When it comes to keeping swimming pools in gyms and other public places clean, there are several tips to consider that include, but are not limited to the following:
Institute a mandatory break time for swimmers. The need to urinate is compounded by the conditions of the water, so a number of local pools have instituted a five minute break policy two times each hour whereby all swimmers must exit the pool and it is essentially closed to swimmers. These breaks give parents the proper amount of time to direct the children to the restroom while adults follow suit on their own. Break times can have a significant impact on overall water quality.
It’s important to check the water chemistry two to three times each week during the warmer summer months and at least once a week during the cooler winter months.
If the water in your swimming pool is beginning to appear dirty then check the chlorine levels and adjust as necessary. Chlorine generation is essential in maintaining a clean and healthy swimming pool.
Water Pump Filter:
Clean hair, lint, and other debris from the water pump filter on a regular basis. Be sure to turn off the pump before doing so.
Be sure to clean skimmer baskets every other day or so to keep water circulating at optimum levels.
Keep the water at the appropriate level and add as needed.
If you have an ozone unit, check that the valve is only slightly cracked at the pump.
Keep the border tile around the edge of the pool clean.
If you see any cracks forming around the edge perimeter of the swimming pool, it’s important to have them repaired as soon as possible. Dirty water that contains contaminants can migrate into the pool through these cracks. Use a small bead of clear silicone or caulk to perform this job.
Shocking the Swimming Pool:
Shocking a swimming pool is also known as super chlorinating. This method keeps water conditions safe by adding anywhere between three to five times the normal levels of chlorine. This drastically raises the chlorine levels in a short period of time and kills and bacteria or other organics in the pool. Shocking a swimming pool should only be necessary once a year or so, and will depend on the amount of use the pool gets and the conditions of the water.
In addition to the tips listed above, it’s also important that you are not allowing additives such as fertilizer and nitrates from bird droppings from entering the pool water. These additives promote the growth of algae and make the swimming pool more difficult to maintain.