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. 

These are the 7 things that should never go in your pool 


1. Soaps and lotions 

There is a reason why public pools ask you to shower before entering. This is because any lotion, chemical or perfume on your body can throw off the pool’s chemistry. In order for your pool to remain sanitary and swimmable, it requires a delicate balance of chemicals; when new chemicals are thrown into this mix, the water becomes contaminated, so a rinse is always recommended before you take a plunge! 

2. Broken glass 

With slippery surfaces everywhere, it is not unlikely that if there is a glass near a pool, there will be broken glass in the pool. It is very difficult to find broken glass in a pool and very dangerous to swimmers who can easily be exposed to injury. Remedying this situation can be incredibly expensive, as draining the pool is the only solution to getting the glass out. We recommend implementing a plastic-only rule when it comes to drinking around your pool, to avoid damage to you, your guests and your pool. 

3. Organic debris 

This includes branches, leaves, sticks or anything that can float from the environment into your pool. As soon as organic debris enters your pool it will begin to throw off the pH levels and affect the sanitization of your pool water. Debris should be cleaned immediately with a net, or when your pool is not in use, a pool cover is the best way from keeping these elements out. 

4. Wildlife 

Although having a duck swimming in your pool may seem fun, you will want to avoid anything that could contaminate your pool water. Ducks and other forms of wildlife may use your pool as a washroom, making it unsanitary for your family to swim in. Some pool owners have been known to use a floating alligator in their pool to deter ducks and other forms of wildlife, but a pool cover is just as effective! 

5. Unexpected guests 

Entertaining company is one of the perks of owning a swimming pool. It can be the focal point for hosting parties and the talk of the neighbourhood kids, who will deem yours as the best house in town. However, unmonitored pools that are easily accessible – without an enclosed fence or gate – pose a significant danger and can be a huge liability to pool owners. Keep curious children safe by installing a closed gate around your pool to prevent anyone from accessing the water without your knowledge. 

6. Unsupervised children

This touches on the last point. Any children who are using the pool should be supervised at all times. Assign roles to the adults in the backyard and ensure that someone is on an uninterrupted child watch. Fun is never a reason to put a child’s life at risk of drowning in your pool. 

7. Inebriated guests

Although it can seem fun to drink around the pool and summer days sometimes don’t seem complete without a cold beverage, inebriated guests can be a danger to themselves and to others. They are less likely to follow safety rules and more prone to slip and fall on the pool deck. Anyone who has been drinking should be monitored near the pool for the safety of everyone who is trying to enjoy a relaxing day. 

Keeping items out of your pool while it’s not in use will keep your pool sanitary and balanced. A pool cover is an excellent way to ensure that the elements stay in nature, while your pool stays balanced. Check out more benefits of a pool cover here!