Swim­ming in an unfa­mil­iar pool that you’re not per­son­ally respon­si­ble for tak­ing care of can be risky. Why you can’t see germs, you can use your senses to rec­og­nize the dif­fer­ence between a healthy swim­ming pool and one that might make you or your fam­ily sick.

  • Sight: Look for water that’s clean, clear and blue – free from algae and unclouded. From the perime­ter of the pool, you should be able to clearly see the drain or painted stripes on the pool floor. Also, look for drainage grills at the top of pool walls. Water should be con­stantly lap­ping over the grills to be filtered.
  • Touch: Check for tiles that feel smooth and clean. Sticky or slip­pery tiles are caused by algae and other unwanted organ­isms. A hand full or scoop of water should dis­perse quickly and not stick to your hands.
  • Smell: Chlo­rine helps keep pools healthy, and will not cause a strong chem­i­cal odor in a well-maintained, healthy swim­ming pool. Strong chem­i­cal odors, as well as skin, eye or res­pi­ra­tory irri­ta­tion, are caused by the high lev­els of chlo­ramines, formed when chlo­rine com­bines with con­t­a­m­i­nants brought into pools by swimmers.
  • Sound: Lis­ten for pool clean­ing equip­ment. Prop­erly oper­at­ing pumps help make sure that clean, chlo­ri­nated water reaches all parts of the pool, while fil­ters phys­i­cally remove debris.

Infor­ma­tion cour­tesy of healthy poolpools.org



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