Make sure you can clearly see the bot­tom of your swim­ming pool. Cloudy swim­ming pools are a big haz­ard.

Cloudy swimming pools aren't just unpleasant... they're dangerous! Keep it clear.

Cloudy swim­ming pools aren’t just unpleas­ant… they’re dan­ger­ous! Keep it clear.

A very pre­ventable yet dan­ger­ous con­di­tion in a swim­ming pool occurs when the water gets too cloudy.  Cloudy water in your pool will appear milky white and have no col­orations. There are sev­eral rea­sons why this happens—and it’s seri­ous. It greatly increases the  risk of  drown­ings.  The cloudy water makes it  impos­si­ble for life guards (or you) to see a dis­tressed swim­mer at the bot­tom of your pool. Check out these facts.

  • Every year there are over 3,000 drown­ing deaths in the United States
  • More than 1 in 5 of these are chil­dren under 14
  • Drown­ing is the sec­ond lead­ing cause of unin­ten­tional death for chil­dren 1 to 4
  • Cloudy or murky water is cited as a con­tribut­ing fac­tor in nearly 10% of drownings
  • This means that over 300 deaths could be pre­vented every year if a few sim­ple main­te­nance steps were implemented.

Cloudy water can be caused by many con­t­a­m­i­nants in your pool.  Swim­mers’ sun­tan oils and lotions, dirt, algae, bac­te­ria and min­er­als are among the most com­mon cul­prits. Storms can also make your pool water cloudy with pollen, dirt, dust, sand, etc.

It’s cru­cial to main­tain proper pool chem­istry all the time. Clean your pool fil­ters reg­u­larly.  It also helps to make sure that swim­mers shower before get­ting in the water, min­i­miz­ing the oils, lotions and dirt that leech into the water.  Here’s a gen­eral rule of thumb: Pool water is too cloudy if you can­not eas­ily see the bot­tom of the pool.  If your pool sit­u­a­tion becomes this seri­ous, evac­u­ate the pool and do not allow swim­ming until the con­di­tion has been treated prop­erly and cleared up. Main­tain­ing clear water is just one of the many ways to help ensure the safety of all.

Got cloudi­ness ques­tions? Give us a call. We love to help clear things up!

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