No matter what the weather conditions, your swimming pool can pose a danger to children, pets, and even adults. Yes, it’s a great source of entertainment and fun, but make sure that you take a few safety precautions to prevent accidents from happening.
Here are a few suggestions…
Install a fence. Many municipalities already enforce laws regarding fences around swimming pools. But if you don’t already have one, it’s time to call a fencing company. Gates should open outward and be equipped with automatic locking features.
Consider one or more alarm systems. In the event that you forget to lock your gate, an alarm will tell you if it is opened. Alternately, underwater sensors in your pool will set off an alarm when your pool surface is disturbed by something falling into it.
Reconsider your diving board. Even proficient divers can slip and hit their heads, and diving boards are often irresistible to curious but unskilled children. Leave these to larger diving pools with trained lifeguard staff.
Check for tripping hazards daily. Monitor your pool area for tripping hazards like floats, toys, and cleaning equipment left near the edge of the pool.
Check your drain covers. Drains can pose a hazard via dangerous suction that can trap swimmers at the bottom of the pool. Check drain covers to be sure they’re in good condition, with no cracks or missing screws.
Keep rescue equipment and a first aid kit handy. Your life ring, life hook, and first aid supplies should be kept in a clearly visible location in case they are ever needed. Check them regularly to be sure they’re in good condition.
Learn CPR. You never know when you will need this valuable, life-saving skill. Check with your local Red Cross about CPR classes, so you can learn to protect your family, neighbors, and visitors when emergency services are (critical) minutes away.
Teach your kids to swim. While you’re signing up for life-saving lessons, get your kids involved. If you’re having trouble teaching them yourself, look into private lessons. Kids often respond differently to professional instructors.
Set pool rules. Consider rules such as no running, no pushing/shoving/dunking, no diving into shallow water, and no swimming without an adult present.
Store chemicals out of reach. Your pool chemicals are designed to keep your water “healthy”, but they’re hardly healthy on their own. Store them in a locked, well-ventilated area.
For more information on your pool chemicals, storage, or treating your pool safely, give us a call. We can review your pool cleaning procedures to ensure that not only are you safe, but your pool is well maintained, too.
Your swimming pool can serve not only as a source of exercise and family time, but also as a decorative centerpiece in your backyard landscape. Of course, once unsightly stains begin to accumulate on the bottom, your pool isn’t looking quite as attractive anymore. What can you do to remove them, and prevent more stains in the future?
Swimming pool stains are usually caused by one of three factors: algae, metal, or buildup of dirt. First you will want to determine the type of stain that is affecting your pool. Then you will know how to remove it, and prevent the problem from recurring. If the stain is:
- Greenish brown… this indicates a stain from organic materials, such as algae or even leaf debris that was left too long in the pool
- Blue-green or teal…. this can indicate a copper stain
- Reddish-brown… this stain often originates from iron
- Brownish-black to purple… this can be the result of manganese in the water
- Rust-colored… if it looks like rust, it’s probably because a metal object found its way in to your pool, or a metal accessory is too close to the surface of the water
- A scum-line stain around the waterline of the pool… this is probably due to oils and dirt in the water
If algae or other organic materials are the culprit, shocking your pool by adding a high concentration of chlorine will be your first step. Next you will scrub the stains with chlorine granules, perhaps with a significant amount of “elbow grease” if the stain has set in over time. In the future, checking your pool chemistry and properly maintaining it will stop new stains from forming. And of course, don’t allow leaves and other debris to build up in your pool.
If the stains originate from one of the types of metal buildup listed above, we have products specially formulated to remove them. For future prevention, however, testing and maintaining your pool chemistry will be key. This is especially important if you normally have a higher concentration of metals in your water supply.
In some cases these metal stains are exacerbated by a layer of calcium buildup, commonly called “dirt scale” which essentially seals in the stain. These stains can be removed, but they often require more dedicated effort. You will need to lower your pool’s acidity to 6.8 to 7.o, and scrub the stains regularly (and don’t swim in your pool while your pH is lowered). Sometimes this process must be repeated a few times for several weeks.
If you’re dealing with a “scum line” or waterline stain, we can guide you toward a product that removes oils from your pool water.
If you need help identifying your stains or removing them, please give us a call. We can get your pool looking beautiful again, and show you how to prevent the stains from returning.