Nobody likes pool contamination; but, as any Vancouver pool company will tell you, it happens all the time. That said, pool contamination should not scare you. You just need to be aware of what can contaminate your pool — and how to handle the situation when it happens.

When a Vancouver pool company would consider your water contaminated

There are a number of sources of pool contamination:

1. The environment

As a Vancouver pool company, we often see contaminations caused by environmental factors. How can these contaminations happen? One of the simplest ways is through debris blown into your pool. The most common environmental contaminants come from storms. When a heavy rainfall hits, the water can overwhelm the area, causing mud and debris to flow into your pool.  

2. Animals

Animals are another main source of contamination. Animals, including pets, can carry in unwanted bacteria, debris, and faecal matter. While it may seem cute when your dog pops into the water for a swim, we advise you to not allow any animals into your pool.

3. Humans

This can be an embarrassing topic for some pool owners, but it is one we need to address. Humans are one of the top sources of pool contamination. This is especially true if you have children. Children may pee, throw-up or, worst of all, have a diarrhoea attack in the water.


If you find yourself facing one of these pool contamination situations, there is no need to panic. Just follow our guide and you will be all set.

A Vancouver pool company’s instructions about how to handle pool contaminations

1. Make sure no one uses the contaminated pool

As soon as you notice that your pool is contaminated, clear everyone out of the water. Then close your pool until the water is cleaned. People sometimes ask us if this is necessary… Yes, it is. You do not want to risk you or your loved ones getting sick.

2. Remove as much of the contaminant as possible

If you are dealing with a solid contaminant, make sure you use a pool net to scoop out as much of it as possible.

3. Assess the situation

It is important, to be honest with yourself about the condition of the water at this point. Is the water clear and clean looking? If so, move to the next step. If not, then you will need to drain the water out of your pool and refill it. This level of maintenance should only be handled by a professional Vancouver pool company, so give us a call.

4. Resolve the issue

If you are able to handle the contamination alone, you will need to treat your pool with additional chlorine to kill any bacteria. How much chlorine do you need? That depends on the size of your pool. If you are not sure what level is appropriate, consult with your Vancouver pool company for advice.


If the situation requires that you drain your pool, arrange for an appointment with your Vancouver pool company, then sit back and let the experts take care of everything!  

5. Rebalance the water

Once the contamination is taken care of, it is important to make sure that the chemicals in your pool are all rebalanced before anyone gets back in the water. In order to do this, you will need to use a pool testing kit.


Again, if you work with your Vancouver pool company, this will all be taken care of for you.

6. Enjoy!

Your pool is ready to go. Have a great time using it with your family and friends!

Dealing with pool contaminations can be time consuming and costly, especially if you need to call in a Vancouver pool company. That is why we encourage all pool owners to get covers for their water