Keeping your Pool Water Clean
Is keeping your pool water clean, important? the answer is yes!
Maintaining your pools water health takes care and devotion and we aren’t just talking about removing debris and chucking in the automatic vacuum on a regular basis. Pool water can become contaminated from the people in your pool, body lotions, oils and shampoos all contribute to the health of your water.
But that’s not the worst of it, a common contaminant is traces of faeces that are on everyone’s body more so with kids than adults; however these traces can introduce hazardous pathogens into the pools water, this includes E. coli and hepatitis A and virus’. When taking a dip in contaminated pool water we expose ourselves to potential diseases.
Swimming Pools and COVID-19
But the questions that is probably on a lot of pool owners’ lips right now is: ‘is COVID-19 transmitted via swimming pool water?’
The Swimming Pool and Spa Association (SPASA) have released the following information on swimming pool and spas:
” As industry would be aware the purpose of correct water balance including the chlorination of swimming pools and/or spas is to kill bacteria and viruses. AS3633-1989: Private swimming pools – Water quality provides clear direction on maintaining healthy water, in summary, a pool or spa with correctly balanced pool and spa water chemistry is safe.
”There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (e.g., with chlorine and bromine) of pools and hot tubs should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19””
So ‘no’ from what experts have advised you are safe from COVID-19 when using your pool as long as the water is clean, disinfected and balanced and regularly maintained. The closure of public pools in the Pilbara is due to social distancing rules, not water quality.
How to tell if your pool water is safe and clean
So how do you tell if your pool water is safe to swim in? The knowledgeable staff at Pilbara Contracting Pool Shop have put together four things to check that will help determine if your pool water is safe for you and your family.
Is The Water Clear
You should be able to see the bottom of your pool with no issues, even in 10 foot of water. If the pool looks murky or there are bubbles around the edges that is a good indication that there is a problem and you will need to conduct further investigations. Although clear pool water is a good sign it is not a guarantee that your pool is safe.
Dip your hand in the water and if it feels slimy and or oily, then it is a sure sign that your water is riddled with bacteria and probably not safe to swim in. Slimy water usually means that the chlorine isn’t working, and it may need a shock!
Your pool filter removes dirt and debris from the water and is a crucial component to maintaining a healthy pool. Filters need to be cleaned as frequently as fortnightly if not they can become clogged over time. When your filter is working water will stream from the pool jets, if there is no water coming out of the jets then your filters aren’t working.
Routine maintenance on your filters such a regular cleaning helps prolong the life of your pool’s systems.
Your Pool Has a Strong Smell
Most believe that the strong smell that can emanate from your pool is from excessive chlorine, unfortunate to say this is not the case! In most cases it is due to chloramines – watered-down chlorine; chlorine that is less effective than it should be. Chlorine can react when it has been contaminated with too much skin and lotions, hair and hair products and urine.
Chlorine is a strong disinfectant and can kill germs and bacteria within minutes, however, it won’t kill everything!
What Can You Do?
Shower before you jump in the pool! This may be considered outdated or unnecessary, but it is extremely important – think of your pool as a large bathtub, would you prefer to bath with dirty bodies or clean ones?
- Ask swimmers to rinse their feet before entering the pool
- Remove all debris as soon as practicable, leaves, branches, insects etc.
- Schedule routine pool maintenance – let the professionals look after the health of your pool and its systems
- Test your pool water regularly to ensure the correct balance of chemicals.
- Invest in an automatic pool robot
- Pool Advice
If in doubt seek out a professional pool cleaner or pool technician, The Pool Shop at Pilbara Contracting will test your pool’s water for you for free and provide professional advice based on the results. We also offer pool cleaning and maintenance services and can Taylor a package to meet your needs.
1/1009 Coolawanyah Rd, Karratha Industrial Estate 6714