There are many factors that can affect your pool’s chemistry. Circumstances such as weather, environment, and human contact play leading roles in the changing of its composition. Ignoring the upkeep of your water can result in sicknesses such as Pink Eye, Athlete’s Foot, Typhoid, and Schistosomes (commonly known as Swimmer’s itch).
It is imperative to get your water’s pH, alkalinity, residual chlorine, and bacteria levels tested by a pool professional or laboratory at least one week before opening. Luckily, after that first test, levels such as chlorine and pH can be monitored and maintained by the owner with the help of a pool test kit. Of course, if there are any serious problems with your water, you will want to again seek professional help.
These levels not only affect swimmers, but also the condition of your pool and lifetime of its equipment. All of these factors make it important to keep a constant check on your water’s chemistry.
More information on what pH, alkalinity, bacteria, and chlorine levels are, as well as the set safety standards of these levels, can be found within the following PA Health Department documents. The Health Department also provides information on how to take water samples, red flags your water may show, and precautions that must be taken if water is contaminated.
For customers who operate public pools and bathing, beaches under the authority of the Department of Health, HML is certified to do your weekly required bacterial testing.
If bacteria results from a public pool or beach exceed maximum levels, it is the duty of HawkMtn labs, as well as any PA laboratory, to report these results to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Both private and public pool owners will get a call from HML within 24 hours in the case of high bacteria and E. coli results.
A safe and happy summer begins with a safe and happy pool, know the signs and better understand your water!