If you have a backyard pool, you already know that it needs some TLC. Your pool isn’t all sunny days and gentle waves, especially if you have a family who loves to dip in the water. So, taking a few simple steps to protect your favourite outdoor entertainment can go a long way.
Here are some things your pool wish you knew:
Don’t pee in the pool
Some people think that peeing in the pool is just normal. In fact, they believe it is convenient, and no one will know. The chlorine will also kill the germs, right? But urinating in the pool could potentially affect the swimmers because urine reacts with various chemicals to create chemical by-products.
These by-products can include trichloramine, and cyanogen chloride can make us sick. In fact, these chemicals can affect our lungs, heart, and central nervous system, and it can irritate the mucus membrane and skin.
Swimsuit is a must
Regular clothing like jean shorts, cotton T-shirts, and other types of clothing that are not made for swimming may pose a hazard to your pool. In fact, these clothes can introduce contaminants to the water, and they will also absorb chemicals that may upset the balance in the pool. Also, garments not made for water-wear may become heavy that it will be harder for any swimmer to keep their head above water.
Don’t allow your dog to swim in the pool
Swimming is a great exercise, but here are a few things that we need to consider before allowing your pooch to your pool. The chlorine in the pool can also make your dog’s skin itchy and dry. It could also bleach their coat colour, and your pet’s paws can also tear and scratch the vinyl pool liner. Their hair isn’t good for the filter system too, so it is best to let them exercise and play in your backyard, but not on your pool.
Be a leak detective
It is recommended that you check your pool’s structural condition every month. If you notice that there are cracks in the concrete surrounding, tears in the liner, or dropping water levels. It is already a sign of larger issues.
You can try the bucket test to know if your pool loses significant amounts of water. To do this, you just need to turn off your pool’s automatic fill valve, then place the bucket on the pool steps so the rim is above the waterline.
Wait for two to three days, and compare the water level in the bucket to the water level in the pool. If the water level in the bucket is significantly higher than the pool, then you may have a leak.