Summer is at its end and so is pool season. If you’re contemplating a quick dip next few days before cleaning out the pool, here’s some information that may push you to do it right away without delay. What’s more, it may give you a reason to clean the pool more frequently because although swimming is one of the most healthiest sports for the body, it can be the most dangerous too if the pool is unclean. Let’s help you understand why.
From 2005 to 2015, 0.9% of infections from contact lenses were contracted from the pool while swimming. Eye infections are said to infect over a million swimmers annually, despite wearing goggles. Exposed eyes have it as rough. Excessive chlorine and germs from other people in pool water can give you pink eye and nasty infections. Between 2000 to 2014, almost 500 disease outbreaks were reported in treated recreational waters such as public swimming pools, hot tubs and jacuzzis. If you find your eyes burning or turning red while swimming, it is high time you cleaned out the pool. Vacuum the pool and clean the tiles, clear any clogged pumps and skimmers that fill up with leaves, hair and debris.
Ideally, you need to vacuum the pool at least once a week, if not twice. If a pool is located near shaded trees, clean up the fallen leaves, bird droppings and debris floating on the water. A pool that appears green could be caused by growing algae. Chlorine is added to pools to kill bacteria but if the pH level is too high, chlorine becomes ineffective. On the other hand, a low pH level can make the water acidic. If left uncleaned, the acidic water can erode plastic and metal components. A clean, healthy pool need to be 7.2 to 7.8 on the pH scale. Professional pool cleaners use chemical shock to clean the pool or the pool is drained out and treated with fresh chlorine wash. Chlorine may not be enough to treat algae buildup. Algaecides are used to get rid of tough algae in the warmer months when they spread more easily. Call professionals for a thorough job.
Cloudy pools are typically caused by chemical imbalance in the pool. There could be other reasons responsible such as poor water circulation, improper filtration, dirt and debris, and bird droppings. Check drains to clear out any debris or the motor will burn out leading to costly repairs or replacement. If your pool is cleaned regularly, the equipment will work better to maintain it. Pool insurance helps pool owners but the authorities will check the condition of your pool and surrounding area before granting your due.
Proper Pool Cleaning Schedule
It is imperative that you clean your pool every day to keep it safe and enjoyable for your family and friends to enjoy.
- Clean Daily: Daily cleaning should include skimming to check filter baskets, removing the debris to allow water to circulate smoothly and free from dirt.
- Check pH Levels Bi-Weekly: Check the pH levels twice a week for best results. Shock the pool with the right amount of chemicals. Use a vacuum to remove debris that has sunk to the pool’s floor. Clean the pool’s plaster and add chlorine to keep it free from bacteria and algae.
- Professional Pool Cleaning: Pool maintenance does not have to be as daunting as it sounds. Leave it to the professionals to make it easy, hassle-free and thorough.
At KW Pool Solutions, we have the skills, equipment and experience required to make pool cleaning easier with regular maintenance so you can enjoy it all season long. Call us to take a look at yours.