12
Aug
2016
Pool Maintenance

Your Guide to Removing Swimming Pool Stains


24
Jun
2016
Pool Maintenance
by Linda Golodner

How to Interpret Pool Chlorine Readings

Pool chlorine levels are easily measured by dipping a test strip in the pool for a few seconds and then matching the resulting color of the strip to a chart linked to “parts per million” chlorine levels. Here’s the rub: Some pool test kits measure “free chlorine,” whereas others measure both “free chlorine” and “total... Read More »

03
Jun
2016
Pool Maintenance
by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

Swimming Pool Water: When Clarity Counts

A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report states that one in eight swimming pool inspections in five states in 2013 resulted in immediate closure due to serious health and safety violations. Is it any wonder that officials with CDC are asking swimmers to be their own pool inspectors this summer?  The agency... Read More »

27
May
2016
Pool Maintenance
by Water Quality & Health Council

The Truth about Chlorine in Swimming Pools

This summer when you don your bathing suit and walk out onto the pool deck, you may be in for a sensory experience that conjures up happy memories of summers past—warm sunshine, sparkling pool water and the smell of chlorine.  If the chlorine smell is very strong, however, you may soon spot “red-eyed” swimmers emerging... Read More »

23
May
2016
Pool Maintenance
by Water Quality & Health Council

That “Chemical Smell” at the Pool Isn’t What You Think It Is

For America’s Most Fun Form of Summer Exercise, Experts Urge Swimmers to Use Senses to Stay Healthy at the Pool As Americans jump into another fun-filled summer of swimming, a new survey finds that most don’t know the real reason why some pools have a strong chemical smell. A survey conducted on behalf of the... Read More »

18
Sep
2015
Pool Maintenance
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

How to Drain a Residential Swimming Pool

Summer’s nearly over and many backyard swimming pool owners will soon undertake their annual “pool draining ritual.” Draining the water helps prevent damage to pools in geographic areas subject to freeze-thaw cycles. This article provides information to help you drain your pool responsibly. What’s the Big Deal? It’s easy enough to fill your pool with... Read More »

27
Mar
2015
Pool Maintenance
by Bob G. Vincent

Storing and Handling Pool Chemicals Safely

What’s more refreshing than swimming in crystal-clear pool water?  It takes chemistry to achieve “crystal clear”—the appropriate use of disinfectants, pH adjusters and algaecides.  Pool water would quickly become a cloudy, hazardous “microbial soup” without pool chemicals, but as with all chemicals, the ones we use in the pool must be treated with a heaping... Read More »

17
Oct
2014
Hygiene & Health
by Linda Golodner

Introducing the CDC Model Aquatic Health Code

This summer, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the availability of the first edition of its Model Aquatic Health Code. “The MAHC,” as it is known, provides free guidance on the design, construction, operation and maintenance of public swimming pools and spas. Why is such a document needed? As CDC notes... Read More »

03
Jul
2014
Pool Maintenance
by Water Quality & Health Council

Expert Advice for Backyard Pool Owners

Are you a backyard pool owner? Do you sometimes wish you could have free expert advice on pool maintenance? Your wish just came true: check out the Water Quality & Health Council’s popular online “Ask a Pool Operator” feature. The “Ask a Pool Operator” web page includes an extensive archive of questions and answers organized... Read More »

16
May
2014
Pool Maintenance
by Water Quality & Health Council

A “How to” Video on Pool Chemical Safety

A new report1 by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention features statistics on pool chemical incidents during the period 2003-2012.  The highlights include: An estimated 4,247 people2 per year went to emergency departments for injuries associated with pool chemicals; nearly half of these were younger than 18. The most frequent diagnosis was poisoning... Read More »