There are some basic rules that every pool owner should follow if you want to keep your pool in tip-top shape. As Vancouver swimming pool contractors, we have some sound advice on what to keep away from your swimming pool.
If you are planning to build a pool this summer, or simply want to have more information on maintaining the one you already have, here are some things you should keep away from your pool at all times – as well as how to handle accidents, if they do happen.
1. Soaps and lotions
Any type of lotion, chemical or perfume on your body can throw off your pool’s chemistry.
In order for your pool to remain sanitary, it requires a delicate balance of chemicals. And when new chemicals from soaps and lotions are thrown into the mix, the water becomes contaminated.
That’s why you should always rinse your body before you enter your pool.
2. Broken glass
With slippery surfaces everywhere, if there is broken glass near a pool, it is likely that the broken glass will also get inside the pool.
It is very difficult to find broken glass in a pool and if it is not found, it can injure anyone who enters the water.
To remove broken glass you cannot find in a pool, you will have to drain the pool which can be a very expensive and time-consuming process. That is why it is recommended to have a “plastic cup-only” rule when it comes to drinking beverages around your pool.
3. Organic debris
Organic debris includes leaves, branches, sticks or anything that can float from the natural environment into your swimming pool.
As soon as organic debris enters your pool, it will begin to throw off the pH levels and affect the cleanliness of the pool water.
If you find debris, it is recommended that you clean it immediately with a net. To add an extra layer of protection, use a pool cover whenever you are not using the pool.
Ducks and other forms of wildlife may use your pool as a washroom and contaminate your pool water. Keeping all wildlife away from your pool is important for maintaining the cleanliness of your pool.
A great way to avoid wildlife is to use a pool cover. Some pool owners have also been known to use a floating alligator in their pool to deter ducks and other forms of wildlife.
5. Unexpected guests
Entertaining guests is one of the perks of owning a swimming pool, but unexpected guests can be a huge liability to pool owners. If your pool is not enclosed by a fence or gate, it will be easily accessible for strangers.
To ensure that you keep your pool and home safe from unexpected guests, you can invest in installing a gate around your pool.
6. Unsupervised children
Children who are using the pool should be supervised at all times.
Assign roles to the adults and ensure that someone is on an uninterrupted child watch to ensure every child’s safety.
7. Inebriated guests
Although it may seem fun to drink around the pool, inebriated guests can be an extreme danger to themselves and to others. When they are inebriated, they are more likely to be reckless and not comply with safety roles. They will also be more prone to slip, fall and break glass.
Anyone who is drinking should be monitored and encouraged to stay as far away from the pool as possible.
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