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Posts Tagged ‘swimming pool’

The Best Time to Paint a Pool

While generally speaking, spring has been the most popular time for repainting pools, it isn’t always the best time.

Just like master gardeners know they’ll get a jump start on their planting if they clean their beds in the fall, the same holds true for pool owners. Repaint your pool in the fall, and you’ll be enjoying yours without waiting.

In this article, we look at the best time to paint and pool and how to get it done right. (more…)

Tips for Extending Your Pool Season

In Kansas, the warm weather seems to last forever. So, why is it that many pool owners only leave their pools open for a few months each season?

Did you know that you can leave your pool open longer for maximum enjoyment? Let’s look at tips for extending your pool season. (more…)

Personal Hygiene for Kids at the Pool

Most everyone loves to swim, especially kids! In fact it’s one of the best summertime activities filled with fun. Yet, as kids head back to school, they often forget the basic rules of the pool. Once Labor Day comes around, it’s time for a reminder.

In this article, we look at personal hygiene for kids at the pool. Be sure and download the Healthy Swimming Education & Activity Book  to teach kids the basics of swimmer hygiene.


Personal Hygiene for Swimmers

While pools that are taken care of well are clean, clear and sanitized, swimmers must still take care before swimming.

Swimmers should shower (rinse off) before swimming, and no one should ever potty in the pool.

Substances like perspiration, make-up, body oil, lotions, urine and fecal matter react with the chlorine in your pool. The results?

  • You need to add more disinfectant to destroy bacteria
  • Byproducts occur making the swimming experience less than enjoyable

Persona hygiene also means that swimmers should never, ever, under any circumstances, swim when they have diarrhea. If they do, and any swimmers swallow contaminated water, they can get sick with the chlorine-resistant waterborne parasite Cryptosporidium (crypto).

Final Thoughts

We welcome your questions about pool hygiene, and we offer a wide range of the best pool and spa chemicals on the market.

Be sure and download the great activity book for your young swimmers.


How to Shock Your Swimming Pool

We talk a lot about the need to shock your pool periodically during the summer.  It’s the best way to bring your water back into balance, and when you shock your pool, the water is cleaner and clearer.

So, in this article, we look at how to shock your swimming pool, but first let’s explain a few things. (more…)

Healthy Swimming for the Summer

We live in a world filled with bacteria, and that holds true to your swimming pool as well.

And, you can bet no one wants to swim in a pool filled with bacteria, viruses, or other infectious organisms.

The reality though is that accidents happen, especially when you have a swimming pool filled with babies, children, and toddlers. So, how do you keep your pool clean?

Here’s how to have healthy swimming for the summer.

What are Recreational Water Illnesses?

Water illnesses in the pool are caused by germs. People pick up these germs by swallowing water or having contact with contaminated water. It can even be by contact with water sprays.

So, if you have a child who had an accident in the pool, everyone in your pool is at risk.

What’s more, this type of illness can be found not only in swimming pools but at water parks, water play areas, interactive fountains, lakes, rivers, and more.

Crypto (short for Cryptosporidium) is one of the most common causes of recreational water illnesses in the United States. It can cause prolonged diarrhea for up to two weeks, and you want to avoid it at all costs.

Look for These Signs

There are several signs you can look for if you’re a pool owner or simply a swimmer that might indicate a recreational water illness:

  • cloudy water
  • a strong chemical smell
  • no circulation of the water

How to Swim Healthy

You’ll find some ways to help contribute to a healthy swimming experience.

  • Shower before you get in the water.
  • If you or someone in your family has diarrhea, stay out of the pool.
  • Don’t get in the water if you have an open wound.
  • Don’t change diapers by the pool.
  • Make sure everyone in the pool knows that pee and poop are not allowed in the pool.
  • Take your kids to the bathroom every hour to help them avoid going to the bathroom in the pool.
  • Never, ever swallow the water and teach your kids to avoid that as well.

Tips for Keeping Your Pool Clean

As a pool owner, you want to have a healthy swimming experience for everyone who gets in your pool.

So, test your water on a regular basis. You can bring us a sample, and we’ll test it for free in our computerized ALEX system.

Shock your water after high bather loads. Need help? We are here for you!

Finally, keep your pool maintenance on a regular schedule and clean it often.

Final Thoughts

Keeping to a maintenance routine is vital for the cleanliness of your swimming pool and the health of your swimmers.

Clean your pool deck, your pool, and your equipment. Use the proper chemicals to avoid algae, cloudy water, dirty pools, and stinky smells.

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