A Clean Pool Is A Safe Pool
Pools are a fun way to get exercise and while away the time during summer. They can also be a breeding ground for contagions and waterborne illnesses if not properly maintained. You should allot 6-8 hours per week for pool maintenance.
First of all make sure that proper safety and rescue devices are in clear sight and ready to be used. Safety and rescue equipment should not be stacked underneath things like pool cleaning supplies or locked in a storage room. Proper safety placards and CPR & First Aid instructions should be easily legible and in plain sight. A good place to get some emergency response training is Region 4 Rescue, they provide the best CPR classes Sacramento has to offer. They also provide some of the most straightforward and easy first-aid certification Sacramento has as well. Sacramento is a very active and fun place to visit, see more about Sacramento here.
- Use your skimmer to remove debris from the pool surface.
- Clean out strainer baskets.
- Clean hard surfaces like lounge chairs or tables with disinfectants to prevent the spread of staph and other germs.
- Vacuum your pool walls and floor.
- Use a brush on the walls and floor as well to prevent algae buildup and calcium deposits. Choose a stiff brush for concrete or plaster walls, and a softer one for vinyl, fiberglass, or tile surfaces.
- Check the Ph, total alkalinity, calcium hardness, and free available chlorine level of your pool. Superchlorinate, or “shock” the pool if necessary.
- Check the water level. If it falls below the level of the skimmer, your pumps can be damaged.
- Check filters. How often pool filters need cleaning depends upon how often a pool is used and the type of filters. A good indication your filter needs cleaning is when the increase of flow between the pressure gauge and flow meter reaches 10-15 lbs (4.5-6.8 kg) per square inch.
- Clean pool toys to prevent the spread of germs and waterborne illness.
Perhaps one of the most important aspects of keeping your pool clean comes down to the basic hygiene of each swimmer. Establish a specific set of rules for your pool to keep bacteria and other biological contaminants at bay.
- Always shower before swimming. Although this seems counterintuitive, experts estimate that each swimmer carries an average of 10 g of fecal matter on their body. This is especially true for children.
- Schedule frequent potty breaks for small children. Urine reacts with the chlorine in the pool to produce harmful chemicals.
- If your pool has an overwhelming chlorine smell to it, it can be an indication of urine in the water. Shock your pool to sanitize it and get rid of the small.