Posted on August 02, 2011
Did you know that a diversity of diarrheal diseases, skin, ear, and respiratory infections have been connected to swimming in pools that have not being properly maintained and cleaned? There are steps you can take to ensure that your swimming pool is clean, and disease free. The most common disinfectant shield used to sanitize swimming pools is chlorine. Chlorine sanitizers can be found in different forms depending on the pool size.
There are the micro-chlorine tablets that are easy to use and convenient but appropriate for small pools or paddling pools. Another form of chlorination is the multifunctional chlorine tablets which are formulated to deliver crystal clear water since they include in their chemical structure clarifiers. Certainly, there are several other forms of chlorination that can be used to disinfect swimming pools. Is chlorination the only way a pool is safe from diseases?
Not really. Pool filters are to be used and clean on a regular basis to ensure proper function even if they are advertized as low maintenance filters. Another way to prevent a pool from collecting leaf litter and other contaminants is to use pool cover. No matter how trivial this last idea sounds, you would be amazed on how much debris can be collected when the wind is blowing.
Last but not least, the pool’s chlorine and pH levels should be tested regularly preferably 2-3 times a day and add pH or chlorine as needed. Accidents do happen and they usually don’t warn about the time or the place especially when little children are involved. In the event of fecal or blood contamination of the swimming pool water, proper measures must be taken as soon as possible to ensure that the bacteria has not spread to those using the pool including raising the chlorination levels of the pool as well as closing the pool from use for at one to twenty four hours depending on the type of contamination (solid or liquid).
Nobody thinks of diseases when attending to a swimming pool, so it’s the owner’s or certified pool operators’ responsibility to ensure that the water is clean and bacteria free.
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