Find Out What’s Really In Your Swimming Pool Water

Swimming Pool Water

Microorganisms are living creatures too small to be seen by the naked eye and are constantly introduced into your swimming pool water by rain, wind, and the human bather.

Algae, bacteria, fungi, protozoans, yeasts, and viruses are the kinds of organisms of concern. Most organisms are harmless to the human body but others are disease- and infection-causing. If not killed, these “germs” are transmitted via your swimming pool water to other bathers.

Non-living organic contaminants are also objectionable. An active adult swimmer can lose a pint of perspiration or more per hour. Perspiration is loaded with compounds resembling the chemistry of urine. The body is also constantly shedding microscopic skin particles sloughed off by the friction of water. These are all “involuntary wastes.” Add in “voluntary wastes” such as expectorate, nasal discharge, fecal matter, and urine and you begin to appreciate the bather load created. – Taylor Technologies

This is why sanitization, circulation & filtration are so important, especially when dealing with commercial swimming pools.

This photo was taken a couple weekends ago, while I was at a friends’ apartment in Hollywood Beach. Although the swimming pool water looked OK, this obvious build up of oil, waste and God only knows what, was all over the tile. In some parts of the water you could even see the oily slick left behind on the surface. Needless to say this is the worst tile I had ever seen and I wasn’t even working!

A pool is only as good as its surface, including its tile. No matter how clear the pool water may appear, if this is what your tile looks like, people are not going to want to swim in it. It’s dirty, unsanitary and unacceptable by any means. This tile had not been cleaned in months and if this is any reflection of how this pool is taken care of, neither have the filters.

Commercial swimming pools with cartridge filters should always have an extra set of filters soaking in Tri-sodium Phosphate. As hosing them off gets rid of dirt and debris, the TSP rids the filters of oils and other bacteria build up that otherwise remain.

Savogran 10622 Trisodium Phosphate (TSP)

Swimming Pool Water

Swimming pool tile should be cleaned as needed but on a regular basis, same as the filters. The best way to clean swimming pool tile is to actually get in the pool with a scrub pad and tile soap. This allows you to visually see all of the tile from top to bottom and clean them properly.

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In this case an obvious lack of attention is being given to both the filters and tile. Swimming pool tile should never look like this, ever. Don’t let this happen to your pool!

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