Prevent Your Pool from Becoming a Germ Factory
There’s nothing better than a dip in the pool on a warm day. However, backyard pools need proper care and attention to maintain a safe and hygienic environment. Unclean pools can be filled with bacteria, causing a range of different health issues for swimmers. Thankfully, there are a few easy steps you can take to keep your backyard pool clean all year round. Read our handy guide to learn more about how you can prevent your pool from turning into a germ factory.
Dangers of an Unclean Pool
While owning a backyard pool offers a range of fun and fitness benefits, it’s also a huge responsibility. With weeks or months of neglect, your pool could end up as a serious health hazard. A range of different viruses and bacteria can lurk in untreated or neglected pool water, resulting in skin irritation and rashes, respiratory issues, ear infections, vomiting, diarrhea and more. Swimming in dirty pool water is especially dangerous for young children, older people, pregnant women, or those with compromised immune systems. If you’re unsure whether your backyard pool is safe for swimming, it’s always better to play it safe and avoid the water.
The Importance of pH Testing
Unfortunately, it’s difficult to determine whether your pool water is hygienic enough for swimming just by looking at it. While cloudy or discoloured water can indicate a problem, even clear water can harbour hidden nasties. That’s where pH testing comes in. Your pool’s pH is a measure of the water’s acidity. Pool water that is too basic or acidic can cause problems, including preventing your chlorine from disinfecting your water properly. A pH level between 7.2-7.6 is ideal. pH testing kits are affordable, easy to use and available from any pool supply store.
Use a Quality Pool Cover
A pool cover is a must for any pool owner. Protecting your pool when it’s not in use is a great way to keep out dirt, debris and plant matter. This means your pool stays cleaner for longer. Pool covers also prevent the growth of algae, meaning your water remains hygienic and ready for swimming. Additionally, pool covers can help prevent heat loss from your water, making them a great heating solution. Different pool covers are used for different environments, so always consult a pool professional if you’re unsure.
When you own a pool, it’s likely that you’ll have to add a few extra chores to your list. Cleaning your pool is slightly inconvenient, but necessary to ensure the health and safety of your family. Vacuuming, skimming and shock treating are tasks that should be completed weekly, with regular pH testing to ensure your chemicals are balanced. It’s also a good idea to close your pool very few months for deep cleaning.
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