules for a great day in the family pool – no running, no diving, etc.
- Have a lifeguard on duty – that’s right someone should be appointed to watch over the pool occupants at all times. You wouldn’t hesitate at having a designated driver if you’re having a night out! Have a designated pool safety person when swimming in your pool.
- Make sure there are no chemicals left out in the open.
- Ensure all pool equipment is in good working order (regular pool equipment maintenance)
- Make sure there is plenty of sunscreen available, and it’s reapplied often.
- Who knows CPR?
This is just a very short checklist, make sure you speak to a Pool Professional about your pool. For more information call our Manunda store today to discuss your Pool Health Check. See our Pool and Spa Chemicals page for added product information.