How To Know If Your Pool Water is Safe to Swim In

How To Know If Your Pool Water is Safe to Swim InHaving a pool to leisurely take a dip in is one of life’s many pleasures.  However, the water within can contain potential health risks.  Being exposed to the elements at all times of the day means the water is at the mercy of wind, rain, microscopic organisms, whatever wild animals roam about and the various substances that they produce.  And that’s to say nothing about what people can bring into equation if someone gets sick or has a nasty cut and winds up bringing those choice fluids into the water.  Henceforth, you need to practice constant vigilance to ensure your pool is always safe to swim in.

Luckily, you can tell how safe your pool is with nothing more than your senses.  Healthy pool water is very blue and clear and shouldn’t smell of anything besides chlorine.  You should be able to see the pool’s drain at the bottom, as well as drainage grills on the side and painted stripes if the pool has any.  Cloudy and/or smelly water means contaminants, be they algae, blood, fecal matter or whatever else.

Take a gander at what lies around the pool as well.  The tiles around the pool should be smooth and clean.  Sticky or grimy, slippery tiles denotes algae and other organisms, possibly from the pool itself.  Thankfully, getting them off the tiles isn’t such a big deal; a scoop of water usually does the trick.

Treating the water after you see something that doesn’t belong in it takes a bit more involvement, though.  Chlorine remains the best all-purpose way to get rid of germs, algae and other impurities in swimming pools and regular treatments are advised.  The recommended dosage is approximately two to four parts per million in your pool, depending on its size.  Chlorine poses its own risks, however; swimming in a pool with too much chlorine can cause a lot of irritation for the eyes and skin when it mixes with bodily oils, such as sweat.

This is why chlorine must be balanced with a proper pH level, which dissolves the chlorine just enough to ensure that only the small organisms the chlorine was intended for get affected by it.  The appropriate pH level in a healthy pool is around 7.2 to 7.8, matching the average pH level of the human body.  You can raise your pool’s pH level by dumping in soda ash.

Even after all is said and done, constant vigilance is important to keep the pool water clean.  To help measure the amount of chlorine and pH in the water, as well as keep track of any impurities that may have entered the pool, a water testing kit is paramount.  It’s recommended that the water be tested at least twice a week.

Of course, it also doesn’t hurt to get a bit of professional help in these cases.  You can call upon 1st Class Cleaning and our helpful staff will advise you on how to keep your pool clear, blue and beautiful. You can also include this service when you schedule regular home or apartment cleanings.

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