Keep the P and Poo Out of Your Pool: Tips for Healthy Pools

Pool Signs

Pool signs, like the one above, are a funny way to remind those who swim in our pools that the pool water is not a bathroom.  Contamination of water, though, can be a serious problem.  If a pool’s pH level is out of balance, the chlorine is unable to effectively kill harmful germs that are introduced into the water by swimmers.  Everything from dirt to sun to leaves and other debris can alter the pH level of pool water, so checking the pH level on a regular basis and adjusting the chemical balance as necessary is a crucial step in maintaining a healthy pool.

In addition to ensuring that there are always correct levels of chemicals in your pool’s water, you should insist that all swimmers follow these three rules to avoid contaminating the pool water:

  • Never swim when you are sick.  Germs can be spread to others in the pool.
  • Avoid swallowing pool water or getting water in your mouth.
  • Keep yourself clean.  Take a shower and soap up before taking a swim, and don’t forget to wash your hands after going to the bathroom or changing a diaper.  Even the smallest amount of contamination on your body can be transferred to pool water and cause illness in others.

(Source: Centers for Disease Control)

Being a diligent pool owner will help prevent the spread of germs and illnesses and keep your swimming pool a healthy place for everyone to enjoy.

Use the following easy-to-read charts when determining proper chemical balance and adjusting pH levels:

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